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 www.meredith-clark.com.
www.meredith-clark.com. Information: (812) 597-4670
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Meredith - Clark Funeral Home
Address:179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 12:30 pm
East Hill Cemetery
Address:, Morgantown, ,