Paul E Smith

December 8, 1923November 18, 2013

Paul Edward Smith, age 89, of Bainbridge, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013.

Born December 8, 1923 in Brownsburg, IN, he was the son of Frank R. and Thelma T. (Harris) Smith and was a graduate of Bainbridge High School. He was a graduate of Purdue University “Class of 1950”; having attended on the GI Bill and later received his Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee in animal husbandry. He married Phyllis (Smelser) Smith and she survives. Paul was a United States Army Air Corp Veteran having flown the P47 Thunderbolt Fighter, a second Lieutenant with the 36th Fighter Group during WWII, flying his first mission on D-Day. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, for heroism while participating in aerial flight in the European Theater on September 1, 1944, and a Purple Heart. Paul was shot down and a German Prisoner of War, missing in action for four months, his family not knowing his status for months.

Paul returned to Putnam County, where he farmed for over 30 years. He also managed the Heritage Lake Property Owners Assn. for nine years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In the mid 1990’s, he founded Aquatic Weed Control, treating lakes throughout Central Indiana for several years. He and Phyllis also owned the Bainbridge Coin-OP Laundry for over 30 years.

He was a member of the Masonic Temple Lodge #47, F&AM; life member of the Scottish Rite; AASR; Northern Masonic Jurisdiction; Lions Club of Bainbridge; American Legion Post # 58;Eastern Star Post 440; Bainbridge Christian Church for 60 years, having served as an Elder; and the Bainbridge United Methodist Church for the past ten years.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; sons, Brian (Cherie) Smith and Trent (Lara) Smith, daughters, Carolyn Webber and Deborah (Leonard Voigt) Provisor; eight grandchildren, Kendra Crouch, Lisa McSpadden, Laura Provisor, Amy Webb, Josh Provisor, Matthew Provisor, Olivia Smith, Kaden Smith; several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Smith.

Paul was a dedicated, kind, and loving husband, father, grandfather, who treated all people with respect and dignity. His warm smile and friendly nature welcomed all who met him

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Pastor Randell Boys officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at the Brick Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 21st at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory to the Humane Society of Putnam County c/o the Putnam County Foundation 2 N. Jackson St. Greencastle, IN. 46135.


  • Funeral Service Friday, November 22, 2013

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Lori Query

November 22, 2013

I only knew Paul for 6 months but in meeting him, I knew he was a man of character. He was always kind and polite. My heart and prayers go out to his wife Phyllis and his family in this time of sorrow.

Pastor & Tami Ayento

November 22, 2013

Dear Brian, Just meeting and getting to know you gives some insight on what a wonderful man your Dad must have been. We're sorry we didn't get the chance to get to know your father, but the character he lived out will continue to be known through you as you live out all the good that he instilled in you. We love & appreciate you & Cherie and are praying peace for your family right now.

Csrolyn Lowrey

November 22, 2013

For Mrs. Snith, Carolyn and all the Smith family, I never got the chance to meet him in person and feel the poorer for it. You are in my thoughts today.

Anne & Courtney Vanderlaan & Voiles

November 21, 2013

Dear Brian, Lisa and Kendra,
Your father and grandfather was " One of a Kind". He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him in the community. Paul was the type of man who was always there to help those less fortunate, or to give kind word when someone needed it most, he lived a full life. His legacy will carry on through his wife, children and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. For those of us who were fortunate enough to know him, we have been truly blessed. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless All of You.
Anne Vanderlaan (Heritage Lake)
Courtney Voiles ( Cincinnati, Ohio)

Lisa McSpadden

November 21, 2013

All my love to this beautiful family. Grandpa, you will be forever missed. Thank you for being such a great man.

Ben Weidberg

November 21, 2013

We are very sorry for your loss. We hope you will find comfort in the many memories that your grandfather left behind.
Your friends at Altex

Lynn Spielman

November 21, 2013

To Carolyn and Family, Although I never met your wonderful father, I feel as if I have. I am so grateful you had time with him and the family recently and that you are together now. I hope that your memories, as well as your support of one another will help you through this difficult loss. I will hold in in my thought and prayers.

November 21, 2013

Dear Carolyn and family, I am so sorry for your loss. We hold you all in our thoughts and prayers. We are so happy that you have many happy memories to carry you through this time. Take care. Terry and Gary Dyck, Frankston, TX

Floyd Anderson

November 20, 2013

Brian and Cherie, So sorry to hear of your loss. All of Bainbridge will feel your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers

Fred Brennan

November 20, 2013

Hi Mrs. Smith and family, My name is Fred Brennan. In the late 1950's I had bought a few head of Reg. Polled Hereford calves from you very kind folks for 4-H in Hendricks county. I do still remember Paul comming and watching me show his/my cattle. As life goes on I do not have any cattle at all now. My wife and I raise pigs and on up to butcher hogs, ducks and about 45 chickens. After high school I took an 8 weeks short course in Animal Sceince at Purdue. Paul was a very wonderful person. The world lost a very kind person in Paul E. Smith. Thank you, Fred Brennan Coatesville