Marshall Smith, 85

Marshall A. “Smitty” Smith, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Peabody Retirement Center, North Manchester. Born March 20, 1927, in Whitley County, he was the son of Lewis and Maude Martha (Kneller) Smith.He attended the public school system and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.In 1954, he married Barbara L. (Hire) Smith. A lifetime Whitley County resident and part-time farmer, he owned Smitty’s Auto Parts since 1985 and also worked for General Electric for 20 years. Smitty, a “tinkerer,” loved to create things with wood and metal. Survivors include his son, Thomas Smith, of Columbia City; grandson, Jesse (Jennifer) Smith of Larwill; three great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Madison and Trevor Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara L. Smith; brother, Russell Smith; three sisters, Mabel Lena Smith, Mildred Downing and Marie Jones.Visitation is Saturday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Curtis Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Christian Chapel Cemetery in Merriam. Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Smith’s memory to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.