Bruce B. Smith, 83,
of Fishers, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Community Hospital
North in Indianapolis.
He was born on
December 23, 1932, to Arthur and Naomi (Burtner) Smith in Marshfield,
Bruce was a 1950
graduate of Chesterton High School, earned a Bachelor's degree from
Valparaiso University, and his Master's degree from Purdue University. He
proudly served his country in the United States Navy, and worked as an
Executive Engineer for Inland Steel for 32 years, retiring in 1993. Bruce
was a giving, family man, and loved them dearly. He spent time building
homes with Nomads (mission volunteers through the United Methodist Church),
and went on several youth mission trips. Bruce was a jack-of-all trades,
often seen with a hammer in his hand, helping with construction projects. He
enjoyed traveling to Branson, Missouri, but he was never happier than when
sailing on Lake Michigan with family.
He is survived by
his loving wife of 47 years, Joanne K. Smith; son, William (Gene) Murray;
daughter, Judy (Rob) Kittridge; daughter, Karen (Roger) Karmolinski;
daughter, Kathy (Thomas) Durand; and son, John (Judith) Lowery;
grandchildren, Kellie (Phil) Borth, Chris (Missi) Smith, Jaime (Robert)
Unate-Martin, Brandon (Rosalind) Murray, Elizabeth (Arturo) Alfaro, Tyler
Kittridge, Andrew Kittridge, Rich (Jennie) Case, Lauren Case, Madeleine
Durand, Christian Durand, Claire Durand, Johnathon Lowery, and Thomas
Lowery; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Dr. John Smith; sister-in-law,
Virginia York; brother-in-law, Michael Anton; many nieces and nephews; and
special friends, Mike and Carol Delisio and their children, Tom, Beth, Jill
In addition to his
parents, Bruce was preceded in death by his son, Steven Smith; brother,
Charles Smith; sister, Marna Kredlo; and brother-in-law, Robert Anton.
Services will be
held at 12:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. CDT) on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at
Cyntheanne Christian Church, 13151 Cyntheanne Road, in Fishers, with
visitation from 10:00 a.m. to the time of service. Rev. Larry J. Renihan and
Rev. Bob Case will officiate. Bruce's care has been entrusted to Randall and
Roberts Funeral Homes.
contributions may be made to United Methodist NOMADS, PO Box 3508, Shawnee,
KS. 66203; or Life's Journey Hospice, c/o Community Health Network
Foundation, 7240 Shadeland Station, Suite 125, Indianapolis, IN, 46256; or
American Cancer Society, Glioblastoma or Melanoma Research, PO Box 22478,
Oklahoma City, OK. 73123.