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Smith John A was born in Albany County, N.Y. on March 25, 1840; died Jan. 8, 1917 at the age of 76 years 9 months and 13 days. When he was 6 months old, his parents moved to Mich. via the Erie Canal and Great Lakes and settled in Wayne County near Detroit, and lived there until John Jr. was 3 years of age. In 1843 they settled on a farm one mile south of Wawaka, formerly owned by John Long. Wawaka was not at this time on the map and Ligonier had only a few stores and dwellings. The family remained on this farm 20 years. In 1863 they moved to LaGrange County; after 18 months they moved into Kosciusco County near Syracuse, where in 1869 he married Catherine Jackson. To this union 5 sons and one daughter were born. He remained in Kosciusco County a few years, but in 1881 he located at his present place of residence 4 miles northwest of Ligonier. He leaves one brother and sister, 3 sons, J.F, Charles E., George O. and one daughter, Mrs. Harry Gibson. Burial, Salem Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Richter
Smith John Charles
, about 81, of Wolf Lake, died Feb. 8, 1953 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Gradeless in Garrett. Also surviving are 2 other daughters, Mrs. Dewey Haney of Ligonier, and Mrs. Ruth E. Smith of LaGrange; and a son, Frank W. of Goshen. Funeral Tuesday. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 2-?-1953
Smith John H, 87, of Albion, died at 6:54 am Saturday in McCray Memorial Hospital, Kendallville. A native of Churubusco, he had lived in Fort Wayne 40 years and retired in 1970 as a chef at Olympia Restaurant. Surviving are his wife, Wava; a stepson Gerald Bassett of Angola; and three step-grandchildren. Services were held today in Big Lake Church of God in Columbia City, with burial in New Haven IOOF Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Big Lake Church of God in Columbia City. + 7-29-1989
Smith John L, 78, of Garrett, died Friday in DeKalb Hospital. He worked for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau for 32 years before retiring in 1973. He was born March 2, 1911 in Auburn to Leroy and Jessie (Brown) Smith. On July 1, 1947 he married Esther Lindsey in Auburn. Surviving are his wife; a son, Ron of Garrett; 3 daughters, Betty Squier of Angola, Bonnie Temple of Kendallville, and Connie Short of Houston, Texas; a sister, Conzella Conkle of Auburn; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers. Services today in Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Burial, Woodlawn Cemetery. + 12-15-1989
Smith John P, 68, farmer of Wayne Twp, died at Wolf Lake Hospital Friday. Death followed a major operation to which he submitted on Monday. Born in LaGrange County, he moved to Noble County when a young man and spent the remainder of his life here. He was a director of the Northeastern Indiana Agricultural Association. Surviving are the widow; 3 daughters, Mrs. Clara Kennell, Los Angeles, Mrs. Ralph Wible, Auburn, Mrs. Paul Eshelman at home; 2 sons, Claude and Arthur of Wayne Twp; 2 sisters, Mrs. J. C. Cookerly, South Milford, Mrs. Charles Lieberenz, LaGrange; and 13 grandchildren. Funeral Monday from the home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 5-?-1935
Smith John Samuel, 69, a resident of the Sacred Heart Home, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital. Survivors include a half-brother, William Eberhard; one niece, Mrs. E. E. Rhoades, and one nephew, C. W. Eberhard. Services Thursday in the Sacred Heart Home. Burial, Sacred Heart Cemetery. ~ 1-28-1960
Smith John T, 76, of R. 4, Albion, died Sunday (d. 9-12-1982) in Strawberry Village Nursing Home in Ligonier. He was born April 14, 1906 in Elkhart Twp to Henry and Nora (Dukes) Smith. On June 16, 1928 he married Ethel E. Pepple, who died Nov. 27, 1968. He was a lifetime Albion area resident and a retired carpenter. Surviving are 2 sons, Rev. Jack W. Smith of Cisne, Ill., and Dan B. of R. 3, Ligonier; 5 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. A brother also preceded him in death. Services Tuesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 9-12-1982
Smith John W, 67, a retired employee of Kraft Foods in Kendallville, died Jan. 29, 1973 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he had lived at Skinner Lake for 22 years before returning to Fort Wayne last year. He was a member of the Albion Eagles Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; 2 sons, Robert and Richard N., both of Fort Wayne; 4 sisters, Mrs. Mary Hart of Terre Haute, Mrs. Anna Zeigler of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Hazel Crawford of Angola, and Mrs. Grace Dean of Monticello. Burial, IOOF Cemetery, New Haven. + 1-?-1973
Smith Joseph J, 74, 202 Grand St., Ligonier, died Friday in Goshen Hospital following a coronary. Born July 24, 1900 in LaGrange County, his parents were Charles and Stella (Roe) Smith. He married Vera Cline in Albion in 1921. A lifetime resident of Ligonier, he was a retired railroad employee and a member of the Ligonier Church of Christ. Surviving are the wife; a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Norma) Donley, R. 1, Topeka; 2 brothers, Glen and Guy (Bert) of Topeka; and 2 grandchildren. Funeral Monday in Ulrey Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 1-?-1975
Smith Joseph W, Green Twp farmer, died July 8 at the age of 63 years, 11 months and 25 days, from complications. Funeral was in the Blue River Church of the Brethren Monday. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Dora May; 2 daughters, Mrs. Charles Bunyan of North Manchester and Mrs. Ralph Krider of Smith Twp; 8 grandchildren; and 4 sisters, Mrs. Margaret Bonar, Mrs. Ella Claxton and Mrs. Suzie Richards, all of Churubusco, and Mrs. Rosella Huff of Fort Wayne; and one uncle, Joseph Wirick of Ohio. He was the son of Henry P. and Sarah Smith, natives of Ohio, and was born in Green Twp July 13, 1869. He was the eldest son of a family of 6 children. He married Dora May Zumbrun Aug. 23, 1891. He united with the Church of the Brethren Feb. 7, 1909. * 7-13-1933
Smith Josephine C, 70, died Sunday in Lutheran Hospital. Born in Allen County, she was retired from the central supply department of St. Joseph’s Hospital seven years ago. Surviving are a brother, Sylvester Hollis of Ege; and three sisters, Erma Pratt of Ege, Mary Sobasky of Stroh, and Helen Desmonds of Fort Wayne. Services Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Burial, Ege Cemetery. ~ 9-3-1981 + 9-?-1981
Smith Juanita L, 97, died Sept. 20, 2003 at Provena Sacred Heart Home. She was born June 3, 1906 in DeKalb County to Franklin and Bertha (Rowe) Tuttle. She married Arthur Smith June 17, 1926 in Kendallville. He died Nov. 18, 1981. Surviving are 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Virginia and William Percifield of Franklin, Imogene and Roger Lirot of Bryan, Ohio, and Barbara Krehl of Corunna; 2 sisters, Marvel Ehresman of Fort Wayne and Ruby Schurr of Stroh; 3 grandsons, Roger Lirot II, Michael and Bradley Krehl; 6 great-grandchildren, Kara Trowbridge, Jason, Jessica, Elliot, Kyle and Noah Krehl; and 2 great-great-grandchildren, Brock and Bryce Trowbridge. Also preceding her in death were a son, John; 4 sisters, Wanda Hartman, Emma Witt, Audra and Maxine Immel; and 6 brothers, Clair, Charles, Waldo, Ralph Merritt and Phillip Tuttle. Private graveside services Wednesday at Lake View Cemetery. ^ 9-23-2003
Smith Julia Mae "Judy", 46, of Ligonier, died Monday. Surviving are one son, Ben of Bloomington; her mother, Mrs. Ethel DeMotte of Ligonier; a brother, Richard DeMotte of Cromwell; and one sister. Funeral at Ulrey-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Ligonier Wednesday. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-?-1963
Smith Kenneth B, 68, of 721 N. Cavin St., Ligonier, died Monday at his residence. He was born June 20, 1912 in Noble County, the son of Elza and Beulah (Brill) Smith. He moved from Constantine, Mich. to Ligonier in 1973 and was a retired farmer, livestock and antique dealer. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Richard (Connie) Parker of Butler, and Mrs. Henry (Betty) Fluke of Kendallville; a son, David of Albion; 4 sisters, Mrs. Bessie Berry and Mrs. Ruby Johnson of Ligonier, Mrs. Charles (Bertha) Cox of Rome City, and Mrs. Olen (Dorothy) Myers of Union, Mich.; a brother, Claude of Ray; and 6 grandchildren. Services Thursday in Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 5-?-1981
Smith Kenneth D, 75, of Kendallville, died Dec. 30, 2008 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He retired from Bell South, now AT&T. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was born April 22, 1933 in Kendallville to Warren and Viola (Hammel) Smith. Surviving are 2 daughters, Diana Smith of Wolcottville and Cynthia Moore of Kendallville; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Kelvin and Tammy Smith of Kendallville, Monty and Wendy Smith of New Mexico, and Timothy and Mary Smith of Fort Wayne; 2 stepdaughters; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Gene Lash of Kendallville; and a brother, Jimmy Smith of Auburn. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie (Reecer) Smith Wallace; 2 sisters, Evelyn Gibson and Janice Thacker; a brother, Max; and a granddaughter. Private service with military service by VFW Post 2748. ^ 1-2-2008
Smith Kenneth L, 78, died Feb. 19, 2004 at his home. He had managed the former Schrock's Greenhouse in Ligonier for over 30 years. He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 451 and West Noble American Legion Post and attended Ligonier United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of WW II. He was born July 12, 1925 in Nappanee to Roy E. and Luella (Parcell) Smith. On June 67, 1946 he married Mary Hayes in Angola. Surviving are 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Richard of Ligonier and Kirk and Denise of Jasper; a daughter and son-in-law, Dee Ann and Jim Mehl of Ligonier; a sister and brother-in-law, Erma and Jim Smith of Hendersonville, Tenn.; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; 2 sisters, Betty Smith and Mary Stouder; an infant brother; and a granddaughter, Kimberly Mehl. Services Tuesday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 2-21-2004
Smith Kenneth S, 66, of 601 E. South St., Albion, died Monday in McCray Hospital. Born July 5, 1915 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Mathias and Pearl (True) Smith. His first wife, Elouise, died in 1971. In 1973 he married Dorothy Herrman. He had moved from Fort Wayne to Albion in 1968. He retired from General Electric, Fort Wayne, in 1974 and was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Eagles Lodge and GE Quarter Century Club in Fort Wayne. Surviving are a son, Ron E. of Skinner Lake; 2 stepsons, Byard H. Herrman of Gainesville, Fla., and Edwin L. Herrman of Canton, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Connie Sprague of Albion; a brother, Don Schmidt of Fremont; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services Wednesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 2-?-1981
Smith Kermit W, 97, of Fort Wayne, died Aug. 18, 2006 at Hospice Home. A farmer, he had worked at Kendallville Foundry, retiring in 1962. A U.S. Marine, he served in WW II and in the Korean Conflict. He was born May 28, 1909 in Kendallville to Guy and Bertha (Stonebraker) Smith. Preceding him in death were his wife, Leona; and 2 sisters, Ruth Smith and Eunice Schwartz. No services. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. ^ 8-20-2006
Smith Kimberley Kay, daughter of John Q II and Candice Kay (Rogers) Smith, R. 2, was stillborn Saturday in McCray Hospital. Survivors include the parents; one sister, Tammy Kay 7; one brother Todd Allen 5; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Rogers, R. 2. Services today at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 7-?-1957 (Note; 1957 appears to be incorrect.)
