Steven B. Smethers, 67

Steven B. Smethers, 67, passed away Wednesday at his home in Columbia City. Born in Fort Wayne, Steven was a minister and founder of United Christian Ministries International. Previously he was a contractor-carpenter and member of the Fort Wayne Fire Department. He enjoyed cooking, woodworking, and spending time at Loon Lake. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Smethers of Columbia City; daughters, Michelle Roeback of Fort Wayne, and Wendy Meyer of Bluffton; sister, Susan Boxell of Fort Wayne; step-sons, Mark (Kim) Gareiss, and David (Jennifer) Gareiss both of Columbia City; stepdaughter, Kendra (Ehren) Siebert of Charlottesville, Va.; and seven grandchildren. Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.