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Jean A. Smith

July 30, 1928 — August 6, 2016

Jean A. Smith, 88 of Tipton went to be with the Lord at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at IU Health Tipton Hospital. He was born in Noblesville on July 30, 1928 and raised in Westfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, William N. & Sybil A. (Inman) Smith, six siblings, his step-mother, two step-sisters and one step-brother.

Jean is survived by his wife Sue (Molden) Smith who he married on April 22, 1974; his children, Dave and Rita Smith and their children Angie, Jason and Zach; Denny and Jody Smith and their children Erika and Abbie; Deborah Kappas and her children Sheila, Samantha, Stephanie, Shelby and Steve; step-children Kim and Jeff Newcom and their children Mandy, Chad, Craig and Clint; and Kelly and Laura Beth Dunn and their daughters Meagan, Katy and Emma. He is also survived by 20 great-grandchildren.

Jean was a farmer and had worked for Trans World Airlines, retiring in 1988. He accepted the Lord as his savior when he was 60 years old through the ministry of the Christian Motorcycle Association and it was his desire that all come to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Jean was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Tipton. After his retirement from Trans World Airlines in 1988 he spent several winters volunteering his carpentry talents to the Hephzibah Children's Home in Macon, Georgia, a ministry of the Wesleyan Church.

Jean was a graduate of Westfield High School. He served the community by working with Meals on Wheels and helping many with his carpentry skills. He enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader. He will be remembered as a teacher, helper and friend.

Jean's funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 11 at the Emanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Robb Roloff presiding. Burial will follow in Normanda Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Thursday, all at the church. Young-Nichols Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions in Jean's name may be made to either the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1385 S. St. Rd. 19, Tipton, Indiana, 46072 or the Hephzibah Children's Home at

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