Smith L Joyce, 62, died Friday in St. Joseph Hospital. She was a former editor for The Avilla News several years before taking the same position at the Kendallville News-Sun in 1968. Since 1977 she had been executive director of Northeast Area III Council on Aging. She was born in Woodburn May 15, 1922, the daughter of O. Roy and Edith Mae (Sweet) Hetrick. A member of Faith United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, she was also hostess of Speaking of Seniors, a WPTA Channel 21 television program in Fort Wayne and served as an organist in area churches. Survivors include a daughter, Pastor Robin Smith of Logansport; a son Reagan, Kendallville; a brother, James, of Santa Ana, Calif.; two sisters, Joan Shippy and Carol Newman, both of Kendallville; and one grandson, Kyle. A sister, Jeanette Hetrick, and a brother, Roy, preceded her in death. Services Tuesday in Faith United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 2-14-1985 + 2-?-1985
Smith Latice M, 87, died Sunday at Valley View HealthCare Center, Elkhart. She was born January 7, 1907 in Kimmell to John and Thella Mae (Sparrow) Gangwer. She married Albert Smith October 4, 1924 and he died in 1986. A lifelong Noble County resident, she was employed at Cromwell Mfg. Co. She was a member of Stone's Hill Community Church. Surviving are a son, Albert J. of Dunlap; a daughter, Mary Kreager of Goshen; 3 brothers, Merrit and Delvin Gangwer of Ligonier, and Delbert Gangwer of New Paris; a sister, Eileen Mynhier of Kimmell; 20 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Two sons, Donald and Tharon; and 2 daughters, Eleanor and Judy, preceded her in death. Services Wednesday at Stone's Hill Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 1-9-1994
Smith Lauren C, 47, operator of the Shell Service Station here in association with his son-in-law, Lowell Price, died from a heart attack Feb. 5, 1959 at his home. He was born April 3, 1911 in Kendallville. He came to this community nearly 30 years ago, working as an automobile mechanic and service station attendant for several years before purchasing his own station about 2 years ago. Surviving are the widow, Floy; one daughter, Mrs. Glendys Ann Price of Albion; 2 grandchildren; his father, Harry of Kendallville; 2 brothers, Gale of Kendallville and Harold of Fort Wayne; and 6 sisters, Mrs. Carole Halferty, Mrs. Thelma Svoboda, Mrs. Beverly Nichols and Mrs. Arlene Longyear, all of Kendallville, Mrs. Glyndon Wright of Helmer, and Mrs. Joan Bryant of Wolcottville. He was a member of the Albion Methodist Church and Chamber of Commerce. Funeral at Albion Methodist Church Sunday. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 2-?-1959
Smith Lauren J, 86, died Oct. 18, 2001 in Miller's Merry Manor, Garrett. He was a farmer and worked as a brakeman on the B&O and Chesapeake & Ohio railroads for 30 years, retiring Jan. 4, 1978. He was a member of the South Milford Church of Christ, United Transportation Union 298, Garrett Eagles, Garrett Elks, and active in the LaGrange and DeKalb County Democratic parties. He was born Oct. 23, 1914 in Kendallville to Claude T. and Nellie M. (Waldron) Smith. He married Phyllis Smith on Oct. 23, 1935. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons and one daughter-in-law, Thomas and Jane (Hosler) Smith of Howe, and Jerry Smith of Auburn; 2 daughters, Nancy Lantz of Garrett and Patsy McDermott of Huntington; 4 brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Ruth Smith of Kendallville, Robert and Mary Smith of Largo, Fla., Bill and Barbara Smith of Columbia City, and James and Betty Smith of Fort Wayne; one sister, Katherine Hasselman of Kendallville; 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren He was preceded in death by a son, Theodore; a brother, Harold; and a sister, Arcille Skelly. Services Monday in Thomas Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ^ 10-19-2001
Smith LaVerne, 21, of Goshen, was killed Saturday when she walked in front of a Big Four passenger train while en route home from work. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Schlabach and was born in Noble County near Kimmell. Funeral at Sparta Christian Church Monday. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 10-?-1929
Smith Lee A, 75, 401 Sargent St., Kendallville, died Tuesday at his residence. Born in Noble County Jan. 21, 1903, he was the son of Arthur and Mabel (Reade) Smith. He married Lucille "Welcome" Wells Aug. 31, 1931 in Elkhart. He was a Kendallville resident the past 5 years moving from South Bend. Survivors include the wife; 3 sisters, Mrs. Florence Longbrake and Mrs. Gertrude Willison of Kendallville, Mrs. Eunice McEntarfer, Ashley; 4 brothers, Elmer and Howard of Kendallville, Clardon of New Haven, and Eursal of Fort Wayne. Funeral Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 1-?-1979
Smith Lena, 87, died today in Kendallville Manor HealthCare Center. She was born in South Milford April 7, 1909 to Mr. and Mrs. James Lung. On August 16, 1930 in LaGrange, she married William H. Smith. He died June 1, 1979. Nearly a lifetime resident of the Kendallville area, she retired from Flint & Walling in 1976. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Wally and Janice Smith of Kendallville; a sister; 2 brothers; and 9 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. Funeral Saturday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial Sweet Cemetery. + 8-28-1996
Smith Leona, 68, formerly of Kendallville, died here Saturday. Prior to moving to Bushnell, Fla. with her husband, Kermit, 10 years ago, she lived at R. 3, Kendallville. She married Kermit April 9, 1932 and worked several years at Essex in Ligonier. Surviving are her husband; a sister; one nephew, Earl Anthony, Wash.; and 2 sisters-in-law, Eunice Schwartz and Ruth Smith of Fort Wayne. Funeral and burial will be in Fla. + 4-9-1983
Smith Leona, 71, wife of Edwin Smith, died today at her home in LaOtto. Her husband is critically ill and at the point of death. Surviving besides the husband are a son, Thad of Kalamazoo, Michigan; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Simon, LaOtto; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Nettie Cramer, Mrs. Ora Hilkert, and Mrs. Arthur Jackson, Kendallville; five brothers, Randall Balliet, Auburn; William Balliet, Garrett; Burch Balliet, Huntertown; Russell Balliet, Lima, Ohio; and Forrest Balliet, Big Rapids, Mich. Funeral Thursday at Avilla Methodist Church. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 2-24-1949 + 2-?-1949
Smith Leonard E, 58, former Churubusco resident, died Feb. 5 in St. Elizabeth Hospital at Lafayette. Services were here Feb. 10 at Krider-Workman Memorial Chapel. Burial, Riverview Cemetery. He was born Nov. 30, 1919 in Kendallville to Frank and Eva Ramsey Smith and worked as a stonemason. He resided in Kendallville and moved to Lafayette 4 years ago from Garrett. He was a veteran of WW II and a member of Lafayette VFW. Survivors include a half-sister, Mrs. Frank Mapes of Elkhart; and 3 half-brothers, Verlin Workman of Kendallville, Leo Kemery of Elkhart, and Jesse Workman of Albion. A half-sister - Mrs. Bessie Gilbert of Churubusco, preceded him in death. + 2-?-1979
Smith Lester E, 88, died April 10, 2007 at his Ligonier home. He was a lifetime Kendallville area farmer and had retired from International Harvester in Fort Wayne in 1981 after 17 years of service. He was a member of Trinity Assembly of God in Ligonier. He was born in Bronson, Mich. on Aug. 19, 1918 to Clyde H. and Edna E. (Cole) Smith. He married Thelma Ruth Carithers on Nov. 8, 1942 in Argos. Surviving are his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Corinne Smith of Portsmouth, Ohio; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Marjorie Piper of Kingston, N.Y, Becky and Robert Genevicz of Stratford, Conn., and Esther and William Parks of Ligonier; a brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Helen Smith of Auburndale, Fla.; a sister, Garland Fiebelkorn of Miami, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Stephen Piper, in 2005; 2 grandsons, Kurt Smith and Daniel Piper; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Ward; a sister, Margaret Howard; and 2 brothers, Kenneth and Clarice. Services Saturday at Trinity Assembly of God, with his son, Rev. David Smith, and his sons-in-law, Rev. William Parks and Rev. Robert Genevicz, officiating. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 4-11-2007
Smith Lester H, 76, died Wednesday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Whitley County May 28, 1916 to Ratio and Callie (Hertzell) Smith. On September 23, 1946 he married Violet Rice, who died in 1988. He moved to Fort Wayne from Ligonier; and was a carpenter and painter and a member of Ligonier Elks Lodge. Surviving are 2 daughters, Kathleen Holsinger of Ligonier and Jeannine Vilamaa of Fort Wayne; 2 stepchildren; 3 sisters, Eloise Juillerat of Churubusco, Orpha Parkison of Wolf Lake, and Lois Blanchard of Sarasota, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral Saturday in Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 5-26-1993
Smith Letha I, 51, of Kimmell, died Sunday in her residence. She was born in Hastings, Mich., and married Frank Smith. She was a factory worker at Superior Sample of Ligonier for 11 years. Surviving are her husband; her mother, Leta Main of Dowling, Mich.; 2 daughters, Lucinda Hicks and Candace Underwood of Rome City; a son, Edward Lee Smith of Ligonier; 4 sisters, Virginia Sowdy of Coats Grove, Mich., Janet Bennett of Vermontville, Mich., Robin Curtis of Greenwood, and Marcia Rackett of Binghamton, N.Y.; 4 brothers, Harold Main of Hastings, Mich., Eldon Main of Dowling, Mich., William Main of Clarksville, Mich., and Daniel Main of Coats Grove; and 8 grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday in Salem Community Church. Burial, Thorn Cemetery. + 8-31-1997
Smith Lewis Wilbert, 71, R. 8, Columbia City, died Nov. 12, 1981 at Whitley County Hospital. He was born to Manuel and Elma Gaerte Smith in Whitley County and on Jan. 30, 1935 married Dora V. Kichler in Albion. A farmer, he lived most of his life in Noble County, including 2 years in Merriam. Survivors include his wife; 2 sons, Stephen M, R. 9, Columbia City, and Charles E., Lakeland, Fla.; 3 daughters, Mrs. Jeffry (Patsy) Decker, R. 4, Columbia City, Mrs. Donald (Judy) Gilbert of Fort Wayne, and Rita D. at home; 12 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; one brother, Franklin of Columbia City; 5 sisters, Mrs. Elmer (Ethel) Holt, R. 3, Mrs. Carl (Dorothy) Cleland, Wolf Lake, Mrs. Marvin (Edith) Geyer, R. 9, Columbia City, Mrs. Gale (Ilean) Hippensteel, R. 4, Albion, and Mrs. Betty Krom, R. 8, Columbia City. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. Services last Saturday at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel in Columbia City. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 11-12-1981
Smith Lillie of Chicago, died at her home in that city. She is the mother of Mrs. John Umbaugh, Kimmell. Funeral was held in Chicago Tuesday followed by graveside services and burial at Sparta Cemetery Tuesday afternoon. + 12-?-1961
Smith Lillie, 61, native of Noble County, wife of Franklin Smith of Kendallville, died July 2 at the family home following a heart ailment, asthma and a short illness. She was born near Big Lake south of Albion, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Burch. Funeral Saturday at A. J. Berhalter Mortuary. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 7-?-1942
Smith Lillie (Schwab) died at her home near Wawaka Oct. 21, 1895, aged 22 years, 9 months and 19 days. She was born near Springfield, Ind. on Dec. 25, 1872. There she resided with her parents until Oct. 31, 1894 when she married Howard Smith. She united with the Free Baptist Church at Springfield in Dec. 1890. She leaves a mother; a father-in-law and mother-in-law; brothers and sisters. Funeral at the Baptist Church in Springfield on Oct 22. + 10-21-1895
Smith Linda K, 37, a teacher at West Noble Elementary School, died Monday at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich., following surgery on her heart. She was born April 11, 1948 in Wolf Lake to Edward and Jean (Fisher) Vanette. On Feb. 13, 1971 in Ligonier she married Rick Smith. A lifetime county resident, she was a graduate of Ball State University and had taught at the West Noble School for 15 years. She was a member of Alpha Omega Phi Sorority, Ligonier United Methodist Church and West Noble Classroom Teachers Association. Surviving are her husband; her parents in Ligonier; a daughter, Angie, and a son, Chris at home; 2 brothers, Doug of Noblesville, and Dave of Ligonier. Services at Ligonier United Methodist Church Friday. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 12-9-1985
Smith Lodema Bell, 86, died Nov. 5, 2002 at Shepherd of the Hill nursing home. She was born in Noble County on July 13, 1916 to Alfred and Julia (Nichols) Baird. she married Gerald A. Smith on Oct. 3, 1935. He died Jan. 17, 1975. Also preceding her in death were a sister, Louceal Baird and a brother, Kenneth Baird. Graveside services Friday at South Milford Cemetery. ^ 11-7-2002
Smith Lois C of South Pasadena, Fla., and formerly of Ligonier, died Monday in Palms of Ponderosa Hospital, South Pasadena. She was born Aug. 15, 1901 in Noble County, the daughter of Stephen and Mae (Seaburg) Tucker and married Zur W. Smith, who died in 1962. She moved to Fla. from Ligonier in 1961. She was a member of Ligonier OES 325. Nieces and nephews survive. Services Saturday in Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 9-7-1987
Smith Lois Jean, 84, of Fort Wayne, died July 19, 2004 at Regency Place in Fort Wayne. She was a LaOtto native. Surviving are 3 sons, Max A. Smith of Hudson, Lynn C. and Terry L. Smith of Fort Wayne; a brother, Vern "Bud" Christlieb of Fort Wayne; a sister, Vera M. Archbold of Ossian; 9 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George M. Smith in 2001; and a daughter, Connie L. Jackson in 2002. She had a been a waitress at the Sears Coffee Shop, retiring in 1977. Services in Fort Wayne. Burial, Covington Memorial Gardens. ~ 7-29-2004
Smith Lorell I, 79, of Kimmell, died Nov. 23, 2004 at her residence. She was a foster parent and Tupperware dealer. On March 25, 1925 in Deluth, Mo., she was born to Arlan and Julia (Weiterhold) Stine. She married James M. Smith on Oct. 29, 1949 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Russell Jackson of Kimmell, Shirley and Wiley Miller of Phoenix, Ariz., and Susan and Doug Grosskean of Fort Wayne; 4 brothers, Lou, Cliff and Bob Stine of Fort Wayne and Earl Stine of Auburn; 2 sisters, Pearl Kaporowicz and Arlen Kieffer of Kendallville; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Two sons and a brother, Don, preceded her in death. Services Friday at Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 11-24-2004
