David Wayne Smith, 54

David Wayne Smith, 54, of rural Wabash, died at 9:35 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, in Fort Wayne.

He was born Jan. 21, 1961,  in Wabash, to Jack T. and Darma R. (Jones) Smith.

David owned Smith Welding Repair & Tractor Restoration for 30 years. He was a member of Treaty Church of Christ, enjoyed gardening and his work.

He is survived by his mother, Darma R. Smith of Wabash; six sisters, Debbie (James) Bartoo of Urbana, Kathy Smith, Jackie (Rick) Gardner, Jill (William) Schmalzried, all of Wabash, Holly (Tom) Rose of Roann,  and Darma M. Smith, of Wabash; brother, Jack T. (Cathy) Smith, Jr. of Wabash; 36 nieces and nephews, and his dog, Jake.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack T. Smith  Sr., and a nephew.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with David's good friend, Erick Fleck, officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 4-8 p.m., Monday, May 18 at the funeral home.

The memorial guest book for David may be signed at


Posted on 2015 May 14