Curtis L. Smiley
October 8, 1921 - May 15, 2020
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Curtis Lee Smiley of West Lafayette passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020.  He was 98.  Curt was born on October 8, 1921, outside of Rochester, Indiana, to Edith (Haimbaugh) Smiley and Glen Smiley.  Curt graduated from Stockland, IL, high school in 1939.  He attended the University of Illinois and earned a B.S. in Agriculture. …

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Dave and Charlotte McGaw left a message on May 20, 2020:
Charlotte and I are saddened by the passing of Curt and the loss to the Smiley family. Curt and I team-taught biology at West Lafayette High School for many years. Our families visited and enjoyed dining together many times. He was one of my mentors who constantly inspired my teaching. The biology students loved and respected Curt, and many would come and tell me of his farm stories (from his agricultural background) that he used to explain biological principles. Students in many high schools in the United States used the biological educational materials that Curt and our team co-authored. We are thankful to Curt and his family for many good times. Curt was a warm, wonderful, friend and colleague. We will remember he and Lois Lee forever.
Don and Mary Secrist left a message on May 18, 2020:
In memory of Curtis L. Smiley, Don and Mary Secrist lit a candle
Tonya Dexter left a message on May 18, 2020:
Thank you, Dr. Smiley!
Rob Weisbach left a message on May 18, 2020:
I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I was fortunate enough to have both Mr. and Mrs Smiley in class. Growing up, I was often an unannounced visitor at their house on Tecumseh Park Lane. When my mother past away, I was looking for direction and during one such visit at 18 years old, they suggested I return to Ball State and switch my study to Education. I have been a teacher for 31 years now. They touched, directly and indirectly, thousands of lives.
Class of 1977. WLHS left a message on May 17, 2020:
On behalf of all the students you impacted in such a positive way..... Thank you.
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Class of 1977. WLHS left a message on May 17, 2020:
On behalf of all the students you impacted in such a positive way..... Thank you.
Cindy Richey Anderson left a message on May 17, 2020:
So sorry for your loss. He was such a sweet man. I had him for a teacher and Mrs. Smiley was my 5th grade teacher at Cumberland. Such sweet people.
Kathy Tuite Leistner left a message on May 17, 2020:
In memory of Curtis L. Smiley, Kathy Tuite Leistner lit a candle
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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