Norman Gene Smith

Nov. 24, 1946-July 29, 2020


Norman G. Smith, 73, Marion, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Marion General Hospital.

He was born Nov. 24, 1946, at Kendallville, to Robert and Helen (Akey) Smith. On June 8, 1969, he married Cheryl Troyer, who preceded him in death.

Norman graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1965 and Tri-State College (now Trine) in 1970. He was a project engineer at Foster-Forbes, Ball Foster, Saint-Gobain, Collins Company and Leone Glass, retiring around 2003. He was a member of Herbst United Methodist Church and the Van Buren Lion’s Club. He enjoyed golfing and hunting and was an avid sports fan, especially racing and NASCAR. He also loved John Deere machinery.

Survivors include: sister, Joyce (Jack) Grimble of Waynetown; nephews, Justin R. Grimble of Columbia City and Derek A. (Michele) Troyer of Lafayette; nieces, Jana K. (Tim) Secrist of Lebanon and Stephanie L. Troyer of Huntington; brother-in-law Steve (Sarah) Troyer of Gas City; great-nieces, Megan and Alexis; great-nephews, Aiden, Kale and Beau; and close family friend, Wanda Troyer of Marion.

He was also preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive visitors 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 3 at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion.

Immediately following the time of visitation, a service to celebrate Norman’s life will begin at noon with Pastor Jeremy Moore officiating. Burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery in Sweetser.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Norman G. and Cheryl M. Smith Fund, c/o The Community Foundation of Grant County, 505 W