Raymond Joseph Smeal

21 June 1923–24 June 2007 (Age 84)
Snyder, Dodge, Nebraska, United States

The Life of Raymond Joseph

When Raymond Joseph Smeal was born on 21 June 1923, in Snyder, Dodge, Nebraska, United States, his father, Lawrence J Smeal, was 28 and his mother, Ethel Isabel Patchen, was 29. He married Arlene D. Liekhus on 24 May 1944, in Olean, Colfax, Nebraska, United States. He lived in Webster Township, Dodge, Nebraska, United States in 1940 and Snyder, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 2007. He died on 24 June 2007, in Nebraska, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Scribner, Dodge, Nebraska, United States.

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Raymond Joseph Smeal
Arlene D. Liekhus
Marriage: 24 May 1944

Spouse and Children

24 May 1944
Olean, Colfax, Nebraska, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Donald Lawrence Smeal


    Eileen Eva Smeal



    William John Smeal


World Events (8)


Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1927 · Land Covered in Dinosaur Fossils

Age 4

The quarry was originally found by sheepherders and cattlemen as they drove their animals through the area. The Department of Geology at the University of Utah soon visited the area and found 800 fossils of a variety of Dinosaurs from the Jurassic Era. Because of the proximity of the site to Cleveland, Utah, and because most of the expeditions were financed by Malcolm Lloyd, the site was later known as the Cleveland-Lloyd Quarry. In later years, Princeton college spent three summers at the site. They collected a total of 1,200 bones, part of which were sent back to the school and mounted to complete a full skeleton of an Allosaurus, Utah’s State Fossil. Over the years, excavations led to the collection of more than 12,000 fossils from the quarry. It was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1965.
1945 · Peace in a Post War World

Age 22

The Yalta Conference was held in Crimea to talk about establishing peace and postwar reorganization in post-World War II Europe. The heads of government that were attending were from the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. Later the Conference would become a subject of controversy at the start of the Cold War.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Small .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Raymond Smeal in household of Lawrence Smeal, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Raymond Smeal in household of Lawrence Smeal, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Raymond Joe Smeal, "Nebraska, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"

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