Smith Lucille R, 75, head librarian at Eckhart Public Library for 17 years, died Saturday at the DeKalb hospital. She was born Oct. 27, 1902 in Auburn, the daughter of Willis and Clara (Morgan) Rhoads. She was married in 1935 to Kenneth D. Smith, former surveyor for the city of Auburn. He died in 1969. Surviving are a son, Richard, Edgerton, Ohio; and one daughter, Margaret J. Thomas, Auburn. A sister, Joanna Rhoads; and a brother, Morgan Rhoads, preceded her in death. She graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle in 1924 where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She was a teacher in the Auburn school system for 10 years. She retired from her post as head librarian in 1974. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Funeral Tuesday at Dilgard & Cline Funeral Home. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery. + No date
Smith Lucille W, 55, died Saturday in Kendallville Manor HealthCare Center. She was born December 16, 1908 in Jefferson Twp, Noble County, to William S. and Alta (Kesling) Wells. She married Lee Arthur Smith on August 31, 1931. He died December 12, 1978. She lived in South Bend before moving to Albion at the age of 22 and came to Kendallville in 1973. She was an interior decorator for 42 years and for 25 years owned Smith's Decorators Shop in South Bend. Surviving are a sister, Wilma Clouse of Goshen. Graveside services Tuesday in Rose Hill Cemetery. + 12-18-1993
Smith Luella M, 72, of 200 Martin St., Ligonier, died Tuesday in Goshen Hospital. She was born Feb. 5, 1908 in Nappanee, the daughter of Clifford and Berneatha (Hunt) Parcell. She married Roy E. Smith in 1924 in Nappanee. He died in 1968. She had resided in Ligonier 55 years and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Survivors are 2 daughters, Mrs. Donald (Mary) Stouder of Wolcottville, and Mrs. James (Erma) Smith of Hendersonville, Tenn.; one son, Kenneth L. of Ligonier; 3 sisters; 2 brothers,; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral Friday in Ulrey Funeral Home in Ligonier. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 2-?-1980
Smith Lulu, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Smith, N. Riley St., Kendallville, died Sunday at Irene Byron Hospital. She was born in Fairfield Twp, DeKalb County, and came to Kendallville with her family 4 years ago. She was a graduate of the Kendallville High School last spring and was a member of the local M. E. Church. Surviving are the parents; one brother; and 2 sisters. Funeral Wednesday at the Methodist Episcopal Church. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery. + 1-?-1928
Smith Lulu E, 81, of Kimmell died Friday. Services were Monday in Sparta Christian Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. Surviving are a son, Leo of Huntertown; 6 daughters, Mrs. Virginia Wilcoxen and Mrs. Goldie Hamilton of Waynedale, Mrs. Grace Harman of Columbia City, Mrs. Harold Barney of Larwill, Mrs. Oras Zumbrun of Kimmell, and Mrs. Paul Garner of Wawaka; 22 grandchildren; a stepbrother and a stepsister. + 10-?-1960
Smith Lydia Irene was born in Jefferson Twp Oct. 21, 1866, the daughter of John and Amanda Frederick and was one of 8 children, four of whom survive her, Mrs. Mahala Easterday of Toledo, O., Mrs. Hannah Shaffer of Kimmell, Mrs. Delila Colson of Hebron, Ind.; and one brother, Oliver of Alden, Kan. On Feb. 25, 1886 she married William H. Smith. There were 5 children, one boy, Frederick, dying at the age of 2 ½ years. Surviving are Mrs. Berniece Friskney, Montgomery, Mich., Mrs. Vera Justice, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Lena Starkey of Wolf Lake; and one son, Marion T. of Toledo, O. There are 8 grandchildren. She was an active member of Christian Chapel Church. She died Sept. 11, 1926, being 59 years, 10 months and 20 days old. + 9-?-1926
Smith Mabel, 92, R. 1, died Sunday at Butler Nursing Home in Butler. Born in LaGrange County July 19, 1881, she moved to Noble County 73 years ago. She was married in the fall of 1908 to Quincy A. Smith in Albion. He died July 19, 1949. Surviving are 8 children, Lee A., Florence L. Longbrake, Gertrude E. Willison, Eursal Q., Elmer L., Eunice I. McEntarfer, Clardon C., and Howard A.; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. She was the last survivor of 14 sons and daughters of Christopher and Francis Shadley Reade. Three sons also preceded her in death. Funeral Wednesday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Woodruff Cemetery. + 11-?-1973
Smith Mabel A, 68, a resident of Ari, was found dead in her home Sunday by neighbors. An investigation was started when the absence of smoke from the Smith chimney was noted. She had been afflicted with a heart ailment for approximately a year and had been under the care of a physician. She was born in Eel River Twp, Allen County and lived on a farm there before moving to the Ari neighborhood in 1915. Her husband, George W. Smith, died November 26, 1953. She was a member of the Ari Church of God. Surviving are a son, Howard D., Fort Wayne; a daughter, Mrs. Guy Zolman, Route 1, Avilla; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Elmer Duglay, South Whitley, and a sister, Mrs. James Leitch, Route 1, LaOtto. Services Wednesday at the Ari Church of God. Burial, Riverview Cemetery. ~ 1-22-1959
Smith Maggie, 87, formerly of the Ligonier and Wolcottville area, died Friday at the Whitley County Hospital. She was born Feb. 21, 1893 in Wawaka to William and Margaret Price Meroney. On Feb. 21, 1914 she married Lawrence Smith. They moved to the Columbia City area in 1948. She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church and Senior Citizens. Her husband died Feb. 16, 1953. Surviving are a son, Lloyd C., R. 1, Columbia City; one daughter, Mrs. Mable L. Greenawalt, R. 9, Columbia City; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one half-brother, Floyd Meroney, Ligonier; one half-sister, Alta Huff, R. 1, Albion. She was preceded in death by a son, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral Sunday in Faith Baptist Church in Columbia City. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 10-?-1980
Smith Margaret, resident of this community for more than a half century, died at her home Feb. 1. She was married Aug. 19, 1897 to Frank Smith. She was a member of the Church of Christ, the Rebekah Lodge and the Pythian Sisters. Surviving are the husband; a son, Ralph of this city; 2 stepbrothers and one stepsister, William Hall of this city, M. K. Hall and Mrs. George Gruebaugh of Sturgis, Mich. Funeral at Berhalter Mortuary Tuesday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 2-?-1941
Smith Margaret Ann, 64, R. 4, Albion, died Saturday in Parkview Hospital. She was born Nov. 4, 1917 in Kokomo and was married to Harold K. Smith in July 1969. She came here from Decatur in 1956 and resided in the High Lake area since 1970. A professional nurse, she was employed at Wolf Lake Nursing Home until failing health forced her retirement. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 5582 in Columbia City. Survivors include the husband, Harold; 2 nephews. Services Tuesday at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel in Columbia City. Burial Highland Park Cemetery. + 1982
Smith Marion E, 94, died Monday in the emergency room at McCray Hospital. He was born in Orange Twp, Noble County, June 10, 1902 to Delbert R. and Addie (Emerick) Smith. On June 23, 1928 in Kendallville he married Mary E. Rimmel. A retired farmer and carpenter, he was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist and a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Dean R. and Jack B. of Kendallville; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, a brother and a sister. Funeral Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 1-13-1997
Smith Martin, 70, was killed on the NYC Railroad Saturday at a crossing 2 miles west of Wawaka. No one saw the accident. Trainmen realized they had hit someone and stopped the train and gathered up the mangled remains and brought them to Ligonier. He was engaged in digging a county ditch between the farms of John McClosky and Frank Knepper and was working alone. He made his home with his daughter, Mrs. George Miller of Ligonier. He was a former resident of Wawaka. The father of Mrs. William Bender of this city, he is survived by several other children. + 10-?-1924
Smith, Mary Ann (Meyers), 75, of 2550 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, Ala, and formerly of LaGrange, died at 11:07 am Saturday in Knollwood Hospital in Mobile. She was born in LaGrange April 11, 1914, the daughter of George and Nettie (Mann) Doney. On Oct 9, 1933 in LaGrange, she married Alvin E. Meyers, who preceded her in death in June 1973. She then married John Smith in 1976 and he preceded her in death in 1973. Mrs. Smith, a homemaker, was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mobile, Ala. Surviving are a son, Jack D. Meyers of Mobile, Ala,; a sister Mrs. James (Sally) Ulrich of LaGrange; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A son, Charles, preceded her in death March 19, 1974. Services will be at 11 am Tuesday in Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, with Rev. Lowell Anderson of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange. Visitation is from 4-8 pm today in Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, Preferred memorials are to St. Paul’s Luther Church, Cartage Hill Road, Mobile, Ala. + unknown
Smith Mary (Dunn) - Mrs. Abram H. Smith died at her home in Ligonier, Monday night, aged sixty-nine years and one day. She underwent an operation for cancer two weeks ago, Monday, and was seemingly on the road to recovery, when complications set in, and on account of her advanced age and weakened condition succumbed to the arch enemy of mankind, death. She had recovered sufficiently so that she was able to sit on the porch at her home on Saturday previous to her death. Mrs. Smith was a noble woman, and was loved, respected and esteemed by all who knew her. She was a native of Licking County, Ohio, and came to Elkhart Township, this county, with her husband and two children, in 1864, where they continued to reside until a few years ago, when they took up their residence in Ligonier where they have since lived. She leaves a husband; four sons, Charles L. of Toledo; Howard, of Elkhart Twp, Bruce T. of Toledo, Edwin, of Ligonier; three daughters, Mrs. Curtis Cole, of near Ligonier; Mrs. A.J. Hostetter of LaGrange, and Edith, at Ligonier. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. The obsequies were held at the Christian church in Ligonier (Thursday) afternoon, conducted by Elder Lines, of LaFontaine, Indiana. Burial, Ligonier Cemetery. Contributed by Pat ODell
Smith Mary, 96, died in the Sacred Heart Home Sunday. She was born near Nawry, County Down, Ireland, and came to this country when a young woman, locating in Fort Wayne. The oldest in a family of nine children, she is survived by the youngest member of the family, a brother Michael O’Neill of Fort Wayne; a son, L. K. Smith of Fort Wayne. Services Wednesday. ~ 9-13-1956
Smith Mary C, 70, R. 2, Waterloo, died Thursday at Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She was born Aug. 31, 1912 in Fort Wayne to James and Celeste Walsh and was married Nov. 8, 1952 to Dallas Smith. He died Feb. 27, 1982. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Waterloo. Surviving are three sisters: Mrs. Harold (Joan) Smith, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Robert (Theodosia) Engle, Gahanna, Ohio, and Rose Walsh, Kendallville; and a brother, Charles, Houston, Texas. Services Monday in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 9-22-1982
Smith Mary E, 59, of Ligonier, a Noble County resident most of her life, died Sept. 7 in McCray Hospital. Born March 27, 1906, she is survived by a son, Eugene, Logan, Iowa; and a daughter, Mrs. Bruce Smith, Elkhart; 2 brothers, Roger Firestone, Kendallville, and Ralph of Goshen; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lyman Johnson, Albion, and Mrs. Ralph Powell, Fort Wayne; and 10 grandchildren. Her husband, Lee K., died in 1963. Services last Friday in Ulrey-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 9-?-1965
Smith Mary E, 66, Kendallville, died March 1 in McCray Hospital. She was born in Garrett July 17, 1916, the daughter of Arthur and Mary (Baker) Comesky. She and Harold E. "Dutch" Smith were married in Kendallville October 20, 1934. She moved from Garrett to Kendallville in 1945. She and her husband ran the Olympia 1945-51. She was also a part-time employee of the Kendallville News-Sun and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. Surviving are her husband and mother; three daughters, Mrs. Donald (Janet) Leitch, Albion, Mrs. Louis (Lana) Lindermann, Littleton, Colo., and Mrs. Donald (Deborah) Ackerman, Kendallville; a son, Jeffrey, Kendallville; a sister, Mrs. John (Leone) Roseberry, Ault, Colo.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services Friday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home in Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 3-10-1983 + 3-1-1983
Smith Mary E, 78, widow of the late Benjamin S. Smith, died Wednesday at the home of her son George, Kendallville, from complications. She was born in Ohio Oct. 19, 1854, the daughter of the late Mikel and Elizabeth Kiser, but had resided in Jefferson Twp the greater part of her life. On March 7, 1878 she married Benjamin S. Smith, who died May 17, 1932. They resided on a farm in Jefferson Twp until the fall of 1931 when they went to the home of their son, Guy, west of Kendallville. Surviving are 2 sons, George and Guy; 5 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral Friday from George Smith home. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 7-?-1933
Smith Mary E, 84, of the Sacred Heart Home in Avilla, died Monday in McCray Hospital. Born in Noble County Oct. 23, 1894, she was the daughter of Patrick and Satarah Catherine (Weaver) Murray. She married Samuel Evans Smith Nov. 27, 1912 in Noble County. He died Nov. 12, 1960. She was a lifetime Kendallville resident. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Lauren (Katherine) Iddings of 240 Lima Plank Road, Kendallville; l2 sons, George of Fort Wayne and Richard of Kendallville; 8 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death. Funeral Thursday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. + 3-?-1979
Smith Mary E, 95, died Friday in Goshen Hospital. She was born April 22, 1902 in Warsaw to Charles and Pearl (Leighty) Jones, and on August 11, 1944 in Ligonier married Everett "Pete" Smith, who died in June 1996. She had been a Ligonier resident since 1924 and was with American State Bank in Ligonier from 1925 until 1988 and at the time of her retirement was assistant cashier. She was a member of Ligonier Presbyterian Church and recently had attended Burr Oak Church. Surviving are a niece, Carol Sitler of Evanston, Ill. Funeral Monday in Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 11-7-1997
Smith Mary E, 90, died Sunday at Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She was born October 24, 1908 in Kendallville to George B. and Effie Mae (Wallace) Rimmel. On June 21, 1928 she married Marion E. Smith in Kendallville. He died January 13, 1997. A homemaker and lifetime Kendallville resident, she was a member of the American Lung Association, Farm Bureau board of directors, Center Chapel Ladies Aide, Trinity Church United Methodist, and homemakers' clubs in Orange and Wayne Twps. Surviving are 2 sons, Dean R. and Jack B. of Kendallville; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Four brothers preceded her in death. Funeral Wednesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 4-4-1999
