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Officer Howard Kritzer Smith III was born on May 11, 1969, in Spokane, Washington to Howard Kritzer Smith II and Grace Marie (Higdon) Kirby. He passed from this life on Monday, September 27, 2021, in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 52 years.
Howard was raised and educated in Meeker, Oklahoma, and graduated with the Meeker High School Class of 1987. He then went on to attend classes at St Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Howard was married on October 1, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada to Susan Cathleen (Daniels) Smith. He spent most of his working life as a police officer with the Owasso Police Department for 26 years. In his time with the department, Howard has served on the Honor Guard and as the Assistant S.W.A.T. Commander. He enjoyed a variety of past times such as going to the lake, jeeping, playing pranks, and serving as Tori’s modeling manager. Those he leaves behind who hold many cherished memories include:
His Wife; Sue Smith
Tori Smith
Shauna Bellator and husband Jay
April Benjamin
Angie Parker
Kendall, Amelia, Dawson, and Archer
Eddie Kirby and wife Debbie
Wesley Kirby
Kelly Josway and husband Jim
Samantha Keener
Grace Kirby
Winston and Lola
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Kritzer Smith II.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at the Mowery Funeral Service Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 9:42 a.m. on Monday, October 4, 2021, at First Baptist Church Owasso. Graveside service and honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Shawnee, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made in Howard’s memory to Owasso Cops for Kids, P.O. Box 149, Owasso, Oklahoma 74055. Arrangements and services are provided by Mowery Funeral Service.