Lawrence D. Smith

October 11, 1946December 5, 2018
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Lawrence D. “Smitty” Smith, 72 of Huntington passed away at 2:11 am on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at his residence. Larry was a 1964 graduate of Milan High School in Milan, Michigan and was a 1968 graduate of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, earning his bachelor’s degree in marketing. He worked for 39 years in pharmaceutical sales at the Pfizer Company, retiring in 2008. Larry had played semi-pro hockey in Indianapolis for two years. He loved fly fishing and tying flies. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Delta Sigma Phi, social fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, professional business fraternity-NMU charter member, American Marketing Association, Sons of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Loyal Order of the Moose, Huntington County Ducks Unlimited where he was the first area chairman, National Wild Turkey Federation, Trout Unlimited, Three Rivers Fly Fishers, Federation of Fly Fisherman and was a life member of the National Rifle Association.

He was born on October 11, 1946 in Auburn, New York, the son of John and Marie (Skelton) Smith.

He was united in marriage to Jeanne Yurnikl on January 27, 1968 in Blissfield, Michigan. His wife survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter: Amy Wheeler of Angola; a son: Matthew Smith of Traverse City, MI; a sister: Joy Holley of Saline, MI; his mother: Marie Pilbeam of Saline, MI and three grandchildren: Matthew Wheeler, Maria Wheeler and Elizabeth Wheeler.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm with recitation of the rosary at 7:00 pm at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Indiana.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11:00 am with one hour of visitation prior to the service at the St. Mary Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson Street, Huntington with Father Stephen Colchin officiating.

Interment will be at a later date at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made out to Cancer Services of Huntington County in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.


  • Jeanne Smith, Wife
  • Amy Wheeler, Daughter
  • Matthew Smith, Son
  • Marie Pilbeam, Mother
  • Joy Holley, Sister
  • John Smith, Father
  • Matthew Wheeler, Grandson
  • Maria Wheeler, Granddaughter
  • Elizabeth Wheeler, Granddaughter

  • Cancer Services of Huntington County


  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Marc Dedenbach

December 7, 2018

I first met “Smitty” 50 years ago when I pledged Delta Sigma Phi. What a class act. I’ve never forgotten his kindness. Heaven is a better place today.

Liz (Faust) Mooradian

December 7, 2018

Smitty was such a great friend in high school. With his good humor and huge smile, everyone liked Smitty. Seeing him marry his beloved Jeanne and at high school reunions, it was obvious how much he adored her. I know she and their kids and grandkids will miss him deeply. He may have been short in stature, but he had a big presence and a huge heart. Godspeed old friend.

Christopher Wheeler

December 6, 2018

Larry was very successful in his professional career as a lifelong pharmaceutical sales representative. This career bled into his personal life. He carefully measured out his life in doses. He didn’t drink a glass of milk, he had a “dose” of milk. Larry also loved to garden and was quite successful at it. Although red tomatoes made his teeth itch, he truly did grow some of the sweetest tomatoes. And he was the AAU indoor and outdoor champion of just about anything he was challenged to take up; a game of pool, dirty thirteens, you name it. But most of all, what I think of when I think about Larry, is how much of a family man he was. He loved his wife and always referred to her as his beautiful bride. He loved his children and showed them the kind of love and support that enabled them to grow up strong minded and determined to succeed. He loved his grandchildren and always had time for them, his little pea-pickers. He was one of the purest examples of a family man that I have ever been honored to know.

Larry was also an avid sportsman. He loved to hunt and fish. I was lucky to share a few fishing excursions with Larry, and was happy to spend evenings on his pond seeking the wily small mouth bass with a popper at the edge of the cattails. It seemed to me that Larry was happiest in the fields and streams hunting and fishing. In these last few years, I can imagine Larry grew tired of not being able to hunt and fish any longer. And so I trust that he is already standing in a slow moving current at the bend of a river as the sun softly sets; beautifully casting out his line in long arcs, watching the fly land deftly above a swirl, and waiting for a trout to strike.

With love and memories,

Chris Wheeler

Jayne King

December 6, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Smitty for about 3 years when I started my first pharmaceutical sales job with Lederle in Ft Wayne. I learned real quick that Smitty was a 2 martini flier. He was not a fan of being in the air. I have wonderful memories and can still hear his laugh and see his ever present smile. RIP Smitty. Prayers for all his family and friends.

Larry Casterline

December 6, 2018

My best childhood friend. Boy did we get into things. Larry probably wouldn't want me telling about the food fight we got into in his kitchen and mustard ending up every way. We were in so much trouble for that one. I remember the pole vault pit we made across the street with sawdust from the local lumber yard and bamboo sticks from the carpet store. We had some good times. I will miss him. Karen and I are praying for Jeanne and the family. See you in heaven Smitty.

Don Hartman

December 6, 2018

So sad to hear the news about Larry's passing. Just a great guy, loved by all. He loved the out of doors, he loved his family and he certainly lived a full life, but not long enough. He will be missed and there will be many stories passed along about "Smitty" and his adventures. A special guy. Hugs to all.