Smith Mary E, 85, died Feb. 27, 2002 at Oak Leaf Village in Ligonier. She was employed by Wirk Garment, Sorg's and Shrock's Greenhouse in Ligonier. She was born April 8, 1916 in Dunkirk, Ohio to Dale and Leon (Gardner) Hayes. She married Kenny Smith on June 6, 1946 in Angola. Surviving are her husband; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Rick of Ligonier and Kirk and Denise of Jasper; a daughter and son-in-law, Dee Ann and Jim Mehl of Ligonier; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Hayes. Services Saturday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 2-28-2002
Smith Mary Jane (Moody) was born near Mt. Gilead, Richland County, O., Sept. 15, 1826; died at her home in Kendallville April 18, aged 71 years 8 months and 3 days. She was married to Enos Smith Feb. 20, 1845 in Corunna. He died Aug. 8, 1880. They had seven children, 3 of whom survive. They are Henry of this city, Mrs. Libbie Gindlesparger of Mongo, and William of Auburn, Kansas. Two of her grandsons, Archie and Frank Camp, have made their home with her for a number of years, being left orphans quite young. She was a member of the Methodist Church near Corunna. Funeral at the residence April 20. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 4-22-1898
Smith Mary Jane, 78, died at her home south of LaOtto Friday. Services were held Sunday from the residence. She is survived by a husband, five daughters, Mrs. R. W. Hunt, Missouri, Mrs. J. E. Bell, Fort Wayne, Mrs. L. Irelan, Michigan, Mrs. E. A. Smith and Mrs. R. E. Hostetter, Avilla; and two brothers, John Pulver, LaOtto, and Judson Pulver, Auburn. ~ 9-3-1925
Smith Mary L died Thursday at the residence of her daughter. Her age was nearly 76 years. She had been a resident of Grass Lake nearly 45 years. She leaves 3 children, Horatio S. of Minneapolis, Mrs. George B. Kellogg of Grass Lake, and Mrs. Marion Lemmon of Calif. Funeral will occur tomorrow. + No date
Smith Mary L, 60, died Wednesday in her Garrett home. A homemaker, whe was a member of the First Baptist Church, Garrett. She was born May 18, 1938 in Kendallville to Jesse and Lucille (Bowman) Wagner. She married Everett R. "Bob" Smith on March 16, 1957 in Kendallville. Surviving are her parents; her husband; a son, Michael L. of Mesa, Ariz.; a daughter, Brenda Marks of Hamilton; a brother, Frank Wagner of Kendallville; a sister, Ruth Thomas of Kendallville; and 5 grandchildren, Jeff, Jason and Jessica Treesh and Carrie and Mark Jr Marks. Graveside service Friday in Christian Union Cemetery. + 7-1-1998
Smith Mary McClelland, 83, died today in Miller’s Merry Manor, LaGrange. She was born July 14, 1891 in Kankakee, Ill. to August M. and Anna M. (Kegebein) Schultz. Her first husband, Levi McClelland, died Aug. 29, 1961. Her second husband, Daniel B. Smith, lives at Miller’s Merry Manor. Other survivors are 2 daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Powers, Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Irene Shaw, Kendallville; 3 sons, Vernon, Kendallville, Melvin, Phoenix, Ariz., and Raymond, Kendallville; one sister, Mathilda Kuehm, Avilla; 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Two sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Funeral Saturday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery. + 11-28-1974 + 11-?-1974
Smith Matie, 91, of Howe, a lifelong resident of LaGrange County, died at the LaGrange County Hospital Thursday. She was born in St. Joseph County, Michigan on Dec. 24, 1868, the daughter of William and Carolyn (Mohler) Damer. She married Clyde H. Smith Aug. 27, 1891 in Greenfield Twp. He died many years ago. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Howe and the Philomath Club. One daughter, Marguerite at home survives. Funeral at the Shoup Funeral Home in Howe Saturday. Burial, Riverside Cemetery of Howe. + 5-12-1960
Smith Matilda D, about 78,(b.7-28-1874) died Jan. 2, 1953 at her Albion home following a heart attack. Surviving are the husband, Bert E.; an adopted son, Charles of Albion; 2 grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Norman Finch of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Funeral at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home Jan. 5. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 1-?-1953
Smith Mattie M, 74, of near Cromwell, died Sunday in the Lawton Place Sanitarium in Fort Wayne. Surviving are the husband, Henry; 2 daughters, Mrs. Marie Wolfe and Mrs. Rainette Bowling of Mishawaka; a son, Lynn of South Bend; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral Tuesday in L. H. Moore Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 3-?-1949
Smith Maude, 60, died Thursday from injuries sustained in an auto accident near Ligonier in which her husband was badly injured. She was born in Noble County Dec. 22, 1879, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Simpson. On Oct. 29, 1901 she married Dr. George O. Smith. They were residents of Ligonier 25 years. Surviving are the husband; 3 sons, Russell, Everett and Gerald; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Stetler; a brother, James; and 2 aunts, Mrs. Martha Henderson and Mrs. Charles Flowers. Funeral at the home Saturday. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 5-?-1940
Smith Maude E, 91,(b.11-24-1871 - d.5-28-1963) R. 4, Albion, was buried in Sparta Cemetery. Funeral was Saturday. + 6-?-1963
Smith, Maude Mrs., died (March 2, 1934) Tuesday afternoon at Lakeside hospital in Kendallville from spinal meningitis with which she was stricken Feb. 3. She was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Weirich, born Jan 16, 1889 near Helmer. Surviving are the husband Daniel; the mother who lives at Helmer; three daughters, Mrs. Grant Lindsay and Mrs. Harold DeLong of Corunna and Mrs. John McGiffin, Kendallville; three sisters and two brothers Chester Weirich of Wawaka, Mrs. Henry Beckbarger and Mrs. Edward Ziebell of near Helmer, Mrs. Ida Van Pelt of Fort Wayne and Ralph Weirich of Corunna. There are also three grandchildren + March 1934
Smith Max D, 55, died Nov. 10, 2001 in his Albion residence. He was a prototype window assembler for Taylor-Made in Kendallville. He was born Jan. 10, 1946 in Kendallville to Warren Nelson and Viola Mae (Hammel) Smith. He married Lnda Wappes on Aug. 20, 1966 in St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville. Surviving are his wife; 4 daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and Ronald Jones, Teresa and Jerry Jones and Kimberly and Robert Slone of Albion and Tammy and Edward Wiseman of Garrett; 8 grandchildren, Curtis, Courtney, Caitlin, Ryan and Austin Jones, Shaylene Slone and Kyle and Cody Wiseman; 2 sisters, Phyllis Lash and Janis Thacker of Kendallville; two brothers, James of Kendallville and Kenneth of Soucier, Miss. He was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Gibson. Services Tuesday in Albion Wesleyan Church. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 11-12-2001
Smith Maxine, 27, Cromwell, was killed Sunday when the auto in which she was riding crashed into the rear of a parked semi-trailer truck on U. S. Highway No. 6 three miles west of Ligonier. Funeral Tuesday at Henney Funeral Home in Cromwell. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. Surviving are the husband, Otis; a son; and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Archer of Cromwell. + 3-?-1941
Smith Maynard Lee, about 37, of S. Oak St., Albion, died July 6, 1967 after suffering a heart attack. He was an employee of Essex Wire in Ligonier. He was born Aug. 4, 1929 at Kendallville, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Smith. His father died in 1952. He was married to Thelma Leamon of Cromwell on July 24, 1948. Survivors include his wife; 2 daughters, Linda and Teresa at home; and his mother, Mrs. Otto Weaver of Ligonier. He was a Korean Conflict veteran and member of FOP of Ligonier. Funeral Sunday at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 7-?-1967
Smith Meldora J, about 51,(b.6-30-1903 - d.5-24-1954) died Monday at her Skinner Lake home from carcinoma. Surviving are the husband, John W.; a daughter, Mrs. George Crawford; and a son, Kenneth Mitchell, both of Fort Wayne; 2 stepsons, Robert and Richard Smith; her mother, Mrs. Edna Urich; a grandchild; a brother, Lindley Urick; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Clarence Clay and Mrs. Arnold Linnemeier, all of Fort Wayne. Funeral today at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 5-?-1954
Smith Melissa, 85,(b.11-4-1856 - d.7-6-1942) died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Bonham, Monday. Funeral Wednesday at her home. Burial, Albion Cemetery. Also surviving are daughters Mrs. Leone Hicks and Mrs. R. C. Dilgard of Auburn. + 7-?-1942
Smith Melvin, 18, residing with his mother, Mrs. M. Starmer and husband, near Albion, died Friday from the effects of an accidental gun shot wound received six years ago. He became ill several days before his death and it was thought that he was suffering from typhoid fever, later he became paralyzed and death resulted. An examination after death showed the bullet resting upon the delicate nerves of the brain at the base of the spinal cord to which position it had gradually settled since the accidental shooting years before. Funeral Monday at the U. B. Church in Albion. ~ 8-21-1912
Smith Merl S, 93, of Rome City, died Saturday in Miller’s Merry Manor, LaGrange. Born in DeKalb County July 3, 1887, he was the son of Edward and Adelaide (Shade) Smith. On Dec. 26, 1907 in Auburn, he married Bessie E. Potts, who died March 17, 1978. Survivors are 2 daughters, Helen B. Smeltzer of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Irene E. Melching of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. A sister preceded him in death. Services Tuesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Fairfield Center Cemetery. + 1-?-1981
Smith Mildred G, 96, of Churubusco, died July 3, 2005 at Renaissance Village Nursing Home in Whitley County. She served as Noble County deputy auditor for 31 years, retiring in 1974. She was a 1927 graduate of Albion High School and was employed as a beauty operator for a period of time. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Albion and Albion OES No. 178. She was born Feb. 13, 1909 in Albion to John and Nellie (Wilks) Stevenson. On Aug. 29, 1938 in Kendallville she married Clayton E. Smith. He died May 22, 1996. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Max Herendeen of Churubusco; a son and daughter-in-law Steven and Retha Smith of Knoxville, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Florence Parker and Hazel Haffner; and 3 brothers, Charles, Bruce and Russell Stevenson. ^ 7-5-2005
Smith Mildred Helen, 78, died January 3, 1999 in her daughter's Kendallville home. She was born August 8, 1921 in Fort Wayne to James S. and Paula S. (Lindemann) Butts. She married Woodrow N. Schoenlein first. She married Howard D. Smith on September 12, 1971. He died November 17, 1973. A 1940 graduate of Central High School in Fort Wayne, she retired from General Electric in Fort Wayne in 1981. She was a member of Rome City United Methodist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. John (Cassandra) Hippenhammer of Kendallville; and one brother, Perry L. Butts of Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters, Margaret Schuster and Betty Bloom. Services Thursday in Rome City United Methodist Church. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 1-3-2000
Smith Mildred Jane, 79, died June 18, 2007 in the emergency room at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born Aug. 26, 1927 in Wolf Lake to Edward F. and Ruth Alice (Erdly) Waters. She married Thomas Abijah Smith on March 8, 1956. He died May 11, 1991. She was salutatorian of her graduating class at Wolf Lake High School and worked in the cafeteria at Wolf Lake Elementary School for several years. Surviving are 7 children, Lucinda and David McClure of Wolf Lake, Tommy "Butch" and Vickie Smith, Vicki and Rick Lawson, Timothy and Jackie Smith and Annie and Dewey Sheets of Columbia City, Becky and Carl Wells of Larwill and Gary and Lisa Smith of Wawaka; a sister, Maxine Ladig of Wolf Lake; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Susie; a great-grandson; and 2 brothers, Carl and Max Waters. Services Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Wolf Lake Cemetery. ^ 6-20-2007
Smith Mildred Lorene, 58, a long-time resident of Corunna, died Saturday in Betz Nursing Home near Auburn. She was born September 3, 1902, in Kimmell, a daughter of Charles W. and Celesta Pearl Hontz and had been a resident of Corunna 26 years. Surviving are her husband, Dan Smith of Corunna; three stepchildren, Mrs. Harold DeLong of Avilla, Mrs. John McGiffin and Mrs. Grant Lindsey, both of Kendallville; a sister, Mrs. Woodrow Drerup of Corunna; two brothers, Merle of Corunna and Herbert of Lima, Ohio; and 12 step-grandchildren. Services Monday at Corunna EUB Church. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery. ~ 3-30-1961
Smith Milton H "Mick", 58, died Wednesday at his Nationwide Insurance Office in Kendallville. He was born in LaGrange June 6, 1925, the son of Vern R. and Norma Bell (Imes) Smith. He married Pearl Baldwin on April 21, 1946. He was an elder of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Elmer (Christine) Shrock, Fort Wayne; three sons, Vern, Steven and Neal, all of the Lake of the Woods area; a sister Gwendolyn Spidel, Kendallville; and nine grandchildren. A sister and a brother preceded him in death. Services Saturday at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville. Burial, Prince of Peace Cemetery. ~ 9-15-1983 + 9-7-1983
Smith Minnie died at her home on E. Third St. Friday. She was 75 years and 8 months of age. Minnie Young was born in Benton, Elkhart Com in 1861. She married Charles L. Smith in 1884 and they had 3 children, one son dying in infancy. She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Harry Doll of Ligonier; a son, Ebert Smith of Cedar Springs, Mich.; a sister, Alice Young of Goshen; and 4 grandchildren. Funeral Monday from Kerr Funeral Home. * 1937
Smith Minnie J, 96, died Tuesday in Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She was born May 30, 1903 in Wolcottville to John David and Mary (Burkey) Murray. On December 16, 1923 in White Pigeon, Mich., she married Herschell V. Smith, who died January 7, 1960. She was a lifetime and oldest member of Faith United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Edwin B. and Jean Smith of Kendallville; 2 grandchildren, Bernard L. Smith and Douglas and Patricia Smith; and 3 great-grandchildren, Shane, Alicia and Alaina Smith. Graveside services Thursday in Lake View Cemetery. + 7-6-1999
Smith Morris Melville was born in Richmond Twp, DeKalb County on Nov. 8, 1862 and died at Kendallville April 22, 1896, aged 34 years, 5 months and 14 days. + 4-22-1896
Smith Nellie B (b. 5-22-1875) died Feb. 1, 1964 at the McCray Hospital. She was the widow of the late Riley Smith, a longtime teacher in the Albion-Jefferson School. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and OES. She is survived by a son, Roy; and a nephew, Dr. C. M. Bowman, both of Albion. Funeral Tuesday at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 2-?-1964
