DeLoy James Smith

Born: Sat., Aug. 17, 1918
Died: Thu., Mar. 17, 2011

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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.


Memorials:
The Good Shepherd Hospice, 490 E. Davidson Street, Bartow FL 33830


Visitations:
4:00PM to 7:30PM on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at Weicht Funeral Home (Prayer at 7:30PM) (map/driving directions)

Services:
In-state at 10:00AM, Service at 11:00AM at Weicht Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 (map/driving directions)

Cemetery:
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Metz, IN (map/driving directions)



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Billie (Cleverly) Oliver - March 19th, 2011 at 9:45am - Email
Jean & Jo- So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. He truly embodied what the life of a Christian man was all about. My prayers to all the Smith family.

Bonnie Geist , Barbara Harris & Laura Perkins - March 20th, 2011 at 7:13pm - Email
We are so sorry for your loss. The three of us remember the times, as children, we went to your parents house & watched the maple syrup being made. We three girls are the daughters of Donald & Emma Coolman. Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Greg & Deb (Morrison) - March 20th, 2011 at 11:16pm - Email
You will be missed greatly by all who have ever met you. You know that you were my "other" dad once Sidney passed in 1986. You grew the most delicious vegetables in Metz.

Jim and Connnie Gray - March 21st, 2011 at 11:01am - Email
Our prayers are with you Jim and Jo.

Charlotte Lehmann - March 21st, 2011 at 2:50pm - Email
It was my pleasure to know Deloy, as he was the companion of my Step Mother Bonnie for 4 plus years. Bonnie enjoyed his friendship; he was one of a kind. Please accept our sympathy for the loss of your Father.

Sher Lustig - March 27th, 2011 at 5:31pm - Email
There will always be a special place in my heart for DeLoy. He was kind and caring when it came to my Mom in Winter Haven Florida. It put a smile on our faces to see them enjoy life at their special age. DeLoy's daugher Jo treated my Mom like she was part of their family. Her thoughtfulness will always be remembered and appreciated.