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Myers Funeral Home

2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN

OBITUARY

Keith D. "Alex" Smart

April 13, 1929July 14, 2019

Keith Duane “Alex” Smart, 90 of Huntington passed away at 1:34 am on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home. Keith was a 1947 graduate of Lancaster Township High School. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntington, Knights of Columbus, VFW Post 2689, American Legion Post 7, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 837 and International Union of Operating Engineers. He was an avid bowler who passed on his love of bowling to his kids and grandkids, and was inducted into the Knights of Columbus International Bowling Hall of Fame in March of 2019. He spent most of his work experience as an operating engineer for LI Griffin and Sons and G & L Corporation. He was the oldest living member of IUOE Local 103 of Fort Wayne.

Keith was a United States Marine, 1st Marine Division, 5th Marine Regiment from 1950-1952 and fought on the front lines in Korea and received a Purple Heart and Korean One Star. He was excited and humbled to be able to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC, and he considered it to be one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.

Keith was born on April 13, 1929 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, the son of Bart A. and Olive (Roach) Smart.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Bickel on March 3, 1951 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntington. She preceded him in death on July 30, 1997.

Survivors include six sons: Mike and Cheryl Smart of Columbia City; Dave and Lisa Smart of Huntington; Tom and Trina Smart of Huntington; Nick Smart of Huntington; Greg and Carol Smart of Huntington; Charles and Tina Smart of Stevens Pointe, WI; five daughters: Jean Williams of Columbia City; Kathy Bair of Huntington; Raine and Steve Edington of Huntington; Theresa and Mark Bailey of Huntington; Angie and Ed Tackett of Huntington; two brothers: Leroy and Nancy Smart of Roanoke; B. Allen and Jessie Smart of Huntington; a sister: Mable Weller of Ohio; 32 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Marilyn Marzano and Mary Reust.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 2:00pm- 4:00pm and 5:00pm – 8:00pm with Recitation of the Rosary at 5:00pm at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Indiana.

Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11:00am with one hour of visitation prior to the service at the St. Mary Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson Street, Huntington with Father Tony Steinacker officiating.

Interment will be at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made out to Right to Life, Smile Train or Masses all in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.

  • FAMILY

  • Mike (and wife Cheryl) Smart, Son
  • Dave (and wife Lisa) Smart, Son
  • Tom (and wife Trina) Smart, Son
  • Nick Smart, Son
  • Greg (and wife Carol) Smart, Son
  • Charles (and wife Tina) Smart, Son
  • Jean Williams, Daughter
  • Kathy Bair, Daughter
  • Raine (and husband Steve) Edington, Daughter
  • Theresa (and husband Mark) Bailey, Daughter
  • Angie (and husband Ed) Tackett, Daughter
  • Leroy (and wife Nancy) Smart, Brother
  • B. Allen (and wife Jessie) Smart, Brother
  • Mable Weller, Sister
  • Bart A. Smart (deceased), Father (deceased)
  • Olive Smart (deceased), Mother (deceased)
  • Barbara Smart (deceased), Wife (deceased)
  • Marilyn Marzano (deceased), Sister (deceased)
  • Mary Reust (deceased), Sister (deceased)
  • 32 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Michael Smart
  • David Smart
  • Thomas Smart
  • Nicholas Smart
  • Gregory Smart
  • Charles Smart
  • Jerod Williams
  • Chuck Bair

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 17, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, July 18, 2019

Memories

Keith D. "Alex" Smart

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Gary Rowe

July 27, 2019

I met Alex while bowling up at oak lanes. I will miss his infectious smile and the many conversations he and I had RIP ole friend. Your friend Gary Rowe

Janet (Zahm) Gordon

July 20, 2019

Kathy, Raine and all of the Smart family. Deepest sympathy and prayers on the loss of your Dad. He was a wonderful man.

Harold & Danielle Bickel-Albertson

July 18, 2019

We are sorry that our family was unable to celebrate his life and sending him home services. We are in Virginia sending our love and prayers to our beloved family! We hold dear the cherished memories. I am glad he was able to celebrate with us at Justin’s graduation party, always greeting with a warm hug and smile from ear to ear!
Much love and prayers.
Harold, Danielle (daughter of Dan & Myra Bickel), Andrew and Justin Albertson

Connie & Jack Kindler

July 18, 2019

Sincere Sympathy to the Smart family. Alex was one of a kind. Went to lots of bowling trips with him. One of the most fun times was when we went to Tin Cup Pass. What fun we had. Lots of jokes and always a smile Visited with him not long ago at hotdog day. Such a fun may. we will always remember Alex with a smile.

Jack and Connie Kindler

Kathy Bair

July 16, 2019

Deanne Bushee

July 16, 2019

So sorry to hear of Alex's passing, Prayers to his family. He bowled with my Dad - Robert Boyer and my husband Mike Bushee for many years on the K of C bowling teams back in the 1980's and 90's, spent many weekends with him and his wife Barb at the state and national tourneyments and also had many fun times with them and others when we would go on our annual trips to Nashville TN and the Grand Ole Opry.
Deanne and Mike Bushee

Terry Scher

July 15, 2019

To Alex's family and friends our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Always a good time talking to Alex!
Terry and Sue

Larry Petrie

July 15, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed talking with Alex and bowling with him. I only regret I only saw him once in the hospital. He loved talking bowling that day and told me he was in the hall of fame I believe for the Knights of Columbus. I will greatly miss talking and bowling with him.

MICHELLE BARD-DARLEY

July 15, 2019

I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF MR. SMART. MY FAMILY (WESS AND MARCIA BARD) LIVED A FEW HOUSES FROM THE SMART’S HOME. WE HAD SO MANY MEMORIES OF THE SMART AND BARD KIDS PLAYING UNTIL THE STREET LIGHTS CAME ON.

Joy Conley

July 15, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Always hard losing a loved one. Thinking of your family.

Don & Joy Heyde Conley

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Los Amigo 90th birthday

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With Jessica

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Isn’t he handsome!

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Bowling Hall of Fame

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Crab fight!

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With Auggie

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Dad, Dana, Emma

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