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J. Aaron SmithJohn Aaron Smith, 88, of Fountain City, passed away Wednesday, July 24, at Golden Living Center Richmond.
He was born on December 18, 1924 in Holy Cross, Kentucky, the oldest child of Rueben and Anna Belle Medley Smith. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS LST 501 during World War Two with the distinction of serving in campaigns in both the European and Pacific theatres of operation. Mr. Smith farmed all of his life and formerly worked as a custodian at Northeastern Schools for 15 years. He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.
Mr. Smith will be missed by his daughters and sons-in-law, Linda & Bill Cool, of Mooreland; Cathy & Steve Johnson, of Richmond and Sharon & Joe Bleill, of Fountain City; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert & Judy Smith and Daryl & Mendy Smith, all of Fountain City; 18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, sisters, Barbara Ann Fogle, of Holy Cross, KY; Ada Jane Hamilton, of Loretta, KY; brother, John Edgar Smith, of Bardstown, KY and several nieces & nephews.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ellen C. Scheibler Smith; sons, Duane Smith and Louis Smith; 2 grandchildren, sisters, Wilba Jean Corbett and Bernice Ballard; brothers Earl Smith, Juddie Smith and Louis Smith.
The Rev. Todd Riebe and Deacon Frank Roberts will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 27 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 235 South 5th Street in Richmond. Interment with military rites will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Seton Catholic Schools, 801 West Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374 or the American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
To the Smith Family - Our sincere sympathy to all of you. Aaron was a great guy and fun to work with at Northeastern Elementary. May God bless you at this time.
Gordon and Sally Ricketts Jul 26 2013 12:00 AM
On behalf of the entire Business Expert Team for the Bank of Texas I offer you our deepest sympathy during this difficult time.
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T.C. Alexander Jul 26 2013 12:00 AM
We send our sympathy to you in the loss of your dad. We will always remember our visits at Golden Rule Oakridge when Howard was his roommate. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. We came to visit on Friday, but the wait was very long and my (Cathy) back could not hold up to standing so long.
Bill and Cathy
Bill and Cathy Horton Jul 26 2013 12:00 AM
I want you to know I have very fond memories of your Dad/Grandpa. He was a good family man. May you find peace and comfort in The Lord during this time but also through your family and friends.
Beth Overleese Rabideau
Beth Rabideau Jul 25 2013 12:00 AM
you all are in my thoughts and prayers. your dad/grandpa was a wonderful man who touched the lives of many and was truly special.
terry bleill turner Jul 25 2013 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you all.
Susan (Toschlog) Hutzell Jul 25 2013 12:00 AM
Aaron was a great guy. We always enjoyed seeing him when we made it back into town to see Mom & Dad. It was fun to just sit and talk with him.
Rest in Peace Aaron.
Brent Hendrix Jul 25 2013 12:00 AM
Aaron and I worked together at Whitewater Elementary School. He did his job and I did my job. There were some jobs we did together. The time we tarred the roof of the school and he dropped a big barrel of tar on my foot. I walked on crutches for awhile, but we got to know each other really well. I have always considered Aaron a close friend. I will be out of town Friday and Saturday, but I want to tell his family that Aaron had integrity, honesty and hard working attributes. I remember him being a lot like my dad. He would try anything and if he failed, he fixed it. My sympathies to the family. I cared for Aaron more then any custodian that I ever worked for in my career. God Bless all of you and he has blessed Aaron already. Mr. Hampton
Everett Hampton Jul 25 2013 12:00 AM
Aron, we all know you are happy now, in Heaven with your loving wife Ellen,2 sons. We always associated In. with yous guys, so many memories, and good times. Love to all
John & Grace Smith Jul 25 2013 12:00 AM
I am so sorry to hear about your Dad, Grandpa---he was a good man and will be missed by many. Keep your memories alive in your heart always....all my love Claudia
Claudia Ramey Jul 25 2013 12:00 AM