Ben Smith
1931 - 2019
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Ben N. Smith Jr.
January 27, 1931 - April 7, 2019

Ben N. Smith, Jr. son of Ben N. and Nellie (Davenport) Smith, stepped into the presence of God in the predawn hours of April 7.
Ben was born on the family farm just east of Teagarden on Jan. 27, 1931, the fourth of six children.
On Aug. 7, 1948, he married the former Margaret M. Bechtel. Together they raised four children, Linda (Jim) Rozelle of Fort Wayne, Daniel of Knox, Ben N. (Cheryl) of Mishawaka and Mark A of Plymouth, together they also enjoyed nine grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
Ben attended Teagarden elementary and Tyner High School and served on the John Glenn School board and also the Marshall County Soil Water Conservation Board.
A lifelong farmer, he also worked in construction for over 30 years as an Ironworker Local #292 out of South Bend. He also served at his home church, Pine Creek Church of the Brethren as a steward. Ben and Margaret owned and operated Smith Catering for nearly 30 years. Always the practical joker, Ben's sense of humor was enjoyed by all who knew him. Visiting Ben and Margaret on the family farm frequently resulted in being served a meal as the gracious host and hostess would have insisted on nothing less. He will be deeply missed by his family. He is survived by his brother Earl, and a sister Edith, being preceded in death by his parents, his grand-daughter Allison and his loving wife Margaret of 69 years whose needs he faithfully attended to during her struggle with dementia.
The Deaton-Clemens Van Gilder Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements for the Smith family.
A time of visiting with the Smith family will be held on Wednesday, April 10, in the Pine Creek of the Brethren 25075 Stanton Road North Liberty, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A Celebration of Ben's life will be held in the Pine Creek church of the Brethren on Thursday April 11, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jim Gilmer and Pastor Jay Walter officiating with burial in the Morris Cemetery in North Liberty.
The Smith family has requested memorial contributions in honor of Ben be made to the Pine Creek Church of the Brethren, 25075 Stanton Road North Liberty, Ind. 46554
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Published in The Pilot News from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2019.
04:00 - 08:00 PM
Celebration of Life
11:00 AM
Pine Creek church of the Brethren
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April 16, 2019
Smith Family,
I'm so sorry for the recent loss of Ben and Margaret. You were good neighbors while I was growing up on Pine Road. May your many memories bring smiles to our hearts.
Jill Carbiener Savage
New Hampshire
Jill Savage
April 11, 2019
Sorry for your loss
Richard Carpenter
April 10, 2019
A very good man. He loved his family and his work, which always had prideful results. He always met life's difficulties with courage, tenacity, and a great sense of humor. His presence will be missed, and fond memories shine on within us all who knew him.
Roger LaMunion
April 9, 2019
Smith family I so sorry for loss of your Dad. I had great time working with Ben over the years. What a guy glad to have know him and being my friend and Brother Ironworker!
Gerry Bidlack
April 9, 2019
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April 9, 2019
Cindy and Holly Madden
April 9, 2019
Dan and family, we are so sorry to learn about your dad. Our thoughts and condolences are with you during this difficult time.

Cindy and Holly Madden
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