Hubert C. Smith, 95, passed away at 12:07 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Miller's at the Oaks, Columbia City. He was born on July 2, 1924 in Hutsonville, IL the son of Marshall P. and Cecile Grace (Myers) Smith.
He graduated from Teachers' College High School with the Class of 1942 and then went on to attend Eastern Illinois University, followed by DeVry Institute in Chicago. He married Jeanette E. English on July 2, 1948 in Charleston, IL. In 1974 he moved from Charleston, IL to South Whitley and in 1975 he and his family moved to Columbia City. Hubert worked for Magnavox and ITT in the Defense Logistics Agency, retiring in 1993. His membership includes Oak Grove Church of God and when the Smith Family left Illinois he was bestowed as a Honorary Life-Time Elder of the East Harrison Street Church of God, Charleston, IL. He also was active with N.A.R.F.E., the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
He is survived by five children including, Susan Crane, Danville, IL, Phillip (Lisa) Smith, Johnston City, IL, Sheryl (Ron) Kaminski, Columbia City, Becky (David) Taylor, Louisville, KY and Daniel (Andria) Smith, Columbia City. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren including, Amy (Justin) Krillenberger, Tiffany (Ben) Heimann, Heidi (Gil) Krahn, Lindsay (Paul) Froman, Kimberly Seilig, Eric (Jessica) Smith, Kayla (Trent) Grable, Ethan Smith, Sarah Smith, Kohl (Susan) Smith, Emilee Smith and Kendall Smith; and 19 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanette E. Smith, infant daughter, Brenna Gayle Smith; and two son-in-laws, Dennis Crane and Jeff Bohnstedt.
Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2019 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given in Mr. Smith's memory to Bear Lake Church of God Camp, Oak Grove Church of God or Oak Grove Church of God Special Needs Playground. Please log onto www.demoneygrimes.com to share special memories and family condolences.
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We moved next door to the Smiths in June of 1968. Sunday evening after church he came over and welcomed us to the neighborhood. After talking for a while he then invited us to his church for the following Sunday. We went and enjoyed Hubert and family the next 6 years before they moved. Hubert was a very Godly man, with wisdom and stories. He kept in touch by phone all these years. He will be dearly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with all the family. God bless.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at the passing of Hubert Smith. In Christ’s love, Terry and Kathy Miller from Charleston, IL
Daniel & Andria Smith and family:
Our deepest sympathy to your family.
From your former neighbors - Jack & Jane Helton
Hubert, what a beautiful man . His love for God spilled over him unto others , that added hope and faith as of his. Moments at Aldi , he liked to share the word either with the brochures he shared , things he had written down or in conversation . These moments with Hubert will always be cherished forever. There is one quote he always said was to “always look up, “referring to the heavens and God above. Always believe and keep your faith. His family! oh how he loves them so. The joy and smiles it brought him when he talked about them. There was a song he shared ,I believe was his wife’s favorite Because He Lives. What a beautiful song. Hubert my friend you will always be in my heart . You are now and always be with God . Thank you for your blessings and your friendship. Esther Richison.
Sorry for you fathers passing Sheryl.
Smith and Kaminski families,
I remember Hubert and Jeanette well when my family and I attended Oak Grove. What special people they are ! So sorry for your loss. Please know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
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