John R. Smith, 82, formerly of Preble, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Millers at Oak Pointe in Columbia City. John was born on January 28, 1937 in Adams County, IN to the late Adolph E. and Alice C. (Helmrich) Smith. On January 12, 1973, John married Janet K. Rickord, she preceded him in death on May 20, 2005.
John was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur. He was self-employed/general manager of his own business J.R.S. Construction. John was a former member of the Moose Lodge, Decatur.
John is survived by 3 sons, Jeff Smith of Ft. Wayne, David (Wendy) Smith of Fisher and Brian (Latoya) Smith of San Diego, CA; a daughter, Jamie (Todd) Eloph of Columbia City; 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Smith; a brother, Harvey Smith; 3 sisters, Barbara Hand, Florence Williams and Edna Smith.
A Funeral Liturgy will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019 with Father David Ruppert officiating. Visitation will be prior to service from Noon-2:00 p.m. at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Indiana Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis.
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