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Terry Lee Smay

December 14, 1949 November 8, 2017
Terry Lee Smay
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Terry, age 67 of Littleton, Colorado.

Life Statement

Terry L. Smay went home to the Lord on November 8, 2017 in Littleton, Colorado. He has left
behind a life and legacy to be celebrated. His life began on December 14, 1949 to parents
Grant Ed Smay and Joyce Hoffman in Peoria, Illinois. Terry was followed into life by brothers
Steve and Eddie, and much later by half-sisters Heidi Jo and Tandy. His family moved to Los
Angeles, California where he grew up and later raised his own family. He met his high school
sweetheart Sharon Ricker at Open Bible Church in Tujunga and they began their lives together
on February 22, 1969, at which time he was blessed with an entire new family including parents
Harry and Faye, siblings Sandy, Harry, and Wendell. Terry and Sharon unfortunately spent the
beginning of their marriage apart while Terry served in the US Navy. He did three tours
overseas where he gained a valuable education that later created a successful career. He was
very proud to serve a tour on the USS New Jersey and work his way up to an E5 Electricians
Mate. Once he was back home, Terry went into the electrical contracting business with his
father Ed and brother Steve, and started a family with Sharon, blessing this world with Matt and
Charity. He enjoyed coaching football and baseball as Matt grew up, taking family vacations to
his favorite places in Hawaii, being an active member of Open Bible Church, and visiting family
in Arkansas. He had a long and prosperous business with his brother Steve until retirement
from Smay Electric in 2010. In retirement Terry and Sharon moved to Colorado to be closer to
Matt, his wife Maren, and granddaughters Maegan and Madison, with frequent trips to Idaho to
visit Charity, Todd, and twin grandsons Luke and Caden. Terry’s joy in life was his family, his
loving wife Sharon, and he cherished times all together in California, Colorado, Yellowstone and
Big Sky. Terry was preceded in death by his mother Joyce, half sister Heidi Jo, father Ed,
step-mother Marie, father in law Harry, and furry companion Rugsby.

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Previous Events

Service

Monday

13

Nov

11:00 AM 11/13/2017 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11/13/2017 12:00:00 PM
The Chapel at Ellis Family Services

13436 West Arbor Place
Littleton, CO 80127

The casket will not be open for visitation or services. The family will gather at 11:00 AM to visit, followed by services starting afterwards by 11:30 AM.

The Chapel at Ellis Family Services
13436 West Arbor Place Littleton 80127 CO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Golden Cemetery Final Resting Place

755 Ulysses Street
Golden, CO 80401

755 Ulysses Street Golden 80401 CO
United States

Memorial Contribution

Freedom Service Dogs of America

7193 S. Dillon Ct.
Englewood, CO 80112
In Terry's honor.
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