Smith Nellie M, 91, a resident of Kendallville Manor, died there Saturday. She was born in Van Wert County, Ohio, Jan. 18, 1896, the daughter of Ellsworth and Georgia (Owen) Waldron and raised by Mr. and Mrs. Knute Tryon. On April 1, 1914 in Noble County she married Claude Smith, who died July 25, 1985. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church since 1935 and Ladies Aid for 51 years and charter member of Noble County Homemakers’ Club. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Earl (Arcille) Skelly of Ashley, and Mrs. Carl (Katherine) Hasselman of Kendallville; 6 sons, Lauren J. of R. 3, Wolcottville, Charles "Bud", Robert C. and Harold of Kendallville, James E. of Fort Wayne, and Bill L. of Columbia City; 29 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren. Services Tuesday in Zion Lutheran Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 1-24-1987
Smith Nelson Bernard, 79, of Albion, died May 19, 2003 at Parkview Noble Hospital. On January 25, 1924 in New Paris, he was born to Joy and Anna (Cart) Smith. He married Martha Earnhart on November 1, 1947 in Collins, Ind. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Karen Smith of Waterloo and Donald Smith of LaOtto; a sister, Phyllis Penrose of Fort Wayne; 2 grandsons, Nelson and Jason Smith; a granddaughter, Jamie Smith; 4 great-grandchildren, Oliva, Alex, Anthony and Evan. Two sisters, Louise Helm and Berden Hutsell; 2 brothers, Dale and Everett, and his parents preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Army WW II veteran and a member of Avilla American Legion Post 240. A farmer for 59 years, he had lived in Noble County since 1947, coming from Arcola. Services Thursday at Brazzell Funeral Home. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ~ 5-29-2003
Smith Noah F, 70, died at his home in Kendallville Saturday from a stroke of paralysis. His recent illness is believed to be the result of an accident which occurred in May 1928. He was elected to the office of county commissioner in 1925. He was again nominated 4 years later but in the meantime he met with his accident and withdrew his name from the ballot. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. F. C. Hartman, Kendallville, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Joseph Cookerly, LaGrange County, and Mrs. Lucetta Sawyer, Kendallville. Funeral Monday at the Lutheran Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 1-?-1931
Smith Obadiah, living east of LaOtto died on Saturday last. Burial, Swan Cemetery on Sunday. ^ 6-4-1886
Smith, Orley O, Sr“Peanut”, 86, of Corunna died in Kenney Health Care Center in Ligonier. Born in DeKalb Co, Aug 21, 1902 he was the son of Reuben and Anna (Sherman) Smith. On Sep 25, 1922 in Corunna he married Helen Laisure, who preceded him in death Dec 7. 1977. He operated a tavern in Corunna for 26 years and was also a railroad worker and farmer. Surviving are 2 sons, Richard of Kendallville and Orley Jr of Auburn; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Services in Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville with burial in Corunna Cemetery. +5-14-1989
Smith Owen, 65, of Wawaka, died Saturday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, of cancer. He was born April 3, 1919 in Noble County. On September 13, 1941 in Albion he married Fay Musser, who died in 1983. A lifetime area resident, he was a veteran of WW II and employed by Dana Corporation. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Steven (Tammy) Peachy of Topeka; 3 sons, Edward and Owen of Kendallville, and Harold of Wilmot; 2 sisters, Lois Musser and Willowdean Hart of Milford; and 14 grandchildren. Services Tuesday in Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 5-19-1984
Smith Owen Jr, 49, of Topeka, died Saturday in his residence. He was born July 3, 1948 in Ligonier to Owen and Fay (Musser) Smith. On December 13, 1985 in LaGrange he married Marie Blech. A lifetime Noble and LaGrange county resident, he was a truck driver, most recently with Ascot Industries in Topeka. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Owen II of Ohio and Greg of Ligonier; 3 daughters, Tina Slone of Kendallville, Teresa Butterfield of North Webster, and Dawn Marie Smith of Topeka; 2 brothers, Ed of Waterloo and Harold of Wilmot; a sister, Tammy Hartman of Ligonier; and 5 grandchildren. Funeral Tuesday in Eden Community Worship Center, Topeka. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 3-8-1998
Smith Palmer D, 65, of South Milford, died Sept. 25, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He graduated from North Caroline High School in Greensboro, MD in 1965 and served in the U.S. Army. In 2001 he retired after 38 years from Kraft Foods in Dover, Delaware. He was born March 25, 1946, in Greensboro, MD to Homer and Elizabeth (Langrell) Smith. On March 2, 2000 in Ridgely, MD he married Debi (Pearson) Elkins. Surviving are his wife; a son, Palmer and Lynsey Smith of Felton, Delaware; one granddaughter, Taylor Smith; one grandson, Jeremy Easterday; a sister, Brenda and Johnnie Eberhard of Denton, MD; 2 brothers, Jimmie and Carolyn Smith of Felton, Delaware, and Ken and Pauline Smith of Patrol, Canada; and 3 stepsons. Funeral Sept. 29 in Young Family Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery, with military services by VFW Post 2749. ^ 9-27-2011
Smith Phyllis E died unexpectedly in her Topeka home on April 7, 1978. She was born March 6, 1916 in Noble County, a daughter of Roy and Katherine (Sheley) McDaniel. She married Guy Smith in 1936. Surviving are her husband; 2 sons, Berton and Michael of Topeka; and a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Cheryl) Kramer of Topeka; 3 grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Virginia Pergrem, Topeka. Funeral April 9 at Ulrey Funeral Home, Topeka. Burial, Eden Cemetery. + 4-7-1978
Smith Phyllis V, 89, died Nov. 28, 2005 at Miller's Merry Manor in Garrett. She had worked in retail clothing sales at Landy's Dept. Store in Garrett, Stern's Women Apparel in Garrett and Schaab's Dept. Store in Auburn. She was a member of the South Milford Church of Christ and Alpha Rho Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority. She was born Dec. 18, 1915 in Kendallville to Earl and Grace (Smith) Renkenberger. On Oct. 23, 1935 in Kendallville she married Lauren J. Smith. He died Oct. 18, 2001. Surviving are 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Jane (Hosler) Smith of Howe and Jerry and Cindy Smith of Auburn; 2 daughters, Nancy V. Lantz of Garrett and Patsy Smith of Huntington; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren; 2 sons-in -law, Lawrence Lantz of Garrett and Steven Davidson of Huntington; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Beverly Renkenberger of Kendallville. She was preceded in death by a son, Theodore; a grandson, Kraig Davidson; and a brother, Thomas Renkenberger. Services Wednesday in Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ^ 11-29-2005
Smith R Hobart, 65, died Monday in the Valparaiso Hospital. Born in Ligonier August 9, 1911, he was the son of Carl and Emma Smith. He married Dorothy Fulk, who died in 1974. Surviving are his mother; a daughter, Maisie Jane Erker, Valparaiso; a sister, Mrs. Paul (Evana) Brill, Auburn; a brother, Robert C. of Ligonier; and one grandchild. Graveside services in Oak Park Cemetery Thursday. + 3-?-1977
Smith Racine, 63, of Albion, died Feb. 12, 2008 at her residence. She attended Five Corners Baptist Church in Wolcottville. She was born Sept. 20, 1945 in Mousie, Ky., to Virgil and Ellen (Green) Wicker. She married Billy Smith on Sept. 23, 1961 in Lisbon. Surviving are her husband; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Stacy and Rick Gavin of Wawaka and Selena and Daniel Hasselman of Wolcottville; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Billy David and Sharon Smith of Rome City, Mark and Teresa and Jason and Heather Smith of Albion; 18 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Virgil Wicker of Kendallville. She was preceded in death by a sister and 2 brothers. Services Friday at Young Family Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 2-13-2008
Smith Ralph R, 67, died in Dukes Hospital, Peru as the result of a traffic accident on his way to an REMC meeting in Indianapolis. He was born May 7, 1893 in Noble County and had always resided in the Ligonier area. He was a member of Ligonier Christian Church, Greencastle Grange at Kimmell and Noble County Farm Burreau. Surviving are his wife, the former Ruth Harper, whom he married June 27, 1918; a daughter, Mrs. Edgar Hursey, rural Ligonier; a foster daughter, Mrs. Iris Dallas of Wolcottville; 5 grandchildren; a brother, Emmit of Ligonier; and a sister, Mrs. Adolph Hayes of Decorah, Iowa. Services Sunday in Ulrey-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 1-?-1961
Smith Ralph W, 89, died Tuesday in Millers' Merry Manor, Garrett. He was born in Kendallville September 7, 1898, the son of Frank and Margaret (Selby) Smith. On November 26, 1930 he married Belva O. Miller, who died May 22, 1977. He was owner and operator of Smith & Sons Trucking Co., retiring 30 years ago. He was a member of Ben Hur Lodge, National Trotting Horse Association, Arabian Horse Association, Shetland Pony Association and First Christian Church, Kendallville. Surviving are nieces and nephews. Services Friday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 2-9-1988
Smith Ralph Waldo, the only son of Tony and Blanche Smith, was born Aug. 25, 1905 in Swan Twp. He died June 16, 1921. When an infant he came with his parents to Salem Twp, Steuben County. He received his early education in the Gillespie District School and completed his second year in the high school course at Salem Center last May. After spending Thursday until evening with his father and other friends fishing on Turkey Lake, together with three other boys he went in bathing. He ventured to go beyond his depth and not being able to swim, he failed to return and was drowned. He leaves his grandfather, Thomas C. Renkenberger; his grandmother, Mrs. Priscilla Smith; his father and mother; his sister Lorene. Services in the Block Church June 19. Burial, Block Church Cemetery. * 6-?-1921
Smith Raymond T, 90, died Friday in St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne. He was born in Allen County on June 21, 1904 to Samuel C. and Ida (Bear) Smith. On December 24, 1925 he married Grace I. Johnston. He was employed by General Electric in Fort Wayne for 29 years, retiring in 1954 as a night foreman in the small motor department. He was a member of Eel River Baptist Church, Huntertown Lodge 689 F&AM and OES 136. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Philip (Charlene) Dickes of Huntertown; a brother, Robert W. Smith of Spencerville; and a sister, Helen Butcher of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by 8 brothers, Ralph, David, Almon, Willard, Merl, Kenneth, Alvin and Chalmer Smith; and a sister, Gladys Delagrange. Funeral Tuesday in Eel River Baptist Church. Burial, Riverview Cemetery. + 10-21-1994
Smith Rebecca died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John H. Shipe of Custer, Ind., aged 80 years, 5 months and 20 days. Rebecca Miller was born in Washington County, Penn. on Nov. 22, 1801. She emigrated with her parents in 1803 to Jefferson County, Ohio. At age 20 she married Jacob P. Smith. At age 22 she united with the Presbyterian Church. Funeral in the Custer M. E. Church. Remains were taken to Fairfield Cemetery by the side of her husband. ^ 6-8-1888
Smith Retha Lucile, 93, of Kendallville, died June 12, 2006 at the home of her daughter in Topeka, Kan. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. She was born July 23, 1912 in Kendallville to Arlo Earl and Orpha Ellen (Smith) Herron. Surviving are 2 sisters, Marie Schwartz and Betty Ohlwine of Kendallville; a daughter, Karolyn Clark of Topeka, Kan.; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Bowers; a brother, Everett Herron; and 3 husbands, John Bowers, James Campbell and Chester Smith. Services Saturday at Faith United Methodist Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 6-24-2006
Smith Richard Lane, 68, died Thursday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, from heart disease. He was born in Kendallville April 11, 1918, the son of Samuel E. and Mary (Murray) Smith. A lifetime Kendallville resident, he had been a grinder at Kendallville Foundry for more than 30 years and was a member of Moose Lodge. Surviving are a sister, Kathryn Iddings, Kendallville; and a brother, George M. of Fort Wayne. Services Saturday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Osborn Cemetery. + 4-9-1987
Smith Riley E, 86, a teacher in the Albion schools for 51 years before retiring in 1951, died last Tuesday in McCray Hospital. Born in York Twp and a lifelong resident of this community, he resumed his teaching career after being an implement dealer in Albion from 1911 until 1917. The Albion School athletic field is known as Smith Field in his honor. He was a member of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias Lodges and secretary-treasurer of the Rose Hill Cemetery Association. Surviving are the widow, Nellie B., and a son, Roy, at home. ~ 1-5-1961
Smith Robert A, 83, died Nov. 21, 2001 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He attended Kendallville Public Schools and served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He worked at Kendallville Wheel Works for 20 years and then at General Motors in Marion for 25 years, retiring in 1981. He was a member of American legion Post 368 and attended Sweetser United Methodist Church. He was born Jan. 14, 1918 in Noble County to John H. and Erma V. (Weaver) Smith. On Feb. 16, 1946 in Kendallville he married H. Ilene Akey. Surviving are his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Cheryl Smith of Tulsa, Okla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Jack Grimble of Waynetown; and 2 grandchildren, Justin and Jana Grimble. Seven brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Services Saturday at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Marion. Burial, Maple Grove Cemetery, Sweetser. ^ 11-23-2001
Smith Robert Bernard, 68, died today at McCray Hospital. He was born in Wolcottville on April 27, 1924, the son of Paul and Hazel (Reade) Smith. He married Ethel M. Smith in November 1974. A lifetime Noble County resident and retired dairy farmer, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters, Mrs. Brad (Charna) Baker of Kendallville, Mrs. Dennis (Alieta) Graft of Rome City; 2 sons, Kevin L. of Auburn and Timothy L. of Kendallville; and 11 grandchildren. A sister and 3 brothers preceded him in death. Funeral Friday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. + 11-24-1992
Smith Robert C, 67, died Saturday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born January 15, 1913 in Ligonier, he was the son of Carl and Emma (Fisher) Smith. On May 11, 1944 in Pampa, Texas, he married Bertha Hursey. He moved to Van Wert, Ohio, where he worked for Continental Can Co. for 28 years. He retired 4 years ago and moved back to Ligonier. He was a veteran of WW II. Surviving are his wife; his mother; and a sister, Mrs. Paul (Evana) Brill of Auburn. A brother, Hobart, preceded him in death. Funeral Tuesday in Ulrey Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 2-1-1980
