Galen Anthony Smith

Oct 22, 1955 - Nov 5, 2020
Galen Anthony Smith, a retired Air Force Veteran and resident of Riverton, Wyoming, died unexpectedly on November 5, 2020, at the age of 65 while sleeping at his home.

Galen leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter McKenzie T. Baptiste; three sisters, Dr. K. Veronica Smith (Joshua Hill); Mrs. Tracey Smith-Pierce (Lamont Pierce); and Mrs. Donna Smith-Harris (Anthony Harris). He is also survived by nieces and nephews; Demora Henry, Jeffrey Bailey, Tiffany Henry, Dorian Rose, Kimberly Wilson, Brittany Gilzene, Jasmine Pierce, Elijah Howell-Smith, Chayanne Howell-Smith, Isiah Howell, Erica Pierce, Tylynn Smith, Katrina Pierce, Ariel Tiffany Smith, and Janei Pierce. He also left behind, his friend, Don Kelly. He is predeceased by his father, Eric Smith; mother, Coral Smith; grandfather, Arthur Smith; grandmother, Netta Smith; and nephew, Arthur Sean Rose.

Galen was the oldest sibling and only son born to Eric and Coral Smith. He was born in Mount Vernon, New York on October 22, 1955. He attended Mount Vernon City Public Schools. In 1973, at the age of 18, during his senior year at Mount Vernon High School, he entered the Air Force where he subsequently graduated from high school. While serving in the military for approximately 10 years, he traveled from the east coast to Germany and ended his tour in Minot, North Dakota. His marriage to Penny produced his beloved daughter McKenzie, who was the “apple of his eye.”

As a child, Galen enjoyed drawing and building model cars. He continued throughout his life being intrigued by race cars. He purchased his first car after enlisting in the Air Force. It was a 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Although he had many cars and trucks, a corvette would be one of his favorites. He also loved watching television into the wee hours of the morning, as he would stay up all night and sleep all day. He loved a good pair of kicks; shoes were his fetish, as well as his love for dressing. Music was his passion and he loved the sounds of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. He particularly loved Luther Vandross, “Dance with my Father.” In addition, he loved mashed potatoes, meatloaf with gravy, corn, and rolls.

After his discharge from the Air Force, Galen tried his hand at several different careers, including roofing and security. In recent years, Galen enjoyed singing at Karaoke and socializing with friends and family members. Moreover, he was a great conversationalist and listener. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

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