Larry W. Smith

Mishawaka, Indiana

1949 - 2019


Mishawaka, Indiana


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Larry W. Smith

Oct. 15, 1949 - Oct. 1, 2019

MISHAWAKA, IN - Larry Smith of Mishawaka passed away unexpectedly and peacefully Tuesday, October 1. Larry was born in Middlesboro, KY to the late Clayton Smith and Gracie (Hatfield) Smith and attended high school at Bloomington High. After graduating from Abilene Christian College, he began work in the RV industry, eventually serving 35 years at Atwood Mobile in Elkhart. He is survived by his “lovely bride” of 45 years, Susanne (Tschetter) Smith; his children, Emily (Ryan) Hemker and Ian (Molly) Smith; and grandchildren, Ruah, Atira, Elyanah, Nissa, Connor, and Evelyn. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Barbara (Smith) Emhuff. The many who knew him know that Larry lived to love his God whole-heartedly and love his “neighbors” generously: with his family, his church, at the rugby pitch, he knew no strangers. And, filled with the love of Christ himself, Larry gave Christ's love freely. Viewing Sunday at River Valley Community Church 3 to 6pm; viewing Monday 9am with service at 10 followed by private gravesite service, then public lunch at River Valley. More information:

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photo of Larry during ACC college rodeo (1970) with Frank Tiner and Buddy Shanks. Larry tried to tackle a calf and the calf won. What a guy!

Larry was a dear friend. Myself and several of his ACC classmates lost contact with Larry over the years, but he was never forgotten and his friendship and memories have remained with us after all these years. One of his ACC classmates forwarded his obit and we were saddened by the news but thankful and grateful that we shared his friendship and college yrs together. He was a heck of a fellow, great fullback and blocker and just a fun guy to have had as a friend. Rest in Peace and thanks...

Larry was a true Christian with a big smile and an even bigger heart. I appreciated his devotion to God and to his brothers and sisters in his church and his service to anyone who he found in need.

I was honored to have worked with Larry at Atwood for a few years, he was an amazing man, always smiling and willing to help anyone . We often talked about sports and he always talked about his wonderful family. It was very obvious how much he loved them all and was so proud of them. Heaven gained an incredible Angel...RIP Larry, you will be missed.

Larry touched so many young men's lives through his involvement with Penn Rugby, including both of my sons who loved him and will miss him dearly... as will I. If Bart is the soul of Penn Rugby, Larry was the heart.
RIP to a wonderful human being. T.Cole

There are two types of people... those who were friends and loved ones of Larry and those who never had the chance to meet him. Within minutes of being on the receiving end of a firm handshake or hug from him, he became endeared to you. He as the embodiment of a Christian man who never missed an opportunity to express true love and compassion. For all of us who were blessed to know and spend time with him, we carry with us the affects of his influence. He would be pleased to know that...