John A. Smith, age 68, of New Castle, Indiana, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2022, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. He was born August 21, 1953, in New Castle, to the late William & Betty (Foster) Smith.
John proudly served his country in both the United States Army & Air Force for more than a combined 25 years. He loved playing his guitar for the family and was known for “Poppy’s Pancakes” and the occasional food fight. He loved playing board games with his siblings, especially playing “murder” a game, their father made for them. More than all of this, spending time with his family whom he loved very much, is what he enjoyed most.
Left to cherish his loving memory include his children; Heather Hurst, Jeanie Mae Smith-Justice, John Smith & Tobby (Rachel) Smith: grandchildren; Clair (Kenny) Lane, Zachary (Rachael) Hurst, Austin (Sidney) Smith, Conner (Nickie) Delk, Sabrina (Charlie) Little, Cheyenne Delk, Tobby Hurst, Kaily Smith & Piper Smith: 4 great-grandchildren: siblings; Caroline, Andrew & Dennis: daughter-in-law Donna Smith and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
John is preceded in death by his 2 wives; Velma Smith who passed in 1974 and Jane Smith who passed in 2021.
Friends may call from 4:00 pm ~ 7:00 pm Wednesday July 13, 2022, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am with military honors being performed on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at Rose City Funeral Home, 2011 East Broad Street, New Castle. Burial will take place at St. Anne Cemetery in New Castle.
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