Terrance M. Smith

October 14, 1937January 13, 2012

Terrance M. (Terry) Smith Merritt Island

Terrance M. (Terry) Smith died peacefully at home on Friday, January 13, 2012. Terry was born October 14, 1937 to Day and Leona Skoda Smith in St. Paul Minnesota. He attended Cretin High School in St Paul and the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, his sons Greg (Susan) of El Dorado Arkansas, Damian (Thuylien) of Rockledge, Joel (Teresa) of Fort Worth, Texas and daughter Pam Edenfield of Savannah, Georgia . He has ten grandchildren: Stephen, Jaclyn, Jessica, Nicholas, Corey, Justin and Alycia Smith, Anna Claire Edenfield, Casey and Carolyn Bonfield. He is also survived by his brother, Timothy Smith of White Bear Lake, and stepmother, Peggy Smith of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota along with many nieces and nephews. Terry’s aerospace career began with Douglas Aircraft /McDonnell-Douglas in California working on the Manned Orbiting Laboratory and the Saturn programs. He was transferred to Kennedy Space Center in 1972 with Skylab. Other programs included Delta, Space Shuttle Payloads, SPOC, Spacelab Program, Hubble Telescope and the International Space Station. He retired in 1999 as Director of Engineering for Boeing. He was a past president and active member of the McDonnell Douglas Retiree Association. We will miss his quick sense of humor, his fine culinary talents (especially his eggs benedict), and his wonderful slide shows from his many adventures with his “Minnesota Cruising” friends. Terry was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church on Merritt Island and served as a lector for many years. The family will receive friends on Friday January 20, 2012 from 10:00- 11:00 am followed by a memorial mass at 11:00 am at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 1940 N. Courtney Parkway, Merritt Island, Florida. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Catholic Church or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at

Arrangements under the direction of Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home, Merritt Island, FL.


  • Visitation Friday, January 20, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 20, 2012

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Pete Seifert

January 24, 2012

Terry's friends and family are invited to join members of the Cretin High School class of 1955 as we celebrate a traditional "Month's Mind" Mass for him in the school chapel in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Mass is at 11:00 AM on February 13, just one month after Terry's death. Cretin High School is at 550 Albert St South, Saint Paul, MN 55116.

January 19, 2012

Virginia and Family. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. May you find solace and strength through faith. Terry was a good man. We are honored to have known him. His legacy will be the great family he raised. Tom, Stella, Katie and Olivia Livingston.

Clark Creery

January 18, 2012

I worked with Terry in my first assignment to McDonnell Douglas at KSC here in Florida. He was a great manager and after he retired I talked to him often when he was leading the retiree association. I, for one, will miss him and I send my condolences to the family.


January 18, 2012

Dear Virginia, Greg/Susan, Damian/ThuyLien, Joel/Teresa, and Pam.

We are very sad to hear that Terry died peacefully at home on Friday January 13, 2012. We wish he will go to the Heaven and under Jesus's Protection.
We would like to share with your great loss. We will miss Terry as an in-law and a friend who can share the KSC experiences and the world travels.
We always prayed for Terry.
The Truong's family : Huan/Tuyet, Cuong/Thuy Linh, and Kiet.

January 17, 2012

Virginia and family, Terry will be greatly missed not only by you and yours, but by all the friends he had made at McDonnell-Douglas. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We extend to you our deepest sympathy. Jamie and Jim Kidd

January 17, 2012

Virginia and family, Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. We bowled together on the same league years ago, and I remember that Terry made us all laugh, even when we had a bad score. It was a pleasure working with Terry too.
Karen (Rudolph) Kremkau

Cheryl Gagliardi

January 17, 2012

To the Smith family - I worked for Terry during his Boeing days. Great boss; great man. May you all soon be at peace knowing everyone cared so much.

January 17, 2012

May the Lord comfort you and keep you .
May His enveloping LOVE surround you.
Our prayers are with you and your family.
Carole Addeo & Jeanne Dietz

Dale and Diane Cicirelli

January 17, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss and saddened by the news of Terry's passing. He has been a fixture at Divine Mercy for so many years and it seems like it wasn't all that long ago that we saw him at 11:30 mass. He was a good man and will be missed. Our condolences to your entire family.