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On Saturday May 13, 2017, Melvin H. Smith, 96, of Franklin, IN passed peacefully in his sleep with family by his side at IU Hospice House in
Bloomington, IN.
Born July 2, 1920 to Howard and Rell (Hensley) Smith, he was the last surviving member of the 1938 graduating class of Straughn High School in Henry County, IN.
In 1939 Melvin married Helen V. Elkins and operated a Dairy Farm in Fairland IN. He retired from O'Brien Chrysler and returned to his first passion, farming on a small town near Bargersville IN. Later in life he married Marian Anderson and were married until her passing in 2013.
He is survived by his son, Marvin R. (Karen) Smith of Gosport; daughters, Beverly (Lewis)Glentzer of Franklin; Sandra (Keith)Black, Bloomington; Barbara(Michae1)Burdine of Franklin; Joyce(Douglas)Lowes of Falmouth; and Connie Ament of Livermore, Colorado; numerous Grandchildren, Step-Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by Helen and Marian; his brother Porter Smith; sisters Sue Patterson and Evelyn Owens and Great Grandson, Avery Lowes.
Visitation will be at 11 am on Friday, May 19, 2017. The serviced will commence at 1:30 p.m. at Swartz Family Community Mortuary, 300 S Morton St. (US31) Franklin, IN.
Published on May 15, 2017
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