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David G. Smith, 83, went home to be with the Lord at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017, at St. Vincent Kokomo. He was born Jan. 25, 1934, to the Rev. J. McFarlane and Pearl Quinley (Johnson) Smith. He graduated from Northwestern High School, where he met the love of his life, Margie A. (Long) Smith, who survives. They were married Sept. 26, 1954.
Surviving are their sons and their wives, Chris D. Smith and his wife, Beth, and Craig McFarlane Smith and his wife, Cherie. He had 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They are Lindsey and John Brown, Adam and Amy Smith, Jenna and Alex Miller, Ashley Smith, Jessica Smith, Dakota Smith, Jayce Ellis, and great-grandchildren, William Brown, Cooper Brown, and Carson Smith. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, including Timothy McFarlane Smith, J. Michael Smith, Jeff Bowman, Brenda Bowman, Kathy Shambaugh, and Pamela Long.
Preceding him in death were Dave's parents and brothers, Kenneth McFarlane Smith, Keith Smith, and Ron H. Smith.
He retired from Public Service Indiana, Plainfield, as the corporate safety manager. While employed at the Kokomo facility, he was a lineman, foreman, and a superintendent.
Dave also retired as a major from the Indiana National Guard after 20 years of service. He received a Certificate of Commendation for ANACDUTRA 1961. He was a member of the American Legion and 1-150th Field Artillery Association.
After retirement, Dave worked at the Indiana Department of Labor as a training consultant, and he did OSHA training and inspections. He also worked as a consultant with the ORR Safety Equipment Co.
He was a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church. When asked how long he was a member, he would always state his age plus nine months.
David's father, James McFarlane Smith, was pastor of the church for 47 years. David was the church moderator for over 20 years. He was also a Sunday school teacher and a deacon of the church. He served on many church boards and on the building committee for the current church. He played and coached church league basketball for several years for Calvary Baptist Church. While in Florida, he attended Plant City First Baptist Church.
Dave was a past president, a manager, and chief umpire at Eastside Little League while his sons played baseball.
He loved to watch his grandkids play sports and other school activities. He also enjoyed swimming, golfing, and going to Florida for the winters.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 21, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1967 W. Boulevard, with calling one hour prior with Pastor Jeff Sexton officiating. Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Dave will be laid to rest at North Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church for the J. McFarlane and Pearl Smith Library Fund.
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Published on April 16, 2017
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