George J. Smits April 17, 1931 - October 14, 2018

George J. Smits, 87, formerly of Macungie, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, So. Whitehall Twp. He was the husband of the late Dorothy E. (Neuls) Smits. Born in Patterson, NJ, he was a son of the late Garrett and Anna (Fredricks) Smits. George was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and played with the Second Infantry Division Band. He served as a Salvation Army officer for 10 years. George then was a Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America for over 27 years before retiring from the Baden Powell Council in Dryden, NY in 1993. While a Scout Executive, George was also a Mason, with Masonic Union Lodge #40 for almost 25 years. After retirement, Mr. Smits volunteered with L.V. Hospital – Cedar Crest for 20 years. He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Emmaus, where he served as an Elder and sang in the choir.

Survivors: Children: Charles Smits and his spouse Tim Cooney of Lansdale, George E. Smits and his wife June of Tonopah, AZ, Laura Miller and her husband Doland of Newport News, VA, Paul Smits and his wife Amber of Wescosville, Joseph Smits and his wife Elaine of Emmaus, Raymond Smits and his wife Wendy of Berkshire, NY, Ruth Keagle and her husband Jason of Newfield, NY, Dorothy Reifinger and her husband Scott of Center Valley; Grandchildren: George H., Dawn, Amanda, DeeJ, Phil, Jeremy, Diana, Jessica, Christy, Katie, Nikki, Dalton, Kimi, Zachary & Zoey and more than 20 great grandchildren. George was predeceased by his twin-brother William and his brother John.

Services: 7 pm Thursday, Faith Presbyterian Church, 2nd & Cherokee Sts., Emmaus 18049. Call 5:30 – 7 pm Thursday in the church. Arrangements by Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., www.stephensfuneral.com. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers to the Stained Glass Fund, Faith Presbyterian Church.


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