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Hugh DeWayne Smith, 93, Kokomo, loving father and faithful husband, went to be with our Lord and Savior Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Born April 8, 1924, to Orville and Hazel (Whitehead) Smith, he was always a handful. On March 13, 1943, he married the love of his life, Dolly Mae (Pine), who survives. They were married 74 years.
Hugh graduated in 1943 from Kokomo High School, where he started on the football team. He loved sharing stories from his high school days. He went directly into the Navy, where he studied engineering at the Great Lakes Naval Academy. He served proudly during World War II on the USS Suamico oil tanker of the 7th Fleet. He was in every major battle, including Iwo Jima. Hugh was self-employed as a floor covering installer, and a member of the Morning Star Church.
Hugh is also survived by two sons, Stephen (Linda) Smith of Saraland, Alabama, Michael (Debra) Smith, New Port Rickey, Florida, and daughter, Susan Wills, Kokomo. Grandchildren, who affectionately called him Papaw, are Brian (Carissa) Smith, Germany; Kimberly (Stephen) Ridgeway, Saraland, Alabama; Michelle (Isabelle Plante) Smith, St. Paul, Minnesota; Kari (Joe) Higgins and Kelli Ogle, Kokomo. Great-grandchildren are Haley Plemons, McKenzie Plemons, Celie Jackson, Ezra Ogle, Abby Higgins, Gabriel Smith, Max Higgins, Stephen Ridgeway, and Samara Hendrickson. Great-great-grandchildren are Brody Hamilton and Ralayia Bryan; a brother, Ronald Smith, Frankfort, Indiana; and a sister, Winifred Snyder, Kokomo.
Hugh was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Doyle and Gary Smith; and sister, Gloria Mae McCain.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to special neighbors Tom and Sandy Maddox, Great Lakes Hospice, and the nurses and aides at Wellbrook.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St. Pastor Greg Reed will officiate. Entombment with military rites by the U.S. Navy and the Kokomo Military Rites Team will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Great Lakes Hospice. You may read Hugh's obituary at www.ellersmortuarywebster.com, where you may sign the guestbook or share a personal message to the family.
Published on May 31, 2017
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