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March 18, 2014

Russell Eugene ‘Gene’ Smith

TERRE HAUTE — Russell Eugene “Gene” Smith, 90, of Terre Haute, passed away March 15, 2014, at Bethesda Gardens. He was born July 28, 1923, in Hymera, to Victor Edgar Smith and Jennie Marie (Leonard) Smith. Gene graduated from Hymera High School. As a young man he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as an airplane armorer in Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and Tinian in the Pacific Theatre. Gene worked for Public Service of Indiana and Cinergy for more than 45 years as a machinist and lath operator. His co-workers knew him as “Russ” or “Smitty.” He was a member of Agape Christian Church, where he was a member of the M and M group. Later on in his life, he enjoyed traveling, camping, gardening, tinkering with everything imaginable and eating anything sweet.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife of almost 65 years, Kathryn L. “Sally” (Clark) Smith in 2012; son, Duane Eugene Smith in 2009; and his parents.  

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, David L. and Darlene K. Hall of rural Brazil; grandchildren, Kristina K. Gonsalves and husband John of Modesto, Calif., David L. Hall Jr. and wife Tynne of Janesville Wis., and Kari M. Smith of Terre Haute; great-grandchildren, Travis Gonsalves, Ethan Gonsalves, and Bryce Hall; sister, Mary Lou Smith Sweet of San Antonio; brother-in-law, Nathan Clark and wife Harriet of Litchfield, Ky.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. today in DeBaun Funeral Homes Springhill Chapel, 85 E. Springhill Drive. Pastor Shan Smith will be officiating. Burial will be in Farmersburg Westlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until service time. Online condolences can be made at: www.debaunfuneralhomes.com

 

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