Tom Smith

March 13, 2015

Tom Smith, 74, of rural Michigantown passed away at 5:15 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2015 at Clinton House in Frankfort. He was born January 4, 1941 in Frankfort, IN to Maynard & Bessie (Fox) Smith. On January 22, 1960 he married Velma Beets and she survives.  Tom was a 1959 Michigantown High School graduate, attending there all 12 years. He was Salutatorian in the last graduating class of Michigantown High School. He lived on the family farm all his life. He was a farmer and painter for over 40 years, and was an avid outdoorsman. He loved raising vegetables and spending time with family and friends. Tom was a member of the Michigantown Christian Church for over 60 years, serving as a deacon for many years.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 2-6 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home. Services will be Monday, March 16th at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Whiteman Cemetery, Michigantown. Memorial donations may be made to the Michigantown Christian Church or the Old Michigantown School Restoration Fund c/o Pat Newton, 630 N SR 29, Michigantown, IN 46057.

Survived by:

his wife of 55 years, 3 daughters and 1 son, Peg (Bill) Matzen of Rossville, Diane (Rob) Raley of Overland Park, KS, Carol Smith, Jeff (Sandy) Smith of rural Clinton County, 7 grandchildren, Lauren Smith, Amanda Cline, Megan and Molly Matzen, Grace, Charlotte and Jeffrey Raley, 2 great grandsons, Jackson Pullen and Levi Cline.

Preceded by:

his parents, sister, Judy Evans, half-brother, Verlin Smith and half-sister, Mabeline Moser.


Leave your Condolences

20 Condolences for “Tom Smith”

  1. Bart Cole March 13, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Thank you for helping me through life Tom. I have a lot of good memories of you, and you will be truly missed.

  2. Jane Ann Miller March 13, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Velma and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for strength and comfort in the days and weeks to come. God Bless you

  3. Neil Crum March 13, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I Promise to Play it Forward…..
    We lost a GREAT man today!!!!!
    Tom E. Smith,
    Tom and Velma are like parents to me,
    ​Whom I love dearly.
    He touched everyone around him,
    ​Family, Friends, Community…..
    Tom was A Farmer, A Gardner, A Painter, A Coach,
    ​A Mentor…..
    A 4-H LEADER, A Hunter, A Trapper, A Fur Buyer, A Fisherman,
    ​A Story Teller, A Jokester with a contagious SMILE
    And LAUGH that caught the Entire Room!!!!!
    A Man with ENDLESS Outdoor Hobbies……
    Tom E. Smith, he called himself Nature’s Equalizer,
    ​His Knowledge WILL Be Shared through Endless Generations To Come…..
    Thank You for your Priceless Knowledge and Memories!!!!!
    ​Your Hunting Buddy… Neil

  4. Phil & Gloria Crum March 13, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Velma and family,

    Sincere sympathies for you on Tom’s passing. We have many fond memories of him during our lifetime. He was an interesting a fun person to be around.

    Phil & Gloria

  5. Connie Blubaugh March 14, 2015 at 8:20 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. All my prayers are with you all. I thought a lot of Tom, he was a blessing to my son when we needed him most.

  6. Wayne & Karen Patchett March 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Our prayers and sincere condolences to Velma and the entire Smith family. Tom was a good man and we have many warm memories.

  7. Dick & Mary Helen Hankins March 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Velma and family:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers and thoughts.

  8. Larry & Pat Newton March 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    We have many happy memories through the years with our “forever friends”. We always laughed because Tom would seem to “show up” when we were cooking mushrooms! We’ll be keeping all of the family in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Neil and Lynda Perrel March 14, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Velma and family,
    We learned of Tom’s passing while talking with Lewie Fox. We are saddened and offer our condolences to you.
    Tom was a special person and we enjoyed time with him and our conversations(often about mushroom hunting). He was a fine Christian man and great positive influence in the community and will be missed by many.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and may God Bless you and yours in the days that lie ahead.
    Dr Neil Perrel

  10. Tom & Laurenda Whitcomb March 14, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Dear Velma and all the Smith Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Wish we were there to hug you all. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Tom will be missed by so many people. May your faith help you through this difficult time. God’s blessings on all of you.

  11. stacy albaugh March 14, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Tom thank you for all the guidance and memories, my son loved listening to stories of some our past fun times. I will miss you

  12. Darlene McCain Collins March 14, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Velma – I am so sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. Where have the years gone! Please know that you are in our prayers. Darlene

  13. Julie Palmore March 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I have so many memories of spending time on the family farm during the summer and all of the fun that we would have. I’m thankful that I have these memories and to be able to say that I came from an immediate/extended family as fine as mine.

  14. Bob & Susan Woods March 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Dear Velma & family,

    We were saddened to hear about Tom’s passing, and we will pray that God’s grace will give you sufficient strength to face the difficult days ahead. Tom was such a genuinely good man — a very hard worker who loved the Lord and his family. We are thankful he is at peace now. May God bless you all.

  15. Linda (Watkins) Myers March 16, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Peggy and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a great man. Always had a smile on his face and a kind word. Prayers going out for you all.

  16. Chuck Rich March 16, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Jeff and family,

    I’m am sorry for your loss. I’m keeping you all in my prayers and thoughts. Your dad will be truly missed.

    Chuck and Nancy Rich

  17. Marcum Family March 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

    So sorry for your loss. We will be keeping your family in our thoughts. God bless you all and keep the memories in your heart.

  18. Sharon (Stock) Shuemak March 16, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I’m sure it was hard to see him fail the last couple of years. Remember the wonderful times you enjoyed together. He is happy in heaven working in God’s great garden.

  19. Darren Clouse March 16, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Tom Smith will be missed by several. I have fond memories of Tom and Jerry and Jeff coming to paint our barns as a kid loved to watch them climb ladders and Tom always had time to talk. Tom was also 4H leader and mentor to many he always told us that if you wanna win so bad and spend all that money boys you can go downtown and get a trophy made for 14 dollars, that took hard work and good ethics to be a winner A man that believed in family friends and helping others. Truly agree with Neil we lost a great one and heaven gained one great soul. To all Smith family praying for you and comfort. I was in Texas at Jim Millers ranch Tom would have been amazed at the Hampshire sheep. GOD bless and thank you lord for sharing Tom with us for the past several years. Darren.

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