John 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.