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Dalton Smith

Aug 05, 2013

Col. Dalton Smith, 95, formerly of Farmington, died April 16, 2013.

Funeral services for Col. Dalton Smith, were held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Haworth, New Jersey on July 13. Burial will be August 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Farmington cemetery. Arrangements are being made by the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home of Farmington. In lieu of service flowers, donations may be sent to the Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ (www.globalministries.org), the Air Force Memorial (www.airforcememorial.org) or Central College (www.central.edu).

Contributions may be mailed to Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home, P.O. Box 56, Donnellson, Iowa 52625.

The son of Harry Fayette Smith and Marge Nancy Lanman Smith, he attended public schools in Farmington, Keosauqua and Ft. Madison, Iowa, Drake University in Des Moines and graduated from Central College in Pella.

His career included both top-secret cold war planning for the Strategic Air Command and directing Christian missionaries on five continents.

He led an elite group within General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s European command that recommended targets in what was then the Soviet Union for aircraft equipped with nuclear weapons.

At the time he retired from the Air Force, he was Chief of Staff for Air Force Intelligence at the Pentagon. He left the military after more than 23 years of continuous active duty including World War II, in which he served in Europe and North Africa. He received the Bronze Star, the European-African-Middle East Medal with twelve bronze service stars and the Korean Service Medal. At one point, he was Deputy for Intelligence in the Far East Air Force Bomber Command in Japan. He was also awarded the United Nations Service Medal.

After retiring from the Air Force, he joined the headquarters staff of United Church Board for World Ministries in New York City.

He also served as moderator of the denomination’s Central Atlantic Conference.

After his second retirement, became head of the denomination’s New Jersey Association. He later served as the executive associate for the church’s president, Avery D. Post.

He is survived by three children, Suzanna D. Smith (Gary Appelson) of Gainesville, Fla., Timothy Lon (Penny Poirier) Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Thomas Fayette Smith of Haworth, N.J.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Waneta Wilson Wood.

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