Cleo C. Smeaton

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cleo C. Smeaton, 89, of Danville, Ind., died June 19, 2010, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at Baker Funeral Home in Danville, with visitation one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at

Born June 13, 1921, in Slater, he was the son of the late Clarence and Pauline Thomson Smeaton. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and received his pilot's wings. On April 15, 1945, in Corpus Christi, Texas, he married Rita Marie O'Laughlin, who preceded him in death. During World War II, he served as a pilot instructor in naval aviation services, and after the war he served as Army Company Commander of the 205th Medical Battalion. He graduated from Missouri Valley College in 1948, with a business administration degree. He worked for Allison division of General Motors before retiring in 1980. He was a member of the Plainfield Eagles Lodge, Danville American Legion and had served on the Danville Zoning Board.

Survivors include three children, Michael Smeaton, Jami Smeaton of Danville, and Patricia Moore of Hyndman, Penn.; one sister, Lois Johnson of Lenexa, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Steven Smeaton, and two sisters, Geraldine Coleman and Loid Vinyard.