Clois Esten Smith, 78, of Vermillion, passed away on Oct. 11, 2012, at the Golden Living Center – Covington Heights in Sioux Falls.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with Pastor Trisha Boese and Pastor Will Johnson officiating.
A visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 15, at Kober Funeral Home in Vermillion.
Burial was in BluffView Cemetery immediately following the service with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 3061 and American Legion Post 0001.
Clois was born on Dec. 10, 1933, in Yankton to Clifford and Ruth (Lien) Smith. He went on to graduate from Vermillion High School and the University of South Dakota. After graduation he served in the U.S. Navy as a trumpet player in the Navy Band. After leaving the Navy he went on to earn a Master's Degree from Indiana University. After graduation he rejoined the military, becoming a member of the Marine Corps President' Band, where he went on to play for seven sitting presidents. During his time in both branches of service, Clois played concerts in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, South America and the Virgin Islands.
After leaving the Marines, Clois gave private lessons in piano and trumpet in the D.C. area.
Clois returned to Vermillion in the mid '90s and remained a resident until his passing. During his time in Vermillion Clois met Barbara Ernst and they maintained a close and loving relationship for more than 12 years. In his free time, Clois continued to play trumpet every day just for his own enjoyment.
Clois is survived by his special friend, Barbara Ernst; and numerous cousins.
Clois was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Ruth Smith.
Kober Funeral Home of Vermillion, South Dakota is entrusted with the arrangements.
Condolences may be posted online at www.koberfuneralhome.com .