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Hugh Alan Smith

May 2, 1929 ~ December 30, 2019 (age 90)


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
        Ashley Smith

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
          Melanie 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.                              

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January 25, 2020

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center
2900 Monroe Street
La Porte, Indiana 46350

Celebration of Life Memorial Service
January 25, 2020

5:00 PM
Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center
2900 Monroe Street
La Porte, Indiana 46350

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