Jack Evan Smith, 77, of Terre Haute, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at St. Vincent Heart Center of Indianapolis, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 18, 1936, in Terre Haute, to Hollis and Sue Hinote Smith. Jack graduated in 1954 from Ashboro High School. He was the founder of Evan and Ryan Electrical Contractors. He was a 57-year member of the IBEW Local 725 and the National Electrical Contractors Association since 1999, as well as the retiree’s association. He was the chairman of the JATC for 30 years. He has been a longtime member of William Pen Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners, York Rite, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the past president of German Oberlandler Club.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was in the 181st Tactical Fighter Unit of the Air National Guard. Jack was a truly caring and genuine man. He deeply loved and cared for his family, friends and workers. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and picking them up after school. He enjoyed going to ISU basketball games and making pancakes for breakfast on Sundays for his family for many years. Jack will be remembered for his smile and sense of humor.
Jack is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolee Harden Smith. They were high school sweethearts. He is survived by his children: a son and his wife, Sam and Diane Smith of Terre Haute, a daughter and her husband, Loretta and Kurt Showalter of Louisville, Ky., and a son and his wife, Dan and Judi Smith of Terre Haute. He is survived by grandchildren, Ron Smith and his wife Beth, Amanda Ellis and her husband Ramsey, Britney Showalter, Chad Showalter, Jacob Smith and his wife Emalie, Michael Smith and Jessica Smith; great-grandchildren, Lauryn Smith, Taylor Smith, Shane Smith, Ava Ellis, Evan Ellis and Haiden Smith; sisters, Susie Hayes and her husband Mike, and Debbi Stout and her husband Jim; and a brother, Jeff Smith and his wife Burdona; sister-in-law, Donna Schopmeyer; and brother-in-law, Richard Harden; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hollis and Sue Hinote Smith; and his wife’s parents, Clarence and Marguerite Harden.
Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. at Greiner Funeral Home, 2005 N. 13th St., in Terre Haute. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Tom Green will be officiating. According to Jack’s wishes, cremation is scheduled. If friends so desire, contributions may be made to the Terre Haute Humane Society, Shriners Hospital or to Vigo County School Corp. to enhance security in our schools. Online condolences may be made at: