John H. Smith

March 23, 1940January 9, 2019

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, John H. Smith, loving husband and father of two, passed away at the age of 78.

John was born on March 23, 1940 in Lebanon PA, to Monroe and Ruby (Marks) Smith. He married Joyce Marie Lesher in 1957, and together they raised two sons, Rick and Steven. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Ann (Wick) Smith.

John was employed by Quaker Alloy for 41 years, from which he retired, and later worked at the Quality Inn, Lebanon, as a maintenance specialist.

From 1965 through 1973, John was well known as “Captain Johnny Smith”, a successful and skilled stock car driver at several raceways in the area. During his racing career, he amassed many race wins and a few track championships at Silver Springs Speedway in Mechanicsburg in 1967 and 1970, and Susquehanna speedway in 1970, (nka BAPS speedway) in York Haven PA. He also raced at Fredericksburg, Port Royal and Williams Grove Speedways during this time. He drove the black and white #49 Oldsmobile hobby stock car, and had several of his brothers and other family members as his pit crew. John was well known for his charisma and his extraordinary mechanical prowess.

John is preceded in death by his father, Monroe, his mother, Ruby, and also by his brothers Lester, William, Daniel, Robert and Donald. He is survived by wife Ann, her children Jeremiah and Danielle, his sons, Rick and Steven, his brothers, James and Carl, and his two sisters, Dorothy and Barbara. John has eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.


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John H. Smith

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Bonnie Shank

January 10, 2019

RIP John
John was the best neighbor anyone could ever ask for. He was always there to help me with my mower, snowblower, mail and being housesitter when I traveled. I’ll miss our conversations from the decks and cleaning up leaves and snow together. My deepest sympathies to Ann, Steve, Rick and all of John’s family.