Smith Robert Dale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hal Smith of Kendallville, was reported missing in action February 22, 1944, while on a bombing mission over northern Italy or Germany. + 2-?-1944
Smith Robert Dale, 53, of Churubusco, died Dec. 23, 2007 at Miller's Merry Manor in Columbia City. He had been a groundskeeper at Cobblestone golf course in Kendallville. He was born Jan. 5, 1954 in Columbia City to Dale and Marlene (Killworth) Smith. Surviving are his mother in Churubusco; a daughter, Chasidy Smith of Fort Wayne; a brother, Greg of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister and brother-in-law, Sherri and Daniel Moore of Fort Wayne. Services Thursday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with his uncle, Ken Killworth, officiating. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ^ 12-26-2007
Smith Robert E, 87, died Sept. 24, 2012 in Federal Way, Wash. He was a mechanical engineer at Boeing in the commercial airplane division. He graduated from Kendallville High School in 1943 and Tri State University in Angola in 1948. He was a member of the U.S. Navy V-12 program in the fall of 1943, and a member of Steel Lake Presbyterian Church in Federal Way. Born November 28, 1924, in Kendallville to Earl and Ardis (Childs) Smith, on Sept. 4, 1948, he married Sheila Harman in Angola, Ind.  Surviving are 2 daughters, Michelle Lea (Duane) Sheffield, and Sheila Ann (Roger) Frost and son Kevin Robert Smith; 9 grandchildren ;and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Yvette Walker; a sister, Donna Reith; a twin brother, Richard Lea Smith; and a half brother, Kenneth Smith. ^ 10-2-2012
Smith Robert Lee, 63, died May 25, 2002 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was a disabled U.S. Army veteran. He was born in Norwood, Ohio. Surviving are his wife; Mavis; 2 sons, Daniel of Temperance, Mich., and David of Bethel, Ohio; 2 stepchildren; his mother, Lucy Smith of Columbia City; 2 brothers, Frank of Kimmell and Arthur of Albion, Mich.; a sister, Linda Tidrow of Pulaski, Tenn.; 9 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private family services. Burial, Thorn Cemetery. ^ 5-28-2002
Smith Robert V, 75, of Green Twp, died August 12 at his home. He was born in Noble County north of Wolf Lake on May 6, 1867, the son of Simon P. and Elizabeth (Haskins) Smith. He attended school in Noble County and spent some time in the Ohio Northern University at Ada, majoring in music; then taught music for several years. About 53 years ago he married Lettie Shock of Wabash County. To this union was born one son. Surviving are the widow, Sarah; the son, Wilbur; and 3 grandchildren, Betty, Walter and Robert. His sister, Annie Davis, died June 17, 1942 at the age of 83. Funeral Friday at Merriam Christian Chapel, of which he was a member. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 8-?-1942
Smith Roger Dale, 6-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Smith of Wawaka, died July 26, 1950 at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital at Indianapolis. Surviving are the parents; 3 brothers, Edward, Harold and Owen J.; and the grandparents, Mrs. Sarah Smith of Wawaka, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Musser of Ligonier. Funeral July 29. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 7-?-1950
Smith Rory W, 38, of Garrett, died April 7, 2011. He was born in Kendallville on October 6, 1972 to Wally H. Smith and Rosemarie Lloyd. He married Amanda Dawn Armstrong on December 6, 2004. He worked for Allied Exterior in Albion as a roofer. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Drake Landes, Austin Pfleidner and Kraig Smith, all of Garrett; a daughter, Rhianna Armstrong of Garrett; his mother, Rosemarie Lloyd of Kendallville; four brothers, Robert Wilcox of Fort Wayne, Dennis and David Smith, both of Kendallville, and Rodney Messer of Hindman, Ky.; and five sisters, Rosemary Schaeffer of Kendallville, Roberta Garcia of Columbia City, Rowena Hart of Reno, Nev., Sheila Musser of Wolcottville and Mary Ridenour. He was preceded in death by his father in February 2011. Services will be Tuesday at the House of Prayer. ^ 4-10-2011
Smith Rosella J, 72 years, 11 months and 26 days, (b. 4-27-1893) died in Whitley County Hospital April 23, 1966. She was born in Fort Wayne but her residence has been in the Wolf Lake community. She is survived by her husband, Clyde; and 2 children, Norman Craig of Kimmell, and Mrs. Viola Burkholder of rural Albion; 2 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 stepsons; 3 sisters, Mrs. Lillian Addis of Albion, Mrs. Gertrude Miller of Decatur, and Mrs. Mildred Robbillard of Louisiana. Funeral at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home April 26. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 4-?-1966
Smith Rosetta, 86, died Friday at Glen Oaks Nursing Home in Auburn. She was born December 26, 1884, the daughter of William and Liza Seslar. She was married in 1910 to Hal Smith, who died in 1953. She lived in Kendallville 60 years. One brother, H. Seslar, Kalamazoo, Mich., survives. A son, Dale, died in 1944. A sister also preceded her in death. Funeral today in Berhalter Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 4-?-1971
Smith Roy, 63, of Wawaka, died January 21, 1949 at Lake Wales, Fla. Immediate cause of death is attributed to a heart attack. He was a member of the Albion Masonic Lodge and Methodist Church. He is survived by the widow, Wilma; one daughter, Mrs. Dale Hooten of Wawaka; 2 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ruth Armstrong of Bloomington, Ind., and Mrs. Florence Way of Exeter, Calif. Funeral yesterday. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 1-?-1949
Smith Roy E 63, 200 S. Martin St., Ligonier, died Tuesday, at his residence. A lifetime resident of the Ligonier community, he was born Aug. 30, 1905 in Wawaka, the son of Charles and Sarah (Sparrow) Smith. In 1924 he was married at Nappanee to Luella Parcell.  He was a World War II veteran and an employee of Pen Controls. Surviving in addition to the widow are one son, Kenneth L., Ligonier; 2 daughters, Mrs. Donald Stouder, Ligonier, and Mrs. James Smith, Hendersonville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ralph of Fort Wayne, and Owen of Wawaka; and 3 sisters, Mrs. Wilodean Wilson, Louisiana, Mrs. Retha Reynolds, Niles, Mich., and Mrs. Lola Munser, Milford. Services Thursday in the Ulrey-Sedgwick Funeral Home.  Burial, Sparta Cemetery. Ligonier Leader 11-26-1968 Contributed by Judy Richter
Smith Ruby L, 70, died yesterday morning of a heart attack in her home. She was born June 23, 1901 in Noble County to John and Martha Jane (Minear) Stiffner. She married Dee Smith October 25, 1925 in Fort Wayne. A lifetime Wawaka resident, she was a member of Wawaka Methodist Church. Surviving are the husband; a daughter, Mrs. Roy (Norma) Anspaugh; 2 sons, Charles and Eldon, all rural Ligonier; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ralph Sturgeon, Ligonier, and Mrs. Ella Smith, Altoona, Fla.; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral Friday in Ulrey Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-?-1971
Smith Russel E, 85, died Saturday in Betz Nursing Home. He was born July 14, 1907 in Kendallville to Jesse and Rosa (Fritz) Smith. He co-owned and operated Smith & Moore service station in Auburn for 24 years, retiring in 1971. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WW II and a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and the American Legion in Auburn. He married Verna Mock on June 9, 1929 in Auburn. She died in May 1984. Surviving are 2 sons, Richard of Auburn, and Jack of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; a sister, Jessie Haynes of Auburn; and 4 grandchildren, Tracy Jaderanipoor, Steve, Teri and Scott. Three brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Services Tuesday in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Auburn. Burial, Woodlawn Cemetery. + 9-19-1992
Smith Russell W, 92, of Rome City, died Saturday. He was born in Zionsville June 6, 1889 to Jessie and Amanda (Lane) Smith. On December 6, 1930 in Indianapolis, he married Hazel Griffith, who died December 3, 1972. He was a former employee of Cornell-Dublier, Indianapolis and a member of the North Park Masonic Lodge there. Surviving are a son, Russell L.; a brother, Harry; 6 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. A daughter preceded him in death. Services Tuesday at Hutchins-Williams Funeral Home, Wolcottville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 4-10-1982
Smith Russell W, 93, died Wednesday in his residence. He was born February 15, 1904 in Syracuse to George O. and Maude (Simpson) Smith. On October 9, 1929 in Peru he married Esther Thurwachter. She died in 1968. A lifetime Ligonier area resident, he founded and operated The Toggery from 1927 until selling the business in 1968. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ligonier Elks. He was a drummer in a local band that played in the area during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Surviving are a brother, Gerald of North Fort Myers, Fla. He was preceded in death by a brother, Everett "Petey". Funeral Monday in Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 12-31-1997
Smith Ruth, died in Elkhart Twp., Noble County, Indiana on Sunday morning, July 9th, [1871] of heart disease. The wife of Isaac Smith, she was 65 years, 10 months, 1 day. She came to her death quite suddenly, having only a few hours prior been in the apparent enjoyment of good health. She was born in the state of Virginia, but emigrated to Ohio at an early age, and resided in that state until 1864, when she removed to this county, accompanied by her husband and the family of her sons, Abram H. and J.B. Smith. She was a kind-hearted generous woman, and derived much comfort from the bestowal of her motherly affection upon those whom she fondly called her own. She was a member of the Old School Baptist Church for 40 years. Her remains were interred in the Ligonier Cemetery on Monday last, Elder Z. Thomas, officiating. No date Contributed by Pat ODell
Smith Ruth A, 90, of Kendallville, died May 7, 2012, in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. She, along with her husband owned and operated the Dairy Queen in Auburn from 1967 until their retirement in 1980. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville and a member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority. She was born Feb. 23, 1922, in Kendallville to Sheridan and Rachel (Riehm) Carter. On Jan. 23, 1942, at Zion Lutheran Church, West Fairfield, she married Charles N. “Bud” Smith. He died Oct. 21, 2011. Surviving are 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Melinda “Linda” Napier of Campton, Ky., Sherrill Vaughn-Eash and Gerald Eash of Shipshewana, and Pamela “Pam” Hanes of Waterloo; 2 sons, Charles Smith of Waterloo and Kendall Smith of Kendallville; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Carter. Funeral Friday in Young Family Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 5-9-2012
Smith Ruth H, 89, of R. 1, Ligonier, died Thursday at her residence from pneumonia. She was born Sept. 14, 1891 in Ligonier, the daughter of Ed and Cora (Buchtel) Harper. She married Ralph Smith, who died in 1961. She was a lifetime Ligonier community resident and a member of the Ligonier Church of Christ. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Edgar (Hilda) Hursey of R. 1, Ligonier, and Mrs. Iris (Arlene) Dallas of R. 1, Wolcottville; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Services Sunday in Ulrey Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 1-?-1981
Smith Ruth Helen, 82, R. 2, Kendallville, died Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne from heart trouble. Born March 3, 1904 in Toledo, Ohio, she married Seth E. Smith on Nov. 9, 1923 in Van Wert, Ohio. They moved to Kendallville in 1967. She was a member of the Kendallville Church of Christ. Surviving are 2 daughters, Patty J. McKenzie and Bonnie C. Smith of R. 2, Kendallville; 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. A daughter, son and 2 great-grandchildren preceded her in death. Services Thursday in D. O. McComb Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial, Covington Memorial Gardens. + 2-98-1987
Smith Ruth O, 92, died Wednesday in Sacred Heart Home. She was born in Kendallville December 31, 1905 to Guy H. and Bertha (Stonebraker) Smith. She married Lee E. Smith, who preceded her in death. She retired from International Harvester as a secretary. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne and OES. Surviving are a brother, Kermit W. Smith of Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by a sister, Eunice Schwartz on August 13, 1997. Funeral Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 3-4-1998
Smith S S, formerly of Kendallville, died in Iowa this week. He is the father of Mrs. B. F. Maywood. ~ 10-30-1890
Smith Samuel, a citizen of Avilla, died last Saturday. On Saturday he stepped out to his barn and not returning promptly, Mrs. Smith went out and found his body lying in the barn. A belief exists that during a paroxysm of coughing or vomiting that a blood vessel was ruptured. His funeral took place Monday. He was the father of D. J. Smith living one mile south of this city. ^ 5-11-1894
Smith Samuel, 69, Rome City, died Friday in McCray Hospital. Funeral will be Monday at Clear Creek Church, Fisty, Ky. Burial, Clear Creek Cemetery. He was born May 12, 1901 in Ky. He is survived by his wife, Bertha; 6 sons, Herman, Brimfield, Hargis, Wawaka, Homer, Rome City, Herbert, San Diego, Calif., Hobert, Cleveland, Ohio, and Howard, San Jose, Calif.; 3 sisters; 5 brothers; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. + 1-?-1971
Smith Samuel P, 76 years, 10 months and 5 days, died at his residence one mile south of Rome City last Monday. He came to Noble County in 1840. Was married to Catharine Sapp on Oct. 9, 1832 in Summit County, Ohio. Funeral was at the church at Rome City. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. He lived in Noble County 40 years, having moved from Summit County, Ohio in 1840. He leaves a wife, 3 sons and 4 daughters, who all reside in this county. ^ 12-16-1880 + 12-13-1880
Smith Samuel Stephen, son of Henry and Emma Smith, was born in Orange Twp Oct. 4, 1867. He married Minnie Esther Harder April 18, 1889. They had one son. He was a member of the IOOF and Tribe of Ben Hur. He died March 11, aged 36 years 5 months 7 days, leaving his wife, a son, parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters. Funeral was at the Evangelical Church. ^ 3-18-1904
Smith Samuel T was born in Indiana County, Pa. March 14, 1847. He died at Albion Oct. 24, 1929. Of a family of 11children, he had lived the longest. When about 2 years of age he and the family moved to Indiana and settled on a farm at Cedar 5 miles south of Garrett. He married Anna Belle Wilson Dec. 10, 1873. She died 5 years ago. They had 4 children, all of whom survive, Edwin, and Mrs. Zelma Gaby of Albion, Curtis of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Fannie Engle of Albion. There are 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He united with the Summit Methodist Episcopal Church in Noble County. Funeral was Sunday at Rehoboth Church. Burial, Rehoboth Cemetery. + 10-?-1929
