DeLoy J. Smith, 92, an 88 year resident of Metz, IN, and a 4 year resident of Winter Haven, Fl, passed away March 17, 2011, due to kidney failure lovingly surrounded by his daughters. The only son of Elgie and Vera Ingledue Smith, he was born August 17, 1918 in Metz and graduated from Metz High School in 1937. He moved to his farm that he currently owns at the age of 13 and was a farmer his entire life. In 1983 he retired from Wenzeler Stamping in Montpelier, OH, as foreman after 18 years of service. As a member of the Metz Christian Church he has been an elder since 1963 and in 2006 was declared an honorary elder. He was also a sunday school teacher at the church for 35 years. Mr. Smith was a Angola Masonic Lodge Member of #236, a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne and of the Mizpah Shrine. He was a board member and cared for the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery from 1949-2006. In his leisure time as a younger man he enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, motorcycle riding and wintering in Florida since 1983. In addition to his parents; DeLoy was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Letha Reese Smith on December 26, 1997, an infant son James Allen Smith in 1944 and a grandson, Gregory Pollard in 1987. He leaves to mourn two daughters, Jo (Jim) Myers of Plainfield, IN and Winter Haven, FL and Willie 'Jean' (Russell) Tidwell of Nashville, TN, three grandchildren; Kelly (Doug) Brown, Kenneth Myers and Shelley (Gregory) Howard, along with 6 great-grandchildren, three step grandchildren and 5 step greatgrandchildren. The family will receive friends for visitation from 4:00 pm until 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 followed by a Masonic Service by the Angola Masonic Lodge #236 at 7:30 pm at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, Indiana. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 11:00 am with one hour of visitation prior to the service. Officiating will be Pastor Jim Hulbert. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Metz, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to The Good Shepherd Hospice, 490 E. Davidson Street, Bartow FL 33830.
The Good Shepherd Hospice, 490 E. Davidson Street, Bartow FL 33830
4:00PM to 7:30PM on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at Weicht Funeral Home (Prayer at 7:30PM) (map/driving directions)
In-state at 10:00AM, Service at 11:00AM at Weicht Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 (map/driving directions)
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Metz, IN (map/driving directions)