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Irving G. Smith, Warsaw USDA director <br> Jan. 22, 1924 -- March 28, 2006

Irving G. Smith, retired director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Stabilization Conservation Service here, died Tuesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo. He was 82.

Born in Castile, Mr. Smith was an Army Combat Engineers veteran of World War II, serving in Europe.

He was Stabilization Conservation Service director in Warsaw for 25 years before he retired in 1982.

A Clifton Springs resident, Mr. Smith was a member of First United Methodist Church of Warsaw and was commander of the Wyoming County American Legion. He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; Warsaw Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons; Centennial Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; Crystal Salt Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; the Warsaw Grange; and Letchworth Chapter, Wyoming County Conservation Club. He also had been active in the Warsaw Fire Department.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald of Hiram Lake and Mark Smyth of Pittsford; three daughters, Diane Waldron of Fairfax, Va., Patricia Partridge of Batavia and Joyce Benham of Mendon; two sisters, Velma Charlesworth of Stratford, Conn., and Lois Audrey Root of Le Roy; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and his companion, Betty Baker of Clifton Springs.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church of Warsaw, 6 W. Court St. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Gainesville.

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