GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. — Thomas L. Smith passed away in Green Valley, Arizona, the morning of May 7, 2015.
Tom was born in Marion, Indiana, on February 9, 1930, to Mount Y. Smith and Asenath (Rodabaugh) Smith. The family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Tom graduated from South Side High School and attended Indiana University.
Tom was a toolmaker and a plastics engineer and was employed many years by J.B. Tool & Die in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was general manager of the Adroit Corp. in Huntertown, Indiana, and retired from there in 1994.
In 1972, he married his present wife, Nancy, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They moved to Snow Lake in 1975, where he enjoyed ice fishing and his sail boat.
He was an active member of the Nevada Mills United Methodist Church for many years.
Since he loved to travel, he and Nancy were able to visit all 50 of the United States (all but Hawaii in their nine motor homes.) They also visited New Zealand, Australia and many European countries, the last being the British Isles in 2013.
In 1997, he and Nancy moved to Green Valley, Arizona, where he was able to play golf 12 months of the year. When he was 80 years young, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by getting his recreational pilot's license and he enjoyed taking friends up for plane rides.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 43 years, Nancy Smith of Green Valley; two daughters, Kay Smith of Santa Rosa, California, and Debbie (Mike) Wyss of Snow Lake, Indiana; a son, Terry Smith of Hamilton, Indiana; two granddaughters, Corrine Barlow of Manhattan, New York, and Megan Foster of Santa Rosa, California; and a grandson, Brayden Thomas Smith of Hamilton, Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vergine Hively Smith; his parents, Mount and Asenath Smith; brothers, Hal and Floyd Smith; a sister, Alta Smith; his daughter, Connie Barlow; and a grandson, Bradley Barlow.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, August 16, 2015 at the Nevada Mills United Methodist Church, Nevada Mills United Methodist Church, 5360 N. C.R. 300W, Fremont, IN 46737.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Nevada Mills United Methodist Church, 5360 N. C.R. 300W, Fremont, IN 46737 in care of V. Claus
"Peachy," as he was known to those who knew him, was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
Charitable donations may be made in Thomas's memory to the following organization:
Nevada Mills United Methodist Church c/o V. Claus
5360 N. C.R. 300W, Fremont, IN 46737