The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Hugh Alan Smith, 90, of Venice, Florida, passed away peacefully into heavenly arms on Monday, December 30, 2019 at Tidewell Lakewood Ranch Hospice House, Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
Hugh was born on May 2, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio to James and Julia Smith.
On November 1, 1947, he married Mary Jacqueleen Floth Thompson. Celebrating 52 years of marriage, she passed away on January 11, 2000.
Together they had eight children: Dawn Wetmore, Ricky Smith (deceased), Jim (Katie) Smith, Hugh M. Smith (deceased), Cary (Rita) Smith, Mary Jacqueleen Smith (deceased), Eugene "Dino" (Sherry) Smith, and Julie Ann (Donald) Gibertini.
18 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren and 2 more greats on the way...
Jim: Mandy (Shane) Wallace: Benjamin, Jonah, and Baby Wallace
Hugh: Kristin (Joe) Otter
Carrye (Mark) Blake: Joe and Allie
William (Angela) Smith: Emily and Lilly
Hugh (Brooke) Smith: Eva, Olivia, Isabella, and Amelia
Emily (Brian) Vander Werf: Hugh Philip and Baby Vander Werf
Robin (Jeremy) Blosser: William, Sylvia, and Madeline
Cary: Jennifer (Chris) Landis: Gabrielle "Gabi" and Isabella "Izzi"
Jason (Courtney) Smith: Cordell, Jayden, Quinn and Knox
Matthew Smith: Eli
Dino: Tyler Smith
Julie: Tara Jacqueleen Wright
Zachary James Wright
Kathryn Lee Gibertini
Abigail Grace Gibertini
Caleb James Gibertini
He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
In his later years, he was deeply loved by Carol Ostby and her extended family.
He will be greatly missed.
He became the business manager of The La Porte Press in November of 1969 and retired to travel and then settled in Mesa, Arizona.
In November of 1993, he made the decision that after his death he would donate his body to Indiana University School of Medicine. We have honored his wishes.
For his last couple of years, he had resided at Tuscan Gardens of Venetia Bay Assisted Living in Venice, Florida.
Do something special for someone in memory of our Dad/Grandpa/Great-Grandpa, he would like that.
A big, huge thank you to everyone at Tuscan Gardens of Venetia Bay and Tidewell Lakewood Ranch Hospice House.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Steve Galloway officiating.
A time of visitation will be held from 3 p.m.until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.cutlercares.com.
To send flowers to Hugh's family, please visit our floral section.