AUBURN — Estelle L. Smith, 88, of Auburn and formerly of Garrett, died Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at his home in rural Auburn.
Mr. Smith was a lifetime DeKalb County farmer. He also worked as an engineer for International Harvester in Fort Wayne for over 40 years, retiring in 1983, and then went to work for the Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne, retiring in 1990.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Garrett Presbyterian Church. He was also a 50-year member of the former Garrett Masonic Lodge and current DeKalb Masonic Lodge and served as past master, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, and American Legion Post 178 of Garrett.
He was born April 10, 1925, in Auburn, to Ashton V. and Mary (Goe) Smith. He married Betty M. Bloom on Jan. 31, 1945, and she died Dec. 15, 1998. He then married Mary Sue Roth on Jan. 28, 2000, and she survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Adele L. Williams of Garrett; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Max E. Smith of Garrett, and Bernard M. and Barbara Smith of Garrett; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lois Stebing of Auburn, Ramona Rohm of Auburn and Violet (Larry) Hansche of South Carolina; and two brothers, Chester Smith of Auburn and Homer (Gloria) Smith of Twelve Mile.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Garrett Presbyterian Church, 201 S. Franklin St., Garrett, with visitation from 1–2 p.m. Friday prior to the service at the church. The Rev. William Haworth will be officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery in rural Garrett with military graveside honors being conducted by the United States Navy and American Legion Post 178 of Garrett.
Visitation will also be from 4–8 p.m. Thursday at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 S. Center St., Auburn, with the DeKalb Masonic Lodge conducting a service starting at 8 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the Garrett Presbyterian Church.