Reverend Lew "Wayne" Smith
Wayne Smith, 96, died on Jan. 23, 2013, of natural causes at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud, Minn.
Wayne is survived by his four loving daughters, Judy (Dr. Dan) Whitlock with whom he lived, of St. Cloud; Jean Wood, of St. Cloud and San Miguel, Mexico; Kay (Rev James) Fish, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and the Rev. Ann (Bob) Williams, of Lafayette.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Allene Davis Smith who died on Jan. 23, 2012; his brother, the Rev. Ralph Smith; his parents; and hi step mother.
Wayne served as a Presbyterian pastor and a Methodist pastor for 64 years serving churches in Rensselaer, Bedford and Hammond; Hobbs, New Mexico; Flint, East Tawas and Detroit, Mich.; and Bradenton, Fla.
Wayne was born in Terhune Indiana to AD and Melissa Smith. He graduated from High School in Coydon and from the University of Indianapolis in 1938 and received his theological degree from United Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He began preaching when he was 16 years old, serving small Indiana congregations and riding his bike to make house calls and attending Seminary at the same time. In 2012 he celebrated 80 years of ministry.
Wayne was a skilled leader, serving as the first Moderator of the Wabash Valley Presbytery in Indiana, District Governor of Indiana Rotary District 6540, and as an officer of Indiana Planned Parenthood. He was respected in the church and in the community. He was also a skilled gardener, making sure that even in the coldest climate, he had flowers or foliage growing 12 months a year. He enjoyed good books, intellectual discussion and stories around the campfire.
He and Allene shared a special love of family and God. A special joy was their nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Wayne and Allene enjoyed traveling. They took trips to Scotland and England, and Wayne traveled through the USSR on a study trip.
The family had a private Memorial Service in St. Cloud and then will have a public Memorial Service at a later date in Indiana.