Harvey L. Smith, 88, of Monroe, went home to live in perfect health with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, April 2, 2011.
Even among the sadness and loss of a wonderful man, a supportive brother, a marvelous husband, a loving and caring father, and a longtime terrific businessman, the Harvey L. Smith family is celebrating the life they shared with him.
Harvey was born on December 17, 1922, to Adolph E and Alice C (Helmrich) Smith.
On April 9, 1944, he married Wanda M. Baxter.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Wanda M. Smith of Monroe; a daughter, Arvilla (husband, Thomas) Ripley of Lexington. Kentucky; a son, Ronald (wife, Donna) of Decatur; a daughter, Janet Omspach of Monroe; a son, Rodney (wife, Lori) of Fort Wayne; and a son, Roger (wife, Pam) of Monroe. He also has 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, John Ray Smith of Preble; and one sister, Florence (Mrs. Frank) Williams of Birmingham, Alabama.
He was preceded in death by two grandchildren and two sisters, Edna Smith and Barbara Smith Hand.
From 1941 through the early 1990s, Harvey was known as “the Fuller Brush man” to many. During that career, he sold products door-to-door, trained many men and women to do likewise, and spent many years as a manager.
In 1973, he started working fulltime at the family business, Smith Trailer Sales, near Monroe; his wife started working there in 1959. Smith Trailer Sales was started behind their home and flourishes today at the same location, just outside Monroe. He continued to answer the phones into 2010 until his health no longer allowed him to do so.
Harvey also served many years on the consistory at St John Church in Vera Cruz, where he attended his entire life.
The family will receive those who would like to pay their respects on Friday, April 8, 2011, from 2-8 p.m. at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, 225 Adams St., Decatur.
The funeral service/celebration service of Harvey’s earthly life will be at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, 225 Adams St., Decatur, on Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be given, if desired, to Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeast Indiana or to an organization of the donor’s choice.
Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery.