John Silversmith
1948 - 2016
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John Wilson Silversmith

Great Falls —On November 2, 2016, we lost our beloved father, poppa, brother, uncle and friend, John Silversmith.

He was born to Eunice Speer and Art Silversmith on April 16, 1948 and was raised by Eunice and Don Ameline.

John joined the Army at the age of 18 and served proudly during the Vietnam Conflict with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company 52nd Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade until his helicopter was hit by a B-40 rocket in September 1968 where John sustained injuries. After his honorable discharge with a Purple Heart and other commendations, John returned home to Great Falls, MT where he married Evelyn McGillis and had three sons, Brian, Ted, and Marc in addition to raising Evelyn's older son and daughter, Callen and Althea.

John later remarried and had a daughter, Eunice Silversmith. John was a gun enthusiast and a member of The Montana Plainsmen Black Powder Shooting Club.

John is survived by his children and grandchildren, Brian and Brandy (Jordan, Mercedes and Rowan), Marc and Gina, Ted and Jolene (Trenton, Carissa, Cody, and Kyle); Callen and Tifany (Nikki, Taylor, and Sahara), Althea (Anna, Tonee Jo, Hank, and Althea), and Eunice. John is also survived by his siblings, Greg Silversmith, Ron (Jodi) Ameline, Marvin Ameline, Lisa (Larry) Hill, Scotty (Rhonda) Ameline; and John's beloved nieces and nephews; and many special family members and friends.

John was preceded in death by his mother and father, Eunice and Don Ameline and birth father, Art Silversmith; sister Charlotte; grandson baby Brian; niece Savannah and nephew Louie.

A visitation will be held on Monday, November 7, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Schnider Funeral Home, 1510 13th St. S. A funeral service with full military honors will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at O'Connor Memorial Chapel, 2425 8th Ave N. A reception will follow at the VFW, 4123 10th Ave S.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 6, 2016.
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March 24, 2021
i miss you dad!
Eunice Silversmith
November 12, 2019
i miss you dad and i will never stop i have learned to control how to deal with it in life but i'm 12 now and i still miss you lots uncle has treated me well and he is really funny idk how this all happened so fast it was weird for me to notce that you were gone and i thought it was gonna be a thing were u wen to the hospital and came back when i herd the news my heart broke bu then i lived with mom mom is in the nursing home now but she might get out rest in peace daddy and i will miss u lots ~daddy's little monster
Eunice silversmith
June 16, 2017
Eunice silveesmith
November 11, 2016
Hey big guy. I am heading over to the VFW for supper. I wish you could have been here for this day in honor of hero's like you. I think God has your six now. I will visit your resting place soon.
john silversmith
November 10, 2016
My deepest sympathy at the passing of a man I remember as a nice guy.
Bruce Hall
November 10, 2016
maki pat
November 9, 2016
Greg and Marvin I am so sorry for your lost my prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family's.
Karla Merenz
November 8, 2016
Poppa John was a good man. Not only as a man, but a brother, father, and grandfather. I'm glad I was able to call him Poppa. For 25 years you and I have created memories that I will never forget and you have given me knowledge that was given to me that I hope to pass onto future generations. May your adventures never end and I hope you're raising hell in heaven Poppa. R.I.P. ~Love Jordan
Jordan Bradford
November 8, 2016
John's children, Brian, Ted, Marc, Callen, Althea & Eunice, would appreciate photos & memories sent to Any memories you're willing to share will be treasured.
Brandy Bradford
November 7, 2016
Condolences to all of the family of Johnny. He was a sweet man. He came to visit and stayed with the Speer family in Toppenish Wa. He was the best man at my wedding to his cousin Dewayne. I always enjoyed getting to see him.
Diane Jones
November 6, 2016
Marvin Ameline
November 6, 2016
Sorry for your lost. May God be with your families at this sad time.
Kathy Sutherland
November 6, 2016
Gone way too soon. Miss you brother. Love to the family.
November 6, 2016
Mravin, Greg, I am sorry to read about the loss of your brother. My deepest condolences to Carol and their family. Rhetta
November 6, 2016
sure miss you brother
Marvin Ameline
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