Obituary for Mr. John M. Smith

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Mr. John M. Smith

April 30, 1951 - June 9, 2018

John M. Smith, age 67, passed away all too soon on Saturday morning, June 9, 2018. He was a life-long resident of Morgantown.

John was born April 30, 1951, in Franklin to his parents, the late Herschell M. and Rosemary (Terman) Smith. He was a 1969 graduate of Indian Creek High School.

John enjoyed farming and was employed by Dallas Farms in Morgantown. Prior to that, he worked as a truck driver for Mathena Trucking and drove a school bus for both Brown County and Nineveh-Hensley- Jackson United School Corps. John was known by many as the “Waterman” for his hauling water to homes for many years.

He was a member of the Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Martinsville. He was also a member of the Morgantown Volunteer Fire Department, where he was the treasurer for many years. In 2017, he was selected as the “Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.” Other memberships include the Jackson Township Farm Bureau, Morgan County Farm Bureau, Morgan County Antique Machinery Association, Indiana Trail Riders Association, Indiana Haflingers Association, Trafalgar Young Farmers, Indiana Volunteer Fireman’s Association and was a graduate of the Indiana Auctioneering School.

John loved his family, and was especially fond of his six grandsons who called him “Papaw”. He was a fan of all of their activities, from FFA and sports to school events and 4-wheeler racing. John also enjoyed camping, horses, playing games (especially Euchre), and was a fan of NASCAR. John was a self-appointed “door holder” at many events and enjoyed welcoming people as they arrived. The Morgantown Memorial Parade was very special to John.  He never missed a parade, either driving a tractor in the procession or enjoying the parade entries from the sidelines.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Helen (Zupancic) Smith, whom he married on December 1, 1972, in Martinsville. He is also survived by his children: Clyce Smith, Max (Christie) Smith, and Jennifer Setser, all of Morgantown; siblings: JoEllen (Frank) Rowe of Bloomington and Mark Smith of Morgantown; step siblings: Wilma Jean (Bob) Duliba and Don (Susie) Smith both of New York; grandchildren: Cole Setser, Tyler Weltich, Lee, Gavin, Isaac, and Maverick Smith.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1709 E. Harrison St. in Martinsville. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of John to the Morgantown Volunteer Fire Department, 269 N. Highland Street, Morgantown, IN 46160 or the Knights of Columbus Council #6273, 1709 E. Harrison St. Martinsville, IN 46151.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Smith Family at  Information:  (812) 597-4670



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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church


1709 E. Harrison Street
Martinsville, IN 46151

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Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Time: 12:30 pm

East Hill Cemetery


, Morgantown, ,

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Born: April 30, 1951
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Condolences for Mr. John M. Smith

Diana (Lekse) Pella posted on 6/20/18

Helen and Family I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. May God strengthen all during this time of sadness. My Deepest Sympathy.


Gale Miller Borders posted on 6/13/18

I just realized who this was, I am so sorry for all his family. I am at a loss for words. My deepest sympathy.


Janet Key Vanzant posted on 6/13/18

Helen, I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless and take care.


Bradley Stone posted on 6/13/18

John our our family crossed paths in several ways: Hershel's barn across the street, visits from Mark, and John hauling water for us. John and I would talk while he filled our well. He had a playful, pleasant attitude. He was a good man, from a good family.


Jeff and De Hamilton posted on 6/13/18

We are praying for you all. We are sorry for your loss.


Gary Campbell posted on 6/13/18

Clyce, Max, Jennifer, and Helen. I am so sorry for the passing of John. He was a good man and will be truly missed. He WAS one of Morgantown's finest.


Jim Baker posted on 6/12/18

In memory of John, Jim Baker lit a candle


Bob Kaylor posted on 6/12/18

Helen and Family, you are in my prayers.


JoAnn Fischer posted on 6/11/18

Helen I am so sorry to hear about John passing away. I hope you are able to find comfort and strength knowing so many friends and family care. You have God’s love and mine. JoAnn Fischer.


Sharon and Denny Howat posted on 6/11/18

Helen and family, we are so saddened to hear of your loss. You all are in our prayers. You were such great people to have as neighbors.


Ellen Wilson-Pruitt and the rest of the Wilson family. posted on 6/11/18

We were so sorry to hear of John's passing. It won't be the same at the county fair without seeing John. Deepest sympathies to Helen and the rest of the family on their loss.


Teresa Woods posted on 6/11/18

I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.


Bill Hubbs posted on 6/11/18

Dear Helen, I am so saddened by your loss. I cherish the time you and John spent with me at the visitation, service for my Mom. Prayers for your comfort at this time.


Jane Huggins and Erma Kitch posted on 6/11/18

So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, Helen, and your brother, Mark and Jo Ellen -- and our sympathy to the entire Smith family.


Diana "Cunningham" Drew posted on 6/10/18

I remember John so well. We went to school together and he delivered water to my home. I always loved when he drove up in the big truck it meant I didn't have to pump and carry water in the house. Sending prayers and love to his family.


Lisa Mobley posted on 6/10/18

In memory of John, Lisa Mobley lit a candle


Ivan D. Lancaster posted on 6/10/18

I was shocked and sorry to learn of John's passing this morning. He did great service to many. He was active in the Bethlehem Cem. Association. He was Pres. and did much for the cause. I regret that I will be on the road the day of the visitation. You all have my sympathy. Sincerely, Ivan Lancaster of Trafalgar


Gail Mooney posted on 6/10/18

In memory of John and with sympathy