Mr. Jacob Smit, 88, of Deep Gap, died Sunday morning, Oct. 27, 2013, at Glenbridge Health Care.
Mr. Smit was born July 10, 1925, in Holland, a son of the late Andre and Martha Hofman Smith. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Boone. He moved from Manassas, Va., to Deep Gap in 1985.
He was a graduate of Siena College, a World War II Veteran where he served as a navigator and radar observer in the United States Air Force. He was a physicist for the United States Bureau of Standards. His high country interests included hiking, running, model airplanes, model trains, power lifting, and "people", as well as being a voracious reader. It was not unusual for folks needing an answer to a question on any subject to say, "ask Jake!"
He is survived by three nephews, Andy Gallo and his wife, Cheryl, and their children, Chris, Joe, and Melissa of Modesto, Calif., Jeff Gallo and his wife, Tammie, and their children, Jeremy, Tara, and Seth of Riverbank, Calif., Dan Gallo and his wife, Lisa, and their children, Chelsea, Talia, and Sam of San Jose, Calif.; a cousin Corrine Loucks of Boone, and extended family members in Schenectady, N.Y. He is also survived by special friends in the high country, Dan and Fran Greenfield, Robert and Brenda Cornell, Kenneth Hubbard, Marty and Christine Watson, Janice Miller, his fellow parishoners at Grace Lutheran Church, and the managers and wait staff at the Golden Corral.
In addition to his father and mother, Andre and Martha Hofman Smith, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Norma Smit, and his sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Bill Gallo.
Memorial services for Mr. Jacob Smit will be conducted 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Grace Lutheran Church. Officiating will be Pastor Derek Boggs, and Pastor Harwood Smith.
A receiving of friends will be held following the service in the Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 115 East King Street, Boone, NC 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the Smit family at http://www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.