Vaughn Wilbur Smith

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PRESQUE ISLE - Vaughn Wilbur Smith went peacefully to heaven to be with Maxine, the love of his life on July 5, 2019 at the House of Comfort in Presque Isle. He was born in Castle Hill, Maine on September 1, 1923 to Leland and Hazel (Snowie) Smith and lived and farmed in Aroostook County his entire life, except for his military service during WWII. He married the love of his life, Maxine Lovley Smith on June 19, 1943 and they celebrated 75 years of marriage in June 2018 with a renewal of vows and a family celebration.
Vaughn grew up in Castle Hill, attended the Porter School, and then graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1941, all the while working for his Dad on the family farm. When WWII escalated, against his father's wishes, he joined the Air Corps Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program. He married Maxine and headed off to serve 2 years in the Air Corps. At wars end, he joined his father on the farm and purchased his first farm in 1947. His flying hobby remained and over the next 50 years, he advanced through the Aeronautical ratings, earning Commercial, Instrument, Multi Engine, and Flight Instructor licenses. He used his hobby often over the years to supplement farm income doing Commercial flying for the local flying service. After Randy graduated from college, he joined Dad on the farm and then Scott returned from the Marine Corps to join them. Together they built a farm business to be proud of - in fact they were chosen Farm Family of the Year in 1991. In 1997, the hard decision to discontinue the farm operation was made and all was sold to Cavendish Farms.
During these years, he also gave back to the community serving as Town Councilman and Tax Assessor for Castle Hill, School Director on the board of School Union of Castle Hill, Chapman, and Mapleton and then for M.S.A.D. #1 for 17 years. He has also served as a member of numerous farm organizations and served 6 years as a Farm Credit Bank Director. He was a past Master of Castle Hill Grange, Washburn Rotary Club, Young Farmers, and the Presque Isle Flying Club. He was a 50 year Mason. But most important in the family life was being faithful active members of Mapleton United Methodist Church and then Grant Memorial United Methodist Church after moving to Presque Isle in 1984, serving in many capacities over the years. In 2010, the decision was made to move to Leisure Village due to Mom's failing health and we all joked that Dad had become the "unpaid marketing director" as he loved the facility and staff so very much.
His surviving family includes his children, Sandra (Michael) Keliher, Scott (Diane) Smith and Randy (Deborah) Smith; his grandchildren, Libby (Jason) Reynolds, Alice (Chris) Harsh; Dory (Jesse) Graham, Leigh (Maria) Smith, Kelly Smith, Jamie (Amanda) Smith, Nichole Smith and a step-granddaughter Wendy (Matthew) McKenney; his great-grandchildren, Samuel and Ben Reynolds, Logan and Hailey Harsh, Porter and Alden Graham, and Remi Smith, and step-great grandchildren Emilia and Brynn McKenney; his sister-in-law Sylvia Lovley as well as many loved nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Maxine, and his brother Merle F. Smith.
Dad was loved so much by all the wonderful staff at Leisure Village and they took such perfect care of him especially during his last months. We are so grateful for the tenderness and love that every one of them showed him. An additional thank you goes out to the Doctors and staff at House of Comfort - they treated Dad and our family with such dignity and love.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday August 3 at 10AM at Grant Memorial United Methodist Church with reception to follow. Burial at Castle Hill cemetery afterwards will be for family only. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to House of Comfort or Grant Memorial United Methodist Church. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.duncan-graves.com
Published on July 8, 2019
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Ann Randall
Jul 08, 2019
So sorry for your loss.Vaughn was a dear man and will be greatly missed by my entire family.Take care and comfort knowing he is reunited with his lovely wife.RIP
Jul 08, 2019