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Myers Funeral Home

2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN

OBITUARY

Howard L. Smith

November 29, 1929March 18, 2020

Howard L. Smith, 90 of Huntington passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Heritage Pointe of Huntington. Howard was a 1948 graduate of Huntington High School. He had attended Huntington College. Howard served his country in the United States Marine Corp. His career as a State Trooper began on December 16, 1953 and spanned over 30 years. He was District Commander in Area II in Allen County, District 22.He loved traveling, camping, photography and gardening as well as going to garage sales, bargain hunting and he also enjoyed cats. Howard was the family “Cream Puff” chef. He loved his family, he and Geri were inseparable. He continued to keep up with friends and family.

Howard was born on November 29, 1929 in Petoskey, Michigan, the son of Andrew and Era Pearl (Harrington) Smith.

He was united in marriage to Phyllis “Geri” Saufley on October 11, 1953 in Marion, Indiana. Geri preceded him in death on September 28, 1996.

Survivors include a daughter: Patti Smith of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Helen N. Smith and Lavie F. Giddens.

Visitation was held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street in Huntington from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm with funeral service to follow at 3:00 pm with Rev. Brooks L. Fetters officiating.

Interment was at the Gardens of Memory Cemetery

Memorial donations can be made out to Visiting Nurse and Hospice or Huntington County Humane Society in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.

  • FAMILY

  • Patti Smith, Daughter
  • Phyllis "Geri" (Saufley) Smith, Wife (Deceased)
  • Andrew Smith, Father (deceased)
  • Era Pearl (Harrington) Smith, Mother (deceased)
  • Helen Smith, Sister (deceased)
  • Lavie Giddens, Sister (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • Visiting Nurse and Hospice
  • Huntington County Humane Society

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 21, 2020

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Howard L. Smith

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Jeff Simmons

March 29, 2020

Just read about the passing of Howard Smith...Lt. Smith was the first Lieutenant I served under when I went to Ft.Wayne Post 22 in 1978. He always treated me with respect, and I pray I returned the same. He would always inspect my mustache to make sure it was within department regulations. Kept me on my toes....Patty please accept my sympathy and I pray for your peace of mind during this time..... Respectfully Jeff Simmons Retired..

betty smith

March 25, 2020

I just found out that Howard died. I was so sorry to hear about him. I met him at Burger King when me and my husband Vic Smith hung out a lot.. Howard and Bill Shaneyfelt did also. They were the best of friends. Howard , Bill and vic grew up together as kids. Condolences to his daughter and all his family and friends. He will be missed.

Betty Smith

Bill Oswalt

March 24, 2020

Howard was a interesting person. We knew him mostly by Carmen working with him at the court house. He told many stories and enjoyed being around people. RIP Howard.

Linda Pankop

March 24, 2020

I worked with Lieutenant Smith in the Area II office within Fort Wayne Post as the Area Secretary. He was the Special Enforcement Coordinator for Area II. Howard had a special way to make you laugh. He was still writing speeding tickets when I left in 1984. I was usually the first one in the office, but I remember one morning when Howard was ahead of me on US 24. I came upon a very long line of traffic following him because he would not allow anyone to go over the 55mph speed limit. I chuckled that morning and again as I write this. My sympathy to you, Patti, and I have enjoyed reconnecting with you. God bless you!

Linda Knepper Pankop

Marcy Wheeler

March 24, 2020

Howard was always cheerful and upbeat. He always asked how I was doing...a very kind soul indeed. I will miss you.

Dallard Tackett

March 23, 2020

Patti,
I sure enjoyed visiting and talking to your dad these past few months. He would call me if KY. was playing basketball just to ask me if I was watching. I think he turned into a UK fan. He was one of my favorites. Sorry I missed his service I was not aware of it.
Patti,
I also enjoyed seeing your dad. Sending raspberry filled Archway cookies. Sorry for your loss.
Hope

Alexander Perisho

March 23, 2020

It saddens me deeply to hear Howard has passed. I knew him from my time working at Burger King in Huntington for almost three years. He was such a nice man, he would come in, get a sandwich, and visit with employees, customers, or anyone really. It didn't matter how my night was going it was always pleasure to see Howard. He is still my favorite customer from my time there even four years later.

My thoughts are with his family. You will be missed Howard.

I'll end this with a famous Howard line "I'm the nicest person you'll meet today, I just have one problem........ I lie". The important part that he never mentioned is he never lied to me.

Ralph Selking

March 22, 2020

Patti
Lieutenant Smith was a Sergeant when I came to Ft. Wayne Post 22. I served under Howard when he was 1's Sgt and then as a Lieutenant, Commander of District 22. It was an honor to serve with him. As many have said he was a straight shooter you always knew where you stood with Howard Smith. We will miss his creme puffs that he always brought to our carry in dinners. One thing Howard did not like was sticky notes, he always said of you want to leave me a note do it on a full sheet of paper. One of his favorite sayings was Ralph you’ve never had it so good. The Lord be with you Patti and family as Howard takes his place in the Great District in the sky. Ralph Selking, ISP retired Sgt.

Bill Shaneyfelt

March 22, 2020

"Smitty" and my father were life-long friends from their youth days in Huntington. My favorite Smitty story involves my mother. She was always very conscious about our family's reputation, wanting the community to think well of us. I'm sure Smitty knew this. One day when we were loaded in the family station wagon, Smitty pulled Dad over, flashing lights and all. When Smitty got out of his marked state police car, he left the lights flashing. Of course, Dad did not commit any traffic offense. Smitty just wanted to chat with Dad and teasing Mom was a bonus. Mom said to Smitty, "Go back & turn the lights off!" Eventually Smitty said, " Eleanor, what's the problem?" Mom answered , "Someone we know will see us!" Smitty soon relented & the lights were turned off.

We express our deepest sympathies to Patti and all Howard's family and friends.
Bill and Linda Shaneyfelt

LUKE NATHALANG

March 22, 2020

Patti, Your Dad was my first post commander when I came on ISP in 1984 and from the first time I met him, he was honest, fair and a straight forward leader. Howard was a man of his word and he took me under his wing. I can remember when he let me take his car to go out and get some lunch when we had to sleep at the post. Your mom was always cheerful and supportive of him, they made a great couple and example to me. My father in-law, Herman Armstrong was a reserve deputy sheriff and spoke so highly of your dad and really enjoyed talking to him. Lieutenant Smith was a very special influence in my life and I will always remember his bright smile and friendship and creme puffs.

FROM THE FAMILY