Thomas Avery Smith

August 21, 1935January 7, 2019

Thomas Avery Smith, 83, passed away on January 7, 2019, at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Thomas was born in Washington, Indiana on August 21, 1935, the son of Avery and Helen (Strange) Smith, and was a graduate of St. John High School in Loogootee.

Mr. Smith served proudly in as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne of the United States Army. He was a graduate of Vincennes University, and received his FAA A and P License from Northrup Institute of Technology. Tom worked as an Aircraft Mechanic for U.S. Airways for 35 years. He was also a Certified FAA Inspector. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church of Greencastle. Tom was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, and had a great love of building things for his family.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Nancy Smith; five children, Dirk Smith, (Diane), Mooresville, Lisa Ray, (Chris) Plainfield, Susan Wesley, (Shane), Silex, Missouri, Alison Bauer, (Joe), Pittsboro, and Lora Deaton, (Mark), Poland; a brother Howard Smith, (Barbara), Clarksville; A sister, Elaine Carrico, Loogootee; eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Donnie Nolan; a sister-in-law, Judy Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Maryann Nolan, and a brother, Raymond Smith.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. on January 17, 2019, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Greencastle with Father John Hollowell officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may gather at the church at 10:00 a.m.; a rosary will take place at 10:30 a.m. prior to time of service.

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Ron Patterson

January 17, 2019

Rest easy brother Paratrooper. Airborne All The Way!

Bill and Betty Loveless

January 14, 2019

Nancy and family , We are very sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy to work with, and a lot of fun to fish with. You have our sincere condolence.

Howard & Helene Smith

January 13, 2019

I remember my father, Uncle Tommy, Dirk & I going fishing on a lake I think close to Paoli. We went on Uncle Tommy's boat. Spent the previous night at my Grandma's house. We had a great day. I also remember visiting Uncle Tommy and Aunt Nancy one time, not sure of my age, but Uncle Tommy raised beagles, mainly for field trials. I can't recall seeing so many dogs in one space. More serious times, next to the last time I saw him; my sister Kathy, my father, Uncle Tommy and I believe Lisa traveled to Jasper Hospital to visit our Grandma and their mother. I resisted to see her. I wanted to remember her as in earlier times. Uncle Tommy help convince me to see her. What I want to say, that to me, he stood out. He carried himself in a distinguished way. He was a very good man who will be deeply missed. May Christ's peace be upon you all. HIS LOVE will lift the sorrow from your heart. God Bless.

helen ann

January 11, 2019

I remember a car trip from CenterLineMI to Loogootee for your wedding! My husband Chuck and brother John and his wife Ilene and I enjoyed the fabulous hospitality and fun. good times remembered. Sad times now.
Love and prayersfor you Nancy and family.