Hershel D. Smith Sr.

January 24, 1932October 25, 2018
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Hershel D. Smith, Sr., 86, of 2660 E 700 N, Fremont, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct 25, 2018. He died at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 24, 1932 in Scott Township, son of the late Orville and Reva Leland Smith of Fremont. Hershel is survived by his wife Carolyn Neutz Smith whom he married on Nov 17th, 1951; he is also survived by a daughter Cathy (Tim) Rothrock of Nashville, Indiana; a son, Carl (Chris) Smith of Weed, California; a daughter Crystal (John) Jones of Clare, Michigan; a daughter Cheryl (Max) Delacruz of Pleasant Lake, Indiana; and a son, Chip (Hershel Smith Jr) and wife Josie of Quincy Michigan. Hershel Sr. had 9 grandchildren: Pamela (Tony) Ringler; Christopher (Pam Voelske) Book; Jason (Jennifer) Book; Jeffrey Book; Gina Smith, (Kalin) Jenkins; Jenny (Mick) Leggitt; Brian Oliver; Colleen Fair; and Hunter Smith. He had 5 great grandchildren: Cole Book, Maya Oliver, Laine Jenkins, Maddison Oliver, Maleeha Oliver. And many step grandchildren and great grandchildren. Hershel has one living sister, Ina Mae Stroh, of Ocala, Florida and many nieces and nephews. Hershel Smith Sr. was preceeded in death by 5 brothers: Emmett, Don, Clifton (Kim), Robert and Arthur; one sister, Bertha Laughlin, and one great grandson, Collin Book; Hershel worked as an alignment specialist for Newnam’s Tire Service, and for Smith Enterprise, both of Angola; prior to that he owned Tri-State Texaco in Jamestown township. He volunteered much of his time to Fremont Community Church and food pantry. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm Saturday November 3, 2018 at the Fremont Community Church, 601 North Coldwater Street, Fremont, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, prefer memorials be made to Fremont Community Church.


  • Fremont Community Church


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 3, 2018

Hershel D. Smith Sr.

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Rob & Anne Mounts

October 29, 2018

Carolyn, Chip and families, we were so sorry to hear of Herschel ‘s passing. You’re in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and in the days to come. May you find comfort in your many memories. Sadly, another Fremont icon has passed. May he rest in eternal peace.

Brenda Sommers

October 28, 2018

My sympathy to the entire family-- Carolyn, Cathy, Carl, Chris, Cheri and Chip, plus grandchildren and great grandchildren--on the loss of such a wonderful patriarch. Hugs and prayers for strength and comfort, knowing he's standing in the presence of God at this moment.

Margie and Frank Bradley

October 27, 2018

My dearest Friend, Carolyn and Family, Hershey(our pet name for him) was a wonderful person, always had a smile AND a lot of muscles. Never saw him not be able to lift whatever he tried to lift!! Will miss him so very much. Even when he got worse, I like to think he always knew us. He still smiled and spoke as he always did. God must have needed his smile and personality to help him out up there. Prayers are with you Carolyn. Love you very much. Margie and Frank P.S. You need anything I can provide just call!!!

Gayle Asher

October 27, 2018

Jason and Family so sorry. Your grandpa was a truly wonderful man, and he will be greatly missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him. May God give your grandpa peace and eternal rest, and may those he has left behind have the grace and courage to go on in life without him. He will be forever missed and forever loved, and he will now be our guiding light from above. May my condolences bring you the comfort that you seek, and may my prayers soften the blow of your loss.

LouAnn Turner (Worthington)

October 27, 2018

We were neighbors in Fremont & went to school with Cathy & Curly. Many good times playing in yards. Sorry for your lost.

Jackie Foster-Godfrey

October 27, 2018

Carolyn, Cathy, Carl and family;
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this most difficult time. May you find comfort in the grace and peace of our Lord.
With deepest sympathy,
Jackie Foster Godfrey

Pastor Clint & Lori Zehr

October 26, 2018

Carolyn, Blessings of grace & peace to you and your family.