Tom L. Smith

March 19, 1947 - October 03, 2013

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Service: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 2 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville

Calling: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.
Tom L. Smith (Smitty), 66, of Kendallville died Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 5:31 p.m. in the emergency room at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.

He was a lifetime area resident, and a 1966 graduate of Kendallville High School.

Tom owned and operated Tom’s Body Shop and Tom’s Auto Parts in Kendallville. Prior to his passing, he worked with his wife in operating Remember When Antiques in Kendallville.

He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Kendallville where he also served as a Trustee.

Tom was an avid sports fan and enjoyed coaching Kendallville Little League Baseball for many years. He also had a passion for cars and could be found helping a friend in need when their car wouldn’t start or mysteriously ended up in the ditch.

Most importantly, he was a supportive loving husband and father who loved being called “epaw” and “papaw” by his four grand kids. “Uncle Tom” was a badge that he wore proudly and all nephews and nieces knew he was only a call away to help them with anything. Tom was a friend to most who walked into his life and was a big fan of our Kendallville community.

He was born March 19, 1947, in Kendallville to Gale and Bonnie (Hile) Smith.

On June 9, 1968, in Kendallville he married Kathy Brennan. She survives in Kendallville.

Also surviving are two sons, Eric (Linda) Smith of Avilla and Nathan (Amy) Smith of San Jose, California; four grandchildren, Brennan Smith, Riley Smith, Mason Smith, and Justin Ramsay; a sister, Sandy (Carl) Altimus of Kendallville; two nieces, Jodi (Jeff) Manier of Kendallville and Mindy (Steve) Bobay of Kendallville; a great-niece, Jamie Manier; a great-nephew, Justin Manier and many, many Smith and Hile cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Steve Bahrt of Faith United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Brennan, David Leamon, Carl Altimus, Michael Brennan, Jeff Manier, and Steve Bobay.

Honorary pallbearers will be Brennan Smith, Riley Smith, Mason Smith, and Justin Ramsay.

Calling is Monday, October 7, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to Faith United Methodist Church or ARC of Noble County; a workshop for the handicapped in Albion.

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Guest Book

Becky (Hill) Dykstra
October 12th, 2013 4:38pm
Brooklyn, MI

Kathy, I am so sorry to read about the passing of Tom. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad and difficult time. Most sincerely, Becky.

John & Mary Hageman
October 11th, 2013 12:19am

Kathy, Mary and I are very sad to here of the passing of Tom. I did a lot of business with him and he was a pleasure to be around. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Alanna Coffelt
October 9th, 2013 2:59pm
Kendallville IN

Kathy, I am so sorry you lost your husband. I remember him from school and he was a very nice person. I hope you can feel the support of your community at this time. It is always nice to talk to you when I come in your store. Many blessings. Alanna

Joellen Sprankle
October 8th, 2013 7:30pm
Tempe, Az

So sorry for your loss Kathy; may GOD wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace,comfort and strength; each day as long as you need him.. Much love and blessings. Always Jo

Greg & Kay Snapp
October 8th, 2013 3:55pm
El Paso, TX

Kathy & Family, We were so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We wish we could have been there with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Greg & Kay

Bill Nartker
October 7th, 2013 10:25pm

So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Good memories in the good 'ole days, will miss Tom greatly, a fine friend.

Dwight Thomas
October 7th, 2013 2:36pm
Ocala, Fl

Dear Kathy, I was so sad to hear about Tom. I want you to know that I will be Praying for you in these hard times. Dwight

Sharol Cloud
October 6th, 2013 3:35pm
Bristol, Indiana

Kathy, Roger sent me the message that Tom had died. I am so sorry for your loss. The obituary certainly shows the person he was and he will be missed by all.

Peggy Edwards Musolff
October 5th, 2013 9:53pm
Sturgis Michigan

Sending my deepest Sympathy to Tom's family. May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish always, and the strength in the companionship of those who share you loss. Eric, Mike said you have a trip planned in November may you find comfort in that time with your life long friends and share the memories of your dad together. May God bring you peace at this time.

Cheryl & Dwane Thomas
October 5th, 2013 8:01pm
Woodstock, GA

We were so sorry to hear about Tom. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and his family. God Bless you all be with you through this time. Love and prayers, Dwane & Cheryl

Debbie Snyder
October 4th, 2013 10:19pm

Kathy and everyone else in the family, I was so very sorry and sad to learn that Tom had passed away today. He was truly such a great guy, Kathy you know how him and I laughed when we would get together, one of those rare people that I could do that with and have not a worry in the world with, those were such good memories. I know he thought I was nuts at times, ( I saw the way he looked at me haha ) I am so heartbroken that I did not get to see him again and that is my own fault for not coming over when I knew he was sick. I really did love him. He was so lucky to have you to take care of him. I know he is in heaven now but I will miss him forever. Tom Smith is really quite a common name but there was nothing common about this Tom, He was truly a one in a million guy but you know that. I'm so sorry, if there is anything you need or that I can do for you let me know and I mean that. I love you guys. Debbie