Obituaries - 03/05/2014

Walter Smorgans

February 25, 2014

INDIAN LAKE--Walter Smorgans, 93, formerly of LaVergne Rd., Indian Lake, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 25, 2014 at The Lodge at Shelburne Bay, Shelburne, Vt.

Born Sept. 10, 1920 in South River, N.J. he was the son of Stephen and Helen (Maletz) Smorgonetz. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a Radar Operator on a B-24 with the 55th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. Their mission included solo flights over Japan to observe weather conditions for Army Air operations.

He participated in the Air Offensive in Japan and earned the Air Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He maintained interests in aviation and weather observation throughout his life.

Until his retirement in 1982, Walter was employed as an Industrial Electrician at Hercules Powder Company, Parlin, N.J.

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Helen M. Smorgans, in 2011.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Smorgans Marshall and her husband Roger Marshall of Burlington, Vt; and one son, Walter M. Smorgans and his wife Cindy of Cambridge, Vt.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Liddy, Karen, Kenda and Julie, his caregivers in Indian Lake, and to the wonderful staff in the Haven in Shelburne, Vt.

In accordance with Walter’s wishes, there are no calling hours or funeral services scheduled. Entombment will be in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

Donations in Walter’s memory may be directed to Indian Lake Ambulance Corps, POB 39, Indian Lake NY 12842.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Miller Funeral Home, 6357 NYS Rte. 30, Indian Lake. To express online condolences, please visit