Smith Sara E, 57, R. 3, Albion, died Sunday at the Columbia City Community Care Center. She was born September 28, 1925 in Whitley County, the daughter of Oscar and Icelee (Winebrenner) Gilbert. She married Everett D. Smith June 30, 1941. She had moved to Noble County in 1950. Surviving are her mother and her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Tony (Connie Lee) Clouse of Syracuse; two sons, James and Gary, R. 3, Albion; four sisters, Valda Hansen and Alice Conrow, Churubusco, Ruth Wait, Columbia City, and Mrs. Woody (Mary) Owen of Albion; three brothers, Arden, Aurora, IL, Walter and Willard, Churubusco; and eight grandchildren. Services Wednesday at Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ~ 8-25-1983 + 8-21-1983
Smith Sarah, 72, who died this afternoon after a heart attack, will be buried in Christian Chapel Cemetery after services Saturday. Surviving are a son, Wilbur, Noble County; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Lulu Urshel, Tippecanoe, and Mrs. Theodosia Honius, North Manchester. + 1945
Smith Sean M, 19, died Thursday at his Kendallville home. He was born in Fort Wayne July 16, 1977 to Dean and Tina (Swanner) Smith. A 1995 East Noble High School graduate, he was employed by Pent Assemblies. Surviving are his parents; a sister, Teresa of Wolcottville; a brother, Brian of Kendallville; grandparents, Marion and Mary Smith of Kendallville; and Robert and Jimmie Swanner of Strawn, Texas. Funeral Sunday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 8-1-1996
Smith Sheldon O, 56, died in Vencor Hospital emergency room, LaGrange. He was self-employed at S&S Lawn Service, Wolcottville, and was a Vietnam Army veteran and member of the Rome City American Legion. He was born in Fort Wayne June 3, 1942 to Kenneth and Mary Ann (Frey) Smith. On November 9, 1968 in Rome City he married Judith Ann Franklin. Surviving are his mother in Murchison, Texas; his wife; 2 daughters, Tiffany Conley of LaGrange and Dawn Smith of Wolcottville; one son, Scott of Howe; 2 brothers, David of Seymore and Terry of Wawaka; and 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon and a son, Sheldon on April 14, 1989. Funeral Monday at Hutchins Funeral Home, Wolcottville, Burial, Woodland Cemetery. + 8-8-1998
Smith, Sheldon Owen, Jr. "Junior"”, 19, of Wolcottville, died Friday at 6:26 pm in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Kendallville Feb 18, 1970, the son of Sheldon O. and Judith A (Franklin) Smith, Sr. They survive in Wolcottville. Mr. Smith, a lifetime area resident, was a 1988 Lakeland High School graduate and had been a star wrestler at the school for four years. He advanced to the state IHSAA wrestling meet in 1986, 1987, and 1988 and was named The News-Sun/Evening Star Wrestling Prep of the year in 1987 and 1988. He was a member of the USA/AAU Freestyle Wrestling Organization, Iowa Grand National Freestyle Wrestling T4eam in 1988, Indiana USA Grand National Wrestling Team 1986-188; and Indiana USA Junior Olympic Team 1986-88. He was employed by Midwest Molding in Wolcottville. Surviving with his parents are two sisters, Tiffany and Dawn, both at home; a brother Scott of Wolcottville; maternal grandmother Doris Franklin of South Milford; maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Thompson of Murchison, Texas; and a nephew, Shannon of Wolcottville. Services will be at 1 pm Tuesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville, with Deacon Phil Sanborn of St. Joseph Catholic Church, LaGrange, officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-9 pm today at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Lakeland High School wrestling program. + 4-14-1989
Smith Shirley L, 73, of Ligonier, died April 25, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born on April 18, 1938, to Harry and Myrtle (Walburn) Altimus in Kendallville. On June 16, 1956, she married Danny B. Smith in Green Center. She graduated from Albion High School in 1956. Survivors include her husband; 3 children, Bill (Deb) Smith of Wawaka, Judy (Brian) Reeve of Ligonier and Bob (Sharon) Smith of LaGrange; 9 grandchildren, Tom, Tonya, Tessa, Christina, Lisa, Tiffany, Erin, Lyle and Lauren; five great-grandchildren, Ashley, Ethan, Patrick, Courtney and Evelyn; and three siblings, Glen (Jean) Altimus of Kendallville, Walter (Judy) Altimus of Columbia City and Sandra (John) Bollinger of Wawaka. She was preceded in death by a stillborn great-granddaughter, Adarah. Funeral Friday at Yeager Funeral Home. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. ^ 4-27-2011
Smith Shirley M, about 68, a native of Smith Twp in Whitley County, but who had resided in the Wolf Lake community for 10 years, died June 17, 1957 in the Whitley County Hospital. He had operated a barber shop in Wolf Lake. Surviving are the widow, Fern; 2 sons, Sidney M. of Beaufort, S.C., and Frederick; a daughter, Mrs. Frederick Bill of Fort Wayne; 6 grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Helen Ruble and Mrs. Marguerite Watson of Indianapolis. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge at Wolf Lake. Funeral Wednesday. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. + 6-?-1957
Smith Silas S was born at Danville, Pa. Dec. 8, 1824 and was married in 1846 at Gilboy, Ohio to Margaret Alford, also a native of Penn. The widow and 4 sons and 4 daughters survive. The children are Clarence L. of Toledo, O., Waldo E., Chicago, Melvin O. of Seward, Ill., Clement V. of Clinton, Mrs. Ella Cox of Clinton, Mrs. Hattie Maywood of Chicago, and Effie and Carrie at home, both being teachers in the Clinton (Iowa) public schools. Another daughter, Mrs. Irene Cox, is buried at Kendallville, their old home. He was a tailor by trade and came to Clinton from Chicago early last spring, opening a tailoring establishment in the Adams block in company with his son, Clement. ^ 10-31-1890
Smith Simon P, 88, died at his home on Martin St., Ligonier, of heart trouble and dropsy. He was born in Ohio on March 15, 1837, but had lived in Noble County for many years. He was a farmer and before coming to Ligonier some years ago resided on his farm near Wolf Lake. Retiring from his farm some years ago he removed to Ligonier and left his farming interested in the hands of his son. + 4-?-1925
Smith Talia J, 20, of LaOtto, died Aug. 18, 2010 as the result of a car-bicycle accident on Old S.R. 3 north of C.R. 400S. She was born April 30, 1990 in Fort Wayne to Brad and Mary (Speakman) Smith. She graduated from East Noble High School in 2008, an Honor Graduate in her class. She was attending New York University, currently a junior. She attended Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. She is survived by her parents, Mary and Brad Smith of LaOtto, grandparents, Darlene Smith of Churubusco, Greta and Bil Speakman of Garrett. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Max Smith. Funeral Aug. 24 in the First Christian Church, Kendallville. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ^ 8-21-2010
Smith Tana L, 52, LaGrange, died November 26, 2002 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born May 6, 1950 in Marion County to Roger and Julia Louise (Hoshour) Reece. On March 15, 1970 she married Eugene Smith in DeKalb County. Surviving are her husband; a son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Shirlene Smith of Stroh; a daughter Julie Smith of Stroh; her stepfather, Harold Landes of Albion; 2 stepdaughters, Debra Wilhelm of Stroh and Deana Straley of Hudson; 5 sisters and 4 brothers-in-law, Mrs. Kevin (Diane) McCoy of Avilla, Mrs. Wayne (Billie) May of Wawaka, Mrs. Brad (Jerra) Smolek of Albion, Mrs. Kevin (Terra) Clouse of Albion, and Becky Smith of Indianapolis; a stepbrother, Terry Landes of Indianapolis; a stepsister, Pam Summers of Indianapolis; and 10 grandchildren, Jax, Reese, Shayntel, Courtney, Rachel, Tommy Jr., Keshia, Samantha, Randi and Jami. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Eugene Raymond Smith III; and 2 sisters, Tamera and Tammy. She retired from Starcraft in 1996 and was a 1968 graduate of Central Noble High School. Funeral Saturday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. ~ 12-5-2002
Smith Tanya D, 40, died Saturday in St. Joseph Medical Center. She was born in Decatur and lived in Woodburn several years. She was employed by Magnavox in Columbia City 4 years and was instrumental in raising funds to support the Benet Learning Center. Surviving are her husband, Michael E.; her parents, Ivan and Lucille Garwood of Fort Wayne; 2 sons, Aaron M. and Joshua D. at home; 5 sisters, including Judy Burkhart of Avilla; and 6 brothers. Services Thursday in Woodburn United Methodist Church. Burial, Highland Park Cemetery. + 12-24-1989
Smith Terry, 23, died Saturday from injuries sustained in a one-car accident on U.S. 24 in Huntington County. He was born April 6, 1975 in Kendallville to Charles E. and Brenda (Charles) Smith. He was raised by his adoptive parents, Shelby and Stella Jacobs of Cromwell. A lifetime Cromwell resident, he was employed by Silgan Plastics in Ligonier. Surviving are his father and adoptive parents; 2 sisters, Loretta Cox of Ligonier and Stella Ruggles of Argos; 2 brothers, John D. Charles of Wolcottville and Shelby Jacobs Jr. of Cromwell. His mother preceded him in death. Funeral Tuesday in Shiloh Baptist Church. Burial, Brushy Chapel Cemetery, LaGrange County. + 8-1-1998
Smith Tharon C, 55, of Cromwell, died Wednesday in Goshen Hospital. He was born August 14, 1938 in Kimmell to Albert and Latice (Gangwer) Smith. On April 2, 1972 he married Janette Liechty in Cromwell. A lifetime Cromwell area resident, he was a welding foreman for Goshen Iron & Metal. A gunsmith, he operated Smitty's Gun Shop, was a member of the National Rifle Association and of Stone's Hill Community Church. Surviving are his wife; his mother; 2 daughters, Rita Baucher of Goshen and Vonia Smith of Ariz.; 4 sons, Tharon Jr. of Cromwell, Timothy and Alan of Goshen, and Brian of Ligonier; a foster son, Abner Calao of the Philippines; a brother, Albert J. of Dunlap; a sister, Mary Kreager of Goshen; and 12 grandchildren. Funeral Saturday in Stone's Hill Community Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 9-1-1993
Smith Theresa Fee, 64, Sturgis, Mich., died Friday at the Sturgis Hospital. She was born July 1, 1916 in Kendallville to Curtis and Lilah (Merriman) Hilkert. She was married Dec. 3, 1949 in Crown Point to Glenn Smith. She moved to the Sturgis area from Indianapolis in 1949 and was employed at Donaldson Industrial Supply, Inc. for 17 years before retiring. She was a member of Sturgis and Kendallville Presbyterian Churches, Sturgis OES and Sturgis Hospital Social Guild. Surviving are the husband; a daughter, Diana Sue, Denver; a son, DeVon, Rochester, N.Y.; and a sister, Mrs. Shirley McAulay, Indianapolis. Cremation has taken place. + 2-?-1981
Smith Thomas, 91, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Merle Forker of Kendallville, Monday from paralysis. Surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. Sylvia Hunt, Walnut Grove, Mo., Mrs. Ellen Smith, LaOtto, and Mrs. Minnie Bell Markle, Mrs. Mattie Irelan and Mrs. Etta Forker of Kendallville. Funeral Wednesday from the Forker home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 7-?-1936
Smith Thomas A was born June 2, 1883 and died Jan. 28, 1952. Services at Bonham & Miser’s Jan. 31. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 1-?-1952
Smith Thomas Abijah, 65, died in the emergency room of Whitley County Hospital May 11, 1991. He was born in Noble Twp, Noble County, on May 25, 1925, a son of Charles H. and Ruie M. (Hile) Smith. After completing his education at Wolf Lake High School, he served in the U.S. Navy, Pacific Theater, during WW II. On March 8, 1946 he married Mildred J. Waters and they lived in Astoria, Oregon for 2 years. They have since resided in Noble County. He had been employed at Dana Weatherhead Co. in Columbia City and Flint & Walling of Kendallville. He was a member of Wolf Lake VFW Post 4717 and Columbia City American Legion Post 98. He is survived by his wife; 3 sons, Tommy L. "Butch" and Timothy K of Columbia City, Gary L. of Wawaka; 4 daughters, Mrs. David (Lucinda) McClure, Tri lakes, Mrs. Rick (Vicki) Lawson, Big Lake, Mrs. Carl (Becky) Wells and Mrs. Dewey (Annie) Sheets of Etna; 18 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs. Lodema Thompson and Mrs. Jenny Boggs of Albion, Mrs. Annabelle Anderson of Huntington; and 2 brothers, Harry of Columbia City and William of Big Lake. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susie; 2 brothers, Gilbert and Charles. Funeral Tuesday in Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Wolf Lake Cemetery with Wolf Lake VFW Post 4717 presenting military honors. + 5-11-1991
Smith Thomas H, 68, who resided about 2 miles south of Albion, died Jan. 28, 1952 at the Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake from a heart ailment. He is survived by the wife, Ada; 2 stepdaughters, Mrs. Ruth Stewart and Mrs. Alvin Nicholaisen of Chicago; 5 grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Zilpha Westphal, Kendallville. Services Thursday in Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 1-?-1952
Smith Thomas W, residing about a mile and a half east of Cromwell, died at his home Jan. 15. He was the youngest son of the late Simon and Elizabeth (Miller) Smith, born July 5, 1867 at the homestead where he died, having lived his entire life on the same farm. He was aged 58 years, 6 months and 10 days at the time of his death. On Jan. 27, 1901 he married Clara Koher. They had one daughter, Beulah Elizabeth, now a music student in St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame. Surviving are the widow and daughter; one half-brother, James of Dayton, O.; and 3 half-sisters, Mrs. Susan Brown and Mrs. Ray Lung of Cromwell, and Mrs. Jane Green of New York. He was a member of the F&AM of Cromwell. Funeral at Sparta Church Sunday. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 1-?-1926 Noble Co Democrat 1-21-1926
Smith Tom L, 66, of Kendallville, died Oct. 3, 213 at Parkview Noble Hospital.  He was a 1966 graduate of Kendallville High School.  He owned and operated Tom's Body Shop and Tom's Auto Parts in Kedallville.  He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Kendallville.  He was born March 19, 1947 in Kendallville to Gale and Bonnie (Hile) Smith.  On June 9, 1968 in Kendallville he married Kathy Brennan.  Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Eric (Linda) Smith of Avilla and Nathan (Amy) Smith of San Jose, CA; 4 grandchildren, Brennan, Riley, Mason Smith and Justin Ramsay; a sister Sandy (Carl) Altimus of Kendallville. Funeral, Oct. 8 in Young Family Funeral Home.  Burial, Lake View Cemetery.  ^ 10-6-2013
Smith Umphrey M, about 80, died at his home south of here Feb. 29, 1952. Services were held at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home Monday. Burial, North Manchester. + 2-?-1952
