Corey Smith, Anchorage, Alaska

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Corey J. Smith, 28, of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Maple Lake, passed away at home Dec. 29, 2012. A memorial will be from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Monticello VFW, with a benefit to follow. Corey was born on Nov. 18, 1984, in Yankton, SD, and his family later moved to Maple Lake. Corey played football and enjoyed wrestling. He loved spending time with family and friends. Corey graduated from Annandale High in 2003. In 2004, he enlisted into the Army and was stationed at Ft. Richardson, Alaska, with the 4/25. There he met and married his wife, Jaylyn (Reaume), on Sept. 30, 2005. While in the Army, he served a 14-month deployment to Iraq in 2006-2007. He enrolled at UAA seeking his Masters in social work. Corey retired from the army in 2009. That year Corey and Jaylyn welcomed their daughter, Hannah, into their family. He worked for Inter-Con for the past 3 years. Corey was a very devoted, loving husband and best friend. Corey was the most caring and supportive person. He always did his best to help others and cared deeply for his family and friends. He was the most amazing father to his daughter. No father could be more proud of their child. He loved taking Hannah on their Daddy- daughter dates. Corey was not just a hero in the Army; he was a hero in our lives every day. Corey loved the outdoors, lake fishing and hiking in the woods. Corey was interested in Jhu-Jitsu and competed at the 2005 All Army Combatives tournament. Corey enjoyed writing poetry. He was a very staunch Conservative and Glenn Beck fan. Corey is survived by his wife, Jaylyn; daughter, Hannah; parents, Tim and Kathy Smith; brother, Travis (Melissa); sister, Autum; parent in-laws, David and Debbie Reaume; as well as a very loving, extended family. Corey is preceded in death by his older brother, Timothy Smith. A memorial fund has been established at Credit Union One. Please make contributions to Smith Memorial Fund account number 534656, for his wife and daughter.

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