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Lawrence Smith Jr.             
Oct. 13, 1925 — May 3, 2012       Magazine Duty aboard

                                                       USS Bunker Hill

Monday, May 7, 2012 10:44 PM MST

Lawrence Smith Jr. passed away in Lake Havasu City on May 3, 2012, at the age of 86. Corky as he was known to family and friends, was born on Oct. 13, 1925, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Lawrence and Lola (Crick) Smith.

Corky was the owner of Barclay Architectural Products before moving to Lake Havasu City 23 years ago. He served his country proudly in the U. S. Navy during WW II. He was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, B.P.O.E. #2399, V.F.W. Post #9401. He loved magic, golf, tennis and making people laugh. He enjoyed music, reading classified ads out loud, history and politics. He also enjoyed spending time with his coffee buddies at Hastings,
bible study group, Criscillo group and Veterans Support group.

Corky is survived by his loving family; wife of 65 years Eleanor Smith of Lake Havasu City; sons, Larry (Jeanne) Smith of Austin, Texas, and Steve (Donna) Smith of McKinney, Texas; daughters, Michelle “Shelly” (Pete) Klovanish of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Kathleen (Bill) Slagle of Las Vegas; 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Memorial services will take place on Tuesday May 8, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2170 Havasupai Blvd., Lake Havasu City, with words of comfort and inspiration by Pastor Jim Price and Rev. Steven Smith. A reception will follow at the Church.

Donation can be made in Corky’s name to Mt Olive Lutheran Building
Fund or Hospice of Havasu, P O Box 597, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403.

Thoughts and condolences may be sent to Corky’s family at
www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home & Crematory.

William Linenberg, 94, of Langhorne, a retired salesman, Torah reader and educator who was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor during World War II, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, of myelofibrosis, a blood disease, at his home.

Mr. Linenberg graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1935 and earned  a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was on the wrestling team.

In 1941, he enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to the aircraft carrier Bunker Hill as a gunnery officer.

The ship saw action in the Pacific, including the invasions of the Marshall and Marianas Islands, the invasion of Iwo Jima, and raids on Japanese bases.

On May 11, 1945, the Bunker Hill was hit by two kamikaze aircraft. The wooden deck was set on fire and 373 crew members died, with 264 more wounded. Mr. Linenberg pulled sailors from the gun turrets and carried them to safety, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He had nightmares for years after the war, his wife, Florence, said.

Mr. Linenberg remained in the Navy Reserve until 1953, resigning as a lieutenant commander.

After his discharge from active duty, he was a salesman for Penn Syrup Co. Then for 31 years, until retiring in 1991, he was with Marstan Manufacturing Co. in Northeast Philadelphia, a supplier of paper goods and equipment to restaurants.

He was a talented salesman, his wife said. He was handsome and charming without being flamboyant, and could walk into a room and own it, she said.

Mr. Linenberg raised two children in West Philadelphia and Mount Airy with his first wife, Estelle Meyerson Linenberg. They then lived in Elkins Park before divorcing.

In 1980, he married Florence Einbinder.

Mr. Linenberg's Polish immigrant parents were devout Orthodox Jews. At the age of 5 he began studying Hebrew, and at 15, he was hired to read the Torah at Lenov Hazedeh Synagogue in West Philadelphia. While he was in high school, he would spend 12 to 14 hours a week preparing his Torah readings, his son, Bruce, said. Later he was a Torah reader at B'nai Jeshurun, a Conservative synagogue then in Mount Airy, where he also taught Bar and Bat Mitzvah students.

From 1972 until retiring in 2003, when he was 85, he taught Hebrew to youngsters and later to adults at Temple Adath Israel in Merion, where he was also a Torah reader.

He was a superb teacher, his wife said. He made the  classes fun and created a football board game for the youngsters to play on breaks. Even students with learning disabilities were able to read the Torah under his tutelage, she said.

He was always sorry he wasn't a professional, his wife said, and regretted turning down a scholarship to medical  school or not becoming a full-time teacher.

His wife reminded him of the generations of Hebrew students he taught. He helped keep the Jewish tradition alive, his son said.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Linenberg is survived by a daughter, Marsha Rubin; stepdaughters Kathy Einbinder-Schatz and Amy Kegerreis; a stepson, David Einbinder; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. His former wife died in 2008.

A funeral was Friday, Aug. 24, at Temple Adath Israel. Burial was in Montefiore Cemetery, Jenkintown.

Donations may be made to Temple Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Ave., Merion, Pa. 19066

 

 

William Linenberg

USS BUNKERHILL CV-17

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Date Deceased

Info

Cmdr. Harold R. Gordinier USN Retired —     

Alexander H. Domonkos  -  VB-84 Pilot—        

4-27-12

 

4-28-12

 

 

Donald Frist

Rising Sun, MD

6-06-12

 

Lawrence “Corky” Smith

Lake Havasu City, AZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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