Veteran's Work Ethic Ideal for State Trooper Job
Smith, Craig, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Ed Smetana combined his love of travel and camping in a long family vacation in the early 1970s.
"He pulled a travel trailer to California and back with an Oldsmobile 88. ... Can you imagine?" said his son, Edward Smetana Jr. of Butler.
Edward F. Smetana of Hampton, a retired state trooper, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. He was 87.
A World War II Navy veteran who did some boxing during his service, Mr. Smetana lost a couple of teeth to the sport, his son said. He served in the Pacific Theater as a torpedoman's mate 3rd class, taking part in the Philippine Liberation and receiving the Victory Medal.
Mr. Smetana then worked for 31 years as a state trooper in Punxsutawney, Gibsonia and Washington. When he retired, he owned and operated a driver's training school.
Larry Stayduhar of McCandless worked with Mr. Smetana at the Gibsonia barracks.
"I love the guy," he said. "He was a great guy."
They worked well together, said Stayduhar, who was a trooper for 27 years. …