Smith Vaughn H, 60, rural Albion, died at home Aug. 31 from cancer. He leaves his wife, Jane Ann, Albion; his sons, Doug, Batesville, Ind., and Kelly, Zion, Ill.; a daughter, Cindy Hatley of Columbus Ohio; and 4 granddaughters. Private burial was Sept. 1. + 8-31-1989
Smith Vera, 94, died March 21, 1994 in Ligonier Health Facility. She was born July 12, 1989 in Brimfield, the daughter of George and Laura (Ramer) Cline. She retired in 1961 from Wirk Garment Co., Ligonier. A lifetime resident of the Ligonier area, she was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church. She married Joseph L. Smith in LaGrange County on July 8, 1920. He died in 1975. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Norma) Donley, Topeka; 3 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers. Funeral Thursday at Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Eden Cemetery. + 3-21-1994
Smith Vera L, 73, Fort Wayne, died Monday in Lutheran Hospital. She was a native of Swan in Noble County. Surviving are her husband, Elmer, and a daughter Jackie Barkley of Fort Wayne. Services Wednesday at D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. ~ 12-1-1983
Smith Vern E, 82, of 421 Krueger St., died Saturday in the Kendallville Nursing Home. Born in Sturgis, Mich., Sept. 8, 1898, he was the son of Fred and Matie (Jorin) Smith. His wife, the former Vera Zimmerman, died in 1971. He had been a Kendallville barber for many years and was a member of First Baptist Church. His son, Carlyle, died Sunday evening. He is survived by 2 sisters, Winifred of Kendallville, and Gladys Kemery of Rome City; 3 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded him in death. A double service for him and his son will be held Tuesday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. + 12-?-1980
Smith Veronica M, 86, of Kendallville, died today in Strawberry Village Nursing Home, Ligonier. Born in Metamora, Ohio May 30, 1895, she was the daughter of Jacob and Kathryn (Gillen) Simon. On Oct. 9, 1920 in Mendon, Mich. she married Howard Smith, who preceded her in death. She had moved to the Kendallville area 60 years ago from Ohio and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. Surviving are 3 sons, Simon L. of Syracuse, Howard J. of Kendallville, and Paul A. of Fort Wayne; 4 sisters, Mary Jennings of Fla., Pauline VanCoponelle of Toledo, Ohio, Sr. Barbara and Sr. Estelle of Ohio; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Services Wednesday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Woodruff Cemetery. + 1-25-1982
Smith Viola Jeffries, 73, of R. 13, Fort Wayne, died Sunday in Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born Sept. 19, 1906 in Albion, she was the daughter of William and Amanda (Smith) Moore. She married Richard Smith. She had resided in Fort Wayne since Aug. 1979, coming from Kendallville, where she had resided 13 years, previously living in Ligonier. She was a member of the Nazarene Church and Kendallville Eagles Lodge. Survivors are her husband; 2 daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Rosetta) Seay of Goshen, and Mrs. Robert (Mildred) Hawk of Fort Wayne; 2 sons, John Lewis Jeffries of Reno, Nev., and Cary Jeffries Jr. of Elkhart; a sister, Mrs. Bertha Heltzel of Nappanee; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Donald (Edith) Poage, died Nov. 17, 1979. Funeral Wednesday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Osborn Cemetery. + 2-?-1980
Smith Violet Kay, 73, of 411 W. 2nd St., Ligonier, died Sunday in Manatee Hospital, Bradenton, Fla., where she was spending the winter. She was born Feb. 15, 1914 in Noble County to Charles and Cora (Inks) Rice. In 1932 she married Harry McDonald, who died in 1939. In 1946 she married Lester Smith. A lifetime country resident, she worked at Essex Wire, Ligonier, for more than 25 years. She was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church, Good Samaritans and Perry Twp Homemakers’ Club. Surviving are her husband; 3 daughters, Ardith Keister of Albion, Kathy Holsinger of Ligonier, and Jeannine Ostrognai of Fort Wayne; a son, Patrick McDonald of Angola; 5 sisters, Betty Lehman of Topeka, Bonnie Ramer of Albion, Lucille Wagner of Defiance, Ohio, Ruth Beason of Mishawaka, and Maxine Hubler of Angola; 2 brothers, Leslie of Nappanee and Ivan of Topeka; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Services Wednesday in Ligonier United Methodist Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 1-24-1988
Smith Virgie C, 78, R. 1, Ashley, died Saturday in Meadow Haven Nursing Home, Butler. He was born in Fort Wayne Nov. 24, 1908. A WW II veteran, he was a retired iron worker and member of Local 55 Ironworkers of Toledo. Surviving are his wife, the former Dolloras Porter; 3 daughters, Catherine Beals, Toledo, Ohio, Tina Smith and Amy Warner of Ashley; a son, Virgil II of Fort Wayne; a stepdaughter, Suzanne Muniz, Ashley; 3 stepsons, Kris Walters of Angola, Gerald Hitzka of Akron, Ohio, and Roland Hitzka of Toledo; a sister, Thelma Trowbridge of Kendallville; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services today in Kistler Funeral Home of Ashley-Hudson. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 8-15-1987
Smith Virginia Catherine, 74, of Sumner, Wash., died May 4, 2002 at home of congestive heart failure due to emphysema. She had been a real estate agent in Wash. and Penn. She was born May 27, 1928 in Kendallville to Carroll and Nona (Gillem) Holcomb. She was a 1947 graduate of Kendallville High School and attended Butler University 2 years. Her husband of 51 years, Elmer O. Smith, died Feb. 23, 2000. A daughter, Linda, died in 1980. Surviving are 3 daughters, Karen Todd and Carol Dickenson of Sumner, and Cheryl Campbell Weybrew of Auburn, Wash.; a son, Steven of Sumner; and grandchildren, Colin and Alex Smith, Dakoda and Kaylee Dickenson and Courtney and Ciara Campbell Weybrew. Services were May 26. Her ashes were spread at Mount Rainier and in Carmel, Calif. ^ 6-18-2002
Smith Wally H, 79, of Kendallville died Feb. 8, 2011 in Kendallville. He graduated from Kendallville High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. during the Korean Conflict. He also served with the Air Force for 15 years, and was in the Army Reserves for 15 years. He retired in April, 1996, after 28 years from No-Sag in Kendallville. He was a member of the VFW Post 2749, American Legion Post 86, Kendallville Moose Lodge and the Kendallville Eagles Lodge. He was born April 14, 1931, in Kendallville to William H. and Lena (Lung) Smith.Surviving are three sons, Dennis Smith of Kendallville, David Smith of Kendallville and Rory Smith of Auburn; four daughters, Sheila Musser of Wolcottville, Mary Ann Ridenour of Rome City, Rosemary Shaffer of Kendallville, and Rowena Osborn of Nevada; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Funeral Thursday in Young Family Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery with military services by VFW Post 2749.^ 2-9-2011
Smith Walter H, 55, died Tuesday at his residence. He was born April 16, 1934 in Wolf Lake, the son of William and Neva (Bitting) Smith. On June 5, 1954 he married Marilyn Murphy. He first lived in Albion and in 1961 moved to the family’s Green Center farm. He moved to Churubusco in 1981. He was service manager for McClure Implement in Kendallville for 15 years and for Truelove Brothers in Albion for 11 years. He was also a farmer, retiring in 1979. He was a member of Indiana Tractor Pullers Association, Eagles Lodge in Albion, and Tri-State Motorcycle Club in Butler. Surviving are his wife; 3 daughters, Deborah Holden of Larwill, and twins Paula Jean and Pamela Lynn at home; 2 sons, Gary Joe of Albion and Dale Robert of Churubusco; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Bower of Albion; a brother, Robert C. of Fort Wayne; and 4 grandchildren. Services Friday in Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 8-22-1989
Smith Wilbur D "Dick", 70, 734 Mott St., died today in Kendallville Nursing Home. He was born in Topeka Aug. 8, 1902, the son of Charles L. and Stella (Roe) Smith, and was married in Albion Nov. 25, 1925 to Coral N. Adair. He moved here from Goshen 43 years ago and was a baker by trade. He was employed for about 25 years by City and Allen Dairies. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and Odd Fellows Lodge. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Harold (Doris Lea) Sellers, Northcrest Dr.; 3 brothers, Joseph, Ligonier and Guy and Glenn, Topeka; and one grandson, John Adrian Sellers. Funeral Saturday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 4-?-1973
Smith Wilbur P, 74, R. 2, Albion, died Thursday at Glen Oaks Nursing Home, Auburn. He was born April 29, 1896 in Wabash to Robert and Sarah (Shock) Smith. In 1926 he married Neva K. Bitting. She died May 21, 1961. He had spent his married life in Noble County and was a member of Merriam Christian Chapel Church. Surviving are 2 sons, Walter H., R. 2, Albion, and Robert C., Fort Wayne; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth) Bowers, R. 3, Albion; 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral Sunday at Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 7-?-1970
Smith William was born in Columbiana County, Ohio Sept. 7, 1820 and died in Noble County, March 14, 1900. On Nov. 19, 1844 he married Amelia Ferrall. She died Oct. 21, 1846, leaving one daughter, who died Nov. 22, 1875. On Nov. 28, 1850 he married Mary Anne Saunders, who survives. They had 3 children, John G., Elisabeth, Metilla and Ella. John died Sept. 30, 1876 and Metilla died May 2, 1896, thus leaving one surviving child, Mrs. T. P. Kesler. He moved to Noble County Aug. 1859, settling on the farm where he resided until his death. Funeral at the Jefferson Twp residence March 16. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. ^ 3-23-1900
Smith William, 63, Wawaka postmaster, died at his home there Saturday from complications. For years he was prominent in civic affairs. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Haven Way and Mrs. D. A. Armstrong; and one son, C. L., all of Wawaka. Funeral was Monday at Cosperville Baptist Church. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 6-20-1923
Smith William A died at his residence in Ligonier March 13, 1891. He was born in Licking County, Ohio, Nov. 27, 1830. There he grew to manhood. About the year 1850 he came with his parents to this county. Dec. 21, 1856 he married Minerva Hull of his native county. They had 3 children, who survive. He united with the Old School Baptist Church in 1865. His last sickness was pronounced inflammation of the bowels. Funeral was held at the Christian Church. Burial, cemetery nearby. + 3-13-1891
Smith William H, 57, died in Albion Dec. 29, 1872 of lung fever. Albion New Era 1-3-1873
Smith William H was born in Green Twp near Albion on June 19, 1864, the son of Eli and Mary Ann Smith, and was one of 5 sons, Otis, Albert, Corwin and the parents have died, one brother, Judd of Columbia City, survives. He was married to Lydia Frederick in 1886 and they went to Kansas where they lived about 2 years, coming back to Noble County where they continued to reside together for 40 years until her death in 1926. They had 5 children. One son, Frederick, died at the age of 2 years. One son and 3 daughters survives, Marion T. of Albion, Mrs. Arthur Friskney of Morenci, Mich., Mrs. Clarence Justice of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Joe Starkey of Chesterton, Ind. There are 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. In July 1936 he was married to Della Allen, who with 4 stepchildren, Mrs. Russell Clayson, Roger, Fay and Vera Allen, survive him. He was a member of Christian Chapel and served on the cemetery board of trustees. On Oct. 25, 1938 he died, being past 74 years of age. Funeral at Christian Chapel on Oct. 28. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 10-?-1938
Smith William H, 68, 451 Freeman St., Kendallville, died Friday in McCray Hospital of a sudden heart attack. He was born Feb. 9, 1911 in South Whitley, Ind., the son of Benjamin F. and Lillian (Burch) Smith. On Aug. 16, 1930 he married Lena Lung in LaGrange. He lived most of his life in Kendallville. He had been a member of the VFW Father’s Auxiliary since 1953. Surviving is his wife; a son, Wally H., Kendallville; one sister, Mrs. Elva Mollet, Highland, Calif.; and 7 grandchildren. One sister preceded him in death. Funeral Monday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 6-?-1979
Smith William Weston, son of William and Ellen Smith, was born in Van Wert County, Ohio April 28, 1883, and died at the Methodist Hospital in Fort Wayne Aug. 10, aged 44 years, 3 months and 12 days. He married Elizabeth Downing and they had a child, wife dying 9 years ago. When coming home to spend the day with his father and mother with his sister (Florence VanDyke) in a motorcycle they met with the fatal accident which caused the death of both. He was an employee in the O. K. Machine Shops at Fort Wayne, a member of the Eagles Lodge in Kendallville. He leaves his daughter, Ellen; his father and mother of Albion; 2 sisters, Mrs. Anna Merica of Colon, Mich., and Mrs. Hazel Fries, 921 Lincoln Ave., Fort Wayne; 2 brothers, Bert E. of Albion and Charles of Fort Wayne. A double funeral was conducted at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Smith, at Skinner Lake. Burial, Albion Cemetery. + 8-?-1927
Smith Willodean J, 75, died Wednesday in Kendallville. She was born June 13, 1923 in Niles, Mich. to Archie and Helen (Kyle) Pippenger. On November 3, 1946 in Sturgis, Mich., she married Charles Smith. She retired in 1990 from Rogers Market and was a member of Beacon Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Gary (Dorla) Tucker of Kendallville; 2 sons, David of Wolcottville and Dale of Westville; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday at Beacon Baptist Church. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 1-20-1999
Smith Wilma, 2-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Smith of 722 N. Main St. got hold of some medicine tablets which looked like candy which were in an envelope in a small dish setting on a commode. The doctor states there were 2 kinds of tables - one for lagrippe, the other a cathartic, and that full directions and the formula were attached. She died just before 12 o’clock. Funeral will be at the house Wednesday. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ^ 7-19-1909
Smith Zur W, 63, died Feb. 19 at St. Petersburg, Fla. A former Churubusco resident, he also resided at Chicago, South Bend and Lake Wawasee. The wife, Lois, and 2 sisters survive. Rites at Smith Funeral Home in Columbia City Saturday. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 2-19-1962
Smitley Evangeline Dolan (Allman), 71, Hoagland, died Sunday in Adams County Hospital, Decatur. She was a member of the Hoagland Methodist Church and St. Mary’s Chapter, OES, Poe. Surviving are the husband, Paul; two sons, Forest and Richard Dolan, both of California; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Raber, Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, and a brother, Lee Allman, Wisconsin. Funeral Wednesday n Hoagland Methodist Church. ~ 1-8-1959

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