Irvin L. Smeltz

January 21, 1935January 2, 2021

Irvin L. Smeltz, 85 of Okolona, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021.

He was a proud U.S. Navy Veteran who served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was also active in the Okolona V.F.W. Post 8639.

Left to cherish his memory, his children, Sheila Smeltz, James Smeltz, Katherine Robb, & Tonya Smeltz; 8 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 11am-2pm, with a service to celebrate Irvin’s life at 2pm in the chapel of Arch L. Heady & Son Funeral Home, 8519 Preston Hwy.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Thursday, January 7, 2021


Irvin L. Smeltz

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George Ben

January 15, 2021

I have always known him as "Bud" . He sold his house in Rocky Point, FL to us on 27 June 2003. At the time, I told him I would never forget him for his kindness and consideration in facilitating the sale - and I never have. After he left back to Kentucky I had to track him down through one of his daughters to get his new phone number. Since then, I've called him on holidays - especially patriotic ones - he was so proud to serve his country in the United States Navy. Of course, he would always surprise me with calls in the interim. I thought I was loquacious - "Bud" had me beat on that one! But I always enjoyed his stories, especially those where he expressed his love for his family - "warts" and all. "Bud" helped everyone that came in contact with him - but he was especially generous to his family whenever they needed it - without them asking - the best kind of gift.

It's been said that in the end, a man can count his friends on one hand - "Bud" was one of those friends. I'll never forget "Bud" - rest in peace, knowing you have made life better for all those you have come in contact with on this earth.

Christine Ben

January 15, 2021

We bought our house in Stuart, Florida from Buddy 17 years ago. He always had a huge smile when he would stop by for a visit when he was in Okeechobee. Over the years, we kept in touch, especially around the holidays, Veteran's Day, or just for the heck of it. I'll miss his gravelly voice telling us about what was going on in his life. God's speed good friend!

Matt A

January 6, 2021

Irv is heaven telling someone a story with every day and date. I'll miss hearing his stories and friendship.

Wayne Godfrey

January 5, 2021

I’m forever grateful to those individuals that helped me along my way, Irvin was one of those guys. You’ve heard the saying “It takes a village”, then this saying fit Irvin perfectly. I will miss his humor, stories and his friendship. My condolences to you the family and all who loved him.