Marshall L. Smith

January 13, 2020

Marshall L. Smith, 77, of Frankfort, died January 13, 2020 at his home, following a brief illness.  Born September 24, 1942 in Lebanon, IN.  His parents Robert H. and Ida Ruth (Whitinger) Smith preceded him in death.  He married Phoebe A. Maish on June 7, 1964 at the Kirklin Methodist Church and she survives.

Marshall graduated in 1960 from Clinton Central High School and received his B.A. in Education from Purdue University in 1964.  He was a teacher of American History in Rossville, IN and Cheltenham High School in PA.  He then worked for Beard Industries ending his 34-year career as plant manager and Vice President.  Marshall was a member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder, enjoyed teaching Sunday School and was a member of the Men’s Bible Study Group and served as a Stephen Minister.  He was Past President and Secretary of Kiwanis, Chairman of the United Way, Friends of the Public Library, Library Volunteer of the Year, past Trustee of the Clinton County Hospital, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and named Clinton County Gem in 2018.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 352 West Clinton St., Frankfort, Indiana. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. at the church. Rev. Kelly Kurth will officiate. All are invited to join the family for additional visiting in fellowship hall immediately following the service. Memorial Donations may be made to the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Guardian Angel Hospice or the Frankfort Community Public Library. Private family burial will be held in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Frankfort.

Survived by:

Spouse: Phoebe A. Smith of Frankfort, Son: Rev. Christopher T. (Sonja) Smith of St. Louis, MO, Daughter-in-law: Brooke E. (Jeremy) Smith Casella of Nashville, TN, Brother: Harry D. (Connie) Smith of Lafayette, Sister: Susan B. Rhine of Frankfort, 9 Grandchildren: Abigail E. (Travis) Holcombe, Hannah Grace Smith, Alexander J. Smith, Andrew C. Smith, Madeline J. Smith, Grace K. Smith, Jackson N. Smith, Eli and Millie Casella.

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his son Matthew A. Smith, his parents, and a sister Sara Costlow.


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32 Condolences for “Marshall L. Smith”

  1. Jack Scheid January 14, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Marshall was a Man if God. A terrific Teacher of the Word. I learned much from this special Servant as I did from his Father in Law. God Bless Phoebe and the Family. In Christ, Connie and Jack

  2. Brice Stingley January 14, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    This was a man I looked up to . I’ll miss his guidance. Prayers for Phoebe

  3. Mary Patchett January 15, 2020 at 6:24 am

    Phoebe and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Marshall’s passing. May all of you find comfort that he is well again and in God’s loving arms. Prayers to all of you in your time of sorrow.

  4. Kay Coapstick January 15, 2020 at 6:52 am

    My heartfelt sympathy to the whole Smith family. My prayers are with all of you.

  5. Gloria and Phil Crum January 15, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Sincere sympathies to Phoebe and the family. May you have many fond memories.

  6. Erilda Coleman January 15, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Dearest Family,
    So very sorry to hear of Marshall’ s passing. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you strength and comfort. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless – Ron & Erilda Coleman – Foley, AL

  7. Gregg Williamson January 15, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Marshall was a joy to know. My interactions with him at the library were enjoyable. He has made a difference in our community.

  8. Amy, Cindy, and Carol January 15, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Our hearts are heavy for you and your family. Marshall was a very special guy and he will be sadly missed by many.
    We so enjoyed getting to know him through his tireless help at Arborwood and Shoups.

  9. Bo Hanley January 15, 2020 at 9:38 am

    What a beautiful memory you posted. He was such a good man and how comforting to know you will see him again in heaven! Our heart is with you in your sorrow. Tom and Bo

  10. David Pennington January 15, 2020 at 10:52 am

    To Marshall’s family
    My condolences on your loss. Marshall and I were cousins and I had many friends who were his cousins from his Mom’s family. We had not kept close contact, but I always respected him. I am sorry I never got to meet his family.
    May God Bless and comfort you all in your loss.

  11. Jim and Pam Bricker January 15, 2020 at 11:25 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort from Florida.

  12. Doug Bachtold January 15, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Phoebe & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Marshall’s passing. I pray for God’s strength and comfort for you for the upcoming future.

  13. Rex Hughes January 15, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Marshall’s wife Phoebe and the entire family. With deepest respect. Rex and Linda Hughes

  14. Katie Casella January 15, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Dearest Smith Family,
    We send love, thoughts , prayers and deepest sympathy to each of you on the passing of Marshall. He was an extraordinary man of God. I was blessed even in the short time that I knew him. May the God of all comfort be very close both now and in the days to come!
    Much love
    Katie and Russ Casella

  15. Timothy Eller January 15, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    So sorry to hear this news.
    I appreciate your teaching at Rossville. I will always remember your great skills and helping to shape young students.

  16. Suz Kelly Hunter and Brian Walker January 15, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Dear Phoebe and Family,
    My heart aches for each of you. Such a wonderful, bright, warm light has gone from your lives. Hoping that all the wonderful memories will give you peace and strength in the days ahead. Brian and I send our love, our prayers for your family, and our deepest sympathy.

  17. Sharon Shuemak January 16, 2020 at 12:39 am

    So sorry for your loss. Nice video. I remember Marshall as being a handsome, funny, friendly, nice guy. Phoebe, seemed like you always were crazy about him. Haven’t seen you two in years, but you both sure aged well. It’s hard to lose a spouse, but God and your memories will sustain you. Peace Love Joy Sharon (Stock)Shuemak from Cincinnati, Ohio.

    • Cheryl Bennett January 18, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Chris. Mike and Cheryl Bennett

  18. Larry and Judy Rule January 16, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Phoebe, we are so sorry to hear of Marshall’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts. We are sending prayers to you and your family for strength and comfort in the days ahead.

  19. Robert Posthauer January 16, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Thinking of you and the family.
    Rob Posthauer

  20. Mike Brackett January 16, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Surely, another one of the good guys has gone on to a better place.

  21. Mary Ann & Ron Stockberger January 16, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    We will miss seeing Marshall working in his beautiful yard, on our nightly walks. And at the 4th of July parade with his refreshments for everyone. Always happy and friendly. Our sympathy and prayers to all.

  22. Jerilyn Geiger January 16, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Phoebe and family,
    Sending my prayers and sympathy. The video brought back many memories of a wonderful guy from a great family who married a wonderful girl from another great family. So glad our paths intertwined. The Jordan family will always be grateful for Marshall. Blessings to you all.

  23. Richard Cottrell January 17, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    So sorry to hear the news. I think I was in one of his first class history classes at Rossville. I was also in the sixty-six class that he was the sponsor. I looked forward to seeing him at the class reunions. I am sure a lot of the ’66 class will miss him. He is not a lot older than we are.

  24. Barbara Staton Mc Carty January 18, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Marshall, I wished you could see all the nice things being said, you were a good friend to everyone Phoebe please know many good thoughts and prayers are being sent to you and your beautiful family.

  25. Carolyn Ellis January 18, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Phoebe, I was so sorry to hear this. Words can’t say enough. He was such a good man & will be missed by so many. Prayers for you & the family in this trying emotional time.
    Carolyn Ellis

  26. Kelly Robertson Myers January 18, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Marshall was such a kind man of God. Keeping you all in my prayers during this time of grief. Thankful for the day, where we see our family members again.

    In Christ,

  27. Jim Davis January 18, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Sorry to hear of Mr Smiths passing. We will share your grief in prayer. Friends of Harry and Connie Smith…..

  28. Amy E Bironas January 18, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Phoebe and Family,

    I had hoped to attend today’s services to offer my sympathies in person. Condolences to all of you. Marshall was an extraordinary man. He lit many candles on his journey through this world. I hope knowing that his light will shine on will help ease your heartache.

  29. Janet Bowyer January 20, 2020 at 7:24 am

    Phoebe I am so sorry for your loss. I tried to come for the visitation Saturday but I couldn’t work it out! It’s been several years, but I wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you and your family at this time. I taught at Rossville at the same time as Marshall. Take care. Janet Bowyer

  30. Donald Peel January 23, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked with Marshall nearly the full time he was at Beard. He made a big difference in my life and I truly respected and admired the man. I am just now learning of his passing. He was a remarkable man in my eyes

  31. Chuck & Tamara Smith June 16, 2020 at 11:27 am

    We fell off the Goodwin posts and didn’t get notice of Marshall’s death until today. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. We have great memories. Love, Chuck & Tam Smith

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