Howard Smith, 71

Howard W. Smith, 71, LaFontaine, passed away 7:41 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, at his home. He was born to the late Howard B. and Doris W. (Flitcraft) Smith on Feb. 8, 1942 in Peru.

He married Elsie Bryant on April 6, 1962, she survives. He retired from General Motors of Marion, after 46 years. He was a member of Bible Methodist Church in Gas City. He was also a member of Fairmount Masonic Lodge, Fort Wayne Shrine and Scottish Rite and Order of Eastern Star in LaFontaine.

He is also survived by a son, John Smith (Tara), Converse; daughter, Jennifer Musall (Kent), Hillsdale; five grandchildren, Christina Grant (Cary) and Jeffrey Smith (Debra) both of Wabash, and Trisha Musall, Olivia Faith Musall, and Matthew Musall all of Hillsdale; three great grandchildren, Coen Grant, Blayke Smith, and Bree Smith; two sisters, Linda Noble, Florida and Mrs. Terry (Mary Lou) Gladwell, New York and several half brothers and sisters.

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at McDonald Funeral Home, LaFontaine Chapel, 104 S. Main Street, LaFontaine, with Rev. Jeff Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the LaFontaine IOOF Cemetery in LaFontaine.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Wabash/Miami County Hospice, 710 N. East Street, Wabash, Indiana 46992.

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Posted on 2013 Jun 17