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Obituary for Quentin Reuel Smelzer

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Quentin Reuel Smelzer

October 17, 1929 - August 7, 2017

Quentin Reuel Smelzer, Jr., age 87 years, passed away peacefully at his home in Huntsville, Utah on Monday, August 7, 2017. He was born October 17, 1929, to Marie Goetz Smelzer and Quentin R. Smelzer in Buffalo, New York. Growing up in Williamsville, New York, he enjoyed playing on his high school basketball team. Quentin graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant, having trained at Quantico, Virginia and stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

After his time with the Marine Corps, he began a very successful business career in Chicago in the mid-1950’s and then on to Wall Street in Manhattan in 1957 to work in the sugar industry. He married Sally Nolen and was later divorced.

In 1968, Art Benning, owner of Ogden-based Amalgamated Sugar Co., asked who was the most talented sugar broker on Wall Street. Quentin was then hired to be Vice President of Marketing and moved to Utah. Quentin thrived in business. He was elected to the company board of directors in 1977. In 1984, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and stayed in that role until his retirement. He was honored with numerous business awards for his top sales skills. He enjoyed forming strong business relationships over rounds of golf at his favorite courses including Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah, and Bob O’Link Golf Club outside Chicago, Illinois.

On November 30, 1973, Quentin married Margot Hedges Buckway, and they resided together in Huntsville for almost 44 years where he enjoyed playing golf, biking and skiing with his kids, walking his dogs, and driving his sports car. He had movie-star looks and Brooks Brothers style. Quentin promoted education for all his children and grandchildren, and more often than not, he was wearing their college shirts with pride. Even though no one attended Notre Dame, he was an ardent fan and enthusiastically cheered on The Fighting Irish. He was extremely kind and caring to Margot and all of their animals.

He is survived by his devoted wife Margot, his children Quentin, Elizabeth, Mark, John, Caroline, Gregory, their spouses Susanne, Thomas, Eric, Nicole, Charlotte, and his grandchildren Geoffrey, Zachary, Brian, Brooke, Luke, Sadie, Elliott, Nolen, and Amelia.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved sister Marilyn, and his grandchildren Adam and Christian.

The family would like to express their sincere and deepest thanks to Margot’s sister Georgeanne, and brother Ward, our close friend, Father Charles Cummins, our extended family, close neighbors, friends, the wonderful nursing assistants from Comfort Keepers, and the extremely competent team from Applegate Homecare and Hospice.

Funeral services will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th St, Ogden, Utah, at 2 pm, preceded by the viewing at 1 pm on Saturday, August 12.

Services entrusted to Leavitt’s Mortuary.

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In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to:
-Lantern House Pet Park, 269 W. 33rd St., Ogden, UT 84401
-Ogden-Weber Humane Education Society, 6182 S. 2855 E., Ogden, UT 84403
-Humane Society of Utah, 4242 S. 300 W., Murray, UT 84157


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Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm -

Funeral services will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th St, Ogden, Utah, at 2 pm, preceded by the viewing at 1 pm on Saturday, August 12.


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Born: October 17, 1929
Died: August 7, 2017

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Bill and Lisa posted on 8/11/17

Sending our deepest condolences to Caroline and her family. Thinking of all of you and wishing peace and comfort during this time and always. Bill and Lisa DeLacy


M. Fitzgerald posted on 8/11/17

send much love to all the Smelzers, especially my dear friend Mark


Linda Hulse posted on 8/11/17

Margot and Smelzer family my Deepest Sympathy in your lose of a very sweet person. With Love


Wayne Neeley, CPA posted on 8/10/17

He was always a gentleman and a great co-worker. Condolences to the family, for whom he labored tirelessly.


Sylvie and Ian Levine posted on 8/10/17

Our deepest sympathy to the Smelzer family. May all the special memories you have made with him bring comfort to all who loves him. Sincerely, Ian and Sylvie Levine


Chad McEntire posted on 8/10/17

Always known to me as simply "Greg's Dad", I spent most of my childhood around Quentin and the Smelzer home. Quentin was always kind and accommodating, deftly rolling with our backyard up-all-night sleepovers, laser tag wars, toilet papering antics and neverending desire to play Nintendo. He understood the importance of letting us be kids while, at the same time, supporting Greg in follow his interests and helping him to become a great person and confident adult. As a father myself, there is no better compliment that I can give than that. My sincerest condolences go out to Greg, Margot, Caroline and all of the Smelzer family. He will be greatly missed.