Chesterton Tribune

Service set for Charles 'Chuck' Smith, Jr.

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Charles I. Smith Jr. “Chuck” of Chesterton passed away on April 1, 2011. He was 75.

He is survived by his cherished wife of 45 years, Karan (Masterson) Smith; children Charles “Chip” Smith of Surprise, Ariz. and Katherine “Kitty” (husband Brad) Cavanaugh of Valparaiso; grandchildren Courtney, Zackary and Rebecca Smith and Marissa, Sarah and Sophia Cavanaugh; sisters Marian Garrity of Dundalk, Md. and Louise Smith of Dover, Del.; sisters-in-law Gena (John) Morrow of Hebron, Dorothy Arndt of Chesterton, Edith Waugaman of Washington, Bonnie Pruitt of Westville, and Leslie Roberts of Chesterton; special cousin Lois Fancher-Wiesemann; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles I. and Margaret (Lundin) Smith; brother William Olsen; nephew Tommy Young; niece Dawn Comer; and four brothers-in-law William Arndt, James Garrity, Bill Roberts and Dale Waugaman.

Chuck was a graduate of Dundalk High School and the University of Colorado. He was a licensed Master Electrician in Michigan and Journeymen inside wireman for IBEW Local 531 out of LaPorte for 30 years. He served as an Electronic Technician for the U.S. Coast Guard and was affiliated with the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors. Chuck was an active parent in Babe Ruth and Little League baseball with his son growing up. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where in his earlier years he was a Sunday Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, a choir member, and a member of the board of directors. He was a member of the Porter Fire Department and served on the town board. After retirement he tutored at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso for several years.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2050 W. 1100 N., Chesterton, with Rev. Jane Aicher officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton. Cremation will be performed by Heritage Crematory, Portage. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, or the VNA Hospice of Porter County. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 4/4/2011