Duane Frederick Smith, 89, of Indianapolis, formerly of Martinsville, died May 2, 2013, in Millers Merry Manor. He was born Aug. 17, 1923, in St. Anthony, Idaho, to the late Joseph and Margaret (Stimpson) Smith.
Duane grew up with 12 siblings. He was drafted to war just before finishing high school. Duane proudly served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps during World War II
and the Korean War
. He was a lifetime member of the VFW
and American Legion, and United Auto Workers. Duane worked for 42 years for General Motors
, retiring March 1, 1993. His hobbies included wood working, trains, and gardening.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy J. (Smith) Smith, to whom he was united in marriage on Feb. 12, 1949; and first born son, Michael Duane Smith in 1950.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord..
1 Thessalonians 4;14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in JESUS will God bring with him…
Survivors include his sons, Michael D. Smith (Joyce) of Martinsville and Jeffrey Allen Smith (Patty) of Indianapolis; daughters, Roberta Woodall of Indianapolis, Melody Ziehl (Brian) of Martinsville, and Cindy Arnett of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren; 39 great- grandchildren; and many siblings residing out West.
A memorial service with military honors was held at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in the Carlisle - Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, Mooresville, with calling there from 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mooresville VFW Post 1111, 411 S. Indiana Street, Mooresville. Visit www.carlislebranson.com
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