Marvin Russel Smith, 86, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Earl and Edna (Jones) Smith. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post 420, Monroeville and Howard Bandelier VFW Post 2457, New Haven. He was also a member of St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church and the New Haven Lions Club. He was the owner and operator of Smith Builders for 45 years. After his retirement he enjoyed woodworking projects, sports, was an avid reader, and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn; children, Mike (Linda) Smith of Fort Wayne, Kathy (Tad) Biddle of New Haven, Steve (Suzy) Smith of Monroeville, and Marc (Lori) Smith of New Haven; sisters, Vera (Pete) Christman of Fishers and Pat (Abe) Gerardot of Monroeville; grandchildren, Lucas (Amy) Smith, Evan (Claire) Smith, Nick (Rita) Smith, Lindsay (Casey) Anderson, Allison (Justin) Slusher, Stefani (Derek) Fillers, Henry Smith, Molly Smith, Sam Smith, Harry Smith, and Samantha Smith; and 14 great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Eddie Joe Smith.

Memorial Mass is 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018 at St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church, 15535 Lincoln Hwy E., New Haven with visitation one hour prior to service. Father Ben Muhlenkamp officiating. Burial in the church cemetery with military honors. Preferred memorials are to the St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church Building Fund.

POSTED: 01/03/18 at 3:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits