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Charles "Charlie or Chuck" Edward Smith

July 3, 1942 ~ September 13, 2020 (age 78)


     Charles Edward Smith (Chuck or Charlie) 78-years-old from Riggins, Idaho passed away on Sept. 13, 2020 in his home of natural causes in his sleep. 

     There will be no services held as per his request.  His only wish was to be buried next to his lovely wife Helen who passed away on Dec. 19, 2017. 

     Charlie was born in Dubuque, Iowa on July 3, 1942.  After graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force in Iowa.  Eventually he was stationed at Mtn. Home Air Force Base which is where he met his wife Helen Dean Leetham.  They were married in Nevada on Jan. 1, 1962; they were married 55 years. 

     Charlie worked in construction several years before turning his hobby of “Rockhounding” into a full-time, successful, life-long business that he pursued to his dying day.

     Charlie is survived by granddaughter, Tia Maure Smith, daughter-in-law Cristina L. Smith, brother Marty Smith, half-brothers Mike Mulford, Marty Mulford and Les Mulford and half-sister Marilyn Mulford Hansen, all of Iowa.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sons Donald Smith in 1989 and Ross A. Smith in 1999, his beloved wife Helen Dean Smith in 2017, and brother Bill Smith.

     Charlie was well-known and respected in the gem and mineral clubs throughout the United States and abroad.  He fulfilled his last wishes before his passing.  Charlie did not let very many people in and those who he did, will miss him greatly.

     Burial will be in the Riggins Cemetery, next to his wife Helen.

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     Arrangements in care of McCall Funeral Home.

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