Albert W. Smiley, 80, passed away to join his Savior, his best friend/wife, and adored parents on September 25, 2018 at Creasy Springs Legacy Unit Lafayette, Ind. Albert succumbed to the effects of a 3-year battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He was born July 7, 1938 in Tippecanoe County, Ind. He married Carolyn R. Davids on May 10, 1962 and she preceded him in death on November 11, 2015.
Albert was an avid car show enthusiast (Chevys all the way!!) and a huge sprint car fan. Albert was employed by Purdue University for 43 years (yes….it takes some people a long time to graduate…..Albert’s words…not mine!). After retirement he enjoyed working on his 55 Chevy, mowing his yard, and spending every waking hour with Carolyn. Albert was a member of the Kilmore United Methodist Church, member Beard Masonic Lodge (50 yr.), the Scottish Rite and Murat Shine, both of Indianapolis and The Kroozers Car Club. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served from 1962-1966. Albert grew up in Lafayette, IN and was a Lafayette Jeff Bronco graduate.
Visitation and Services
Visitation will be from 9-11:15 a.m., Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Kilmore United Methodist Church, 4519 N. CR 0 EW, Frankfort, Ind. A Masonic Service will begin at 11:15 a.m., prior to the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Kilmore Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Kilmore United Methodist Church.
Albert is survived by three devoted children (all of whom can honestly say they were never once spanked by Albert, but were given some of the best drivers ed coaching ever!!). He is survived by his eldest daughter Angela (Devin) Hoshaw, of Lafayette, his middle child Lisa (Neal) Mitchell, of Frankfort, Ind. and his youngest child Robert “Butch” (Velma) Smiley of Wolcott, IN. He also leaves behind 3 grandchildren Brittany (Letteer) Lewis, Erand (Shal) Hoshaw, and Caleb (Hannah) Robertson, 2 step grandchildren, Brittany and Austin Gonzales, two great granddaughters, Tatum Jayne Robertson and Audrey Madelyn Lewis (both great granddaughters arrived in the last two months), and his only sister Kathryn (Keith) Hiser. Albert loved to tease and torment his sister (actually painted her hair orange as a child!).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert W. & Katherine (Getzelmen) Smiley, and his devoted wife and best buddy, Carolyn R. Smiley.