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Ronald E Smith

April 13, 1935 ~ November 28, 2021 (age 86)

Obituary

ALBION — Ronald "Ron" E. Smith, 86, of Skinner Lake near Albion, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at Sacred Heart Village in Avilla.  He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on April 13, 1935, to Kenneth and Elouise (Linn) Smith.

Ron was employed at Essex for 25 years, working in Tool & Die.  He was a member of the Albion Eagles and former school board member at Zion Lutheran School in Fort Wayne.

On May 3, 1957, in Corunna, Indiana, he married Marlene Endorf. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, Mathias (Mary) Smith, of Weiser, Idaho; daughters, Kimberly (Dan) Phares, of Ligonier, Ronda (Norm) Lortie, of Albion and Jody Gaff, of Kendallville; grandchildren, Greg Smith, Kenny Smith, Andrew Smith, Bradley Phares, Kristen Try, Tyler Phares, Jay Lortie, Joe Lortie, Todd Lortie, Abbey Mault, Jolene Deveau, Caleb Gaff and Courtney Gemmill; 34 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bill Endorf, of Fort Wayne; aunt, Leone Schmidt, of Fort Wayne; and cousin, Darleen Nelson.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Chris Gaff; great-grandson, Corbin Gemmill; and uncles, Donald Schmidt and Garland Schmidt.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 111 W. Albion St., Avilla, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Pastor Patrick Kuhlman will officiate.

Visitation will also be from 3-7 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, at Harper Funeral Homes, Albion Chapel, 771 Trail Ridge Road, Albion.

Contributions in Ron's memory may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
December 1, 2021

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Harper Funeral Homes - Albion Chapel
771 Trail Ridge Road
Albion, IN 46701

Visitation
Thursday
December 2, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
113 W Albion St
Avilla, IN 46710

Funeral Service
Thursday
December 2, 2021

11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
113 W Albion St
Avilla, IN 46710

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