Re: HILTY/SMITH Connection
Glad I could help. Sometimes the obits are online, but most of them have yet to reach the internet. The chances are great that you'll just have to get a copy of it the old fashioned way by checking or having someone manually check a local newspaper for it. Contact a library or historical society near where your grandfather died and see if they can help you (Google: genealogy and the location).
I strongly recommend getting his obit as it might have some very helpful info especially since your dealing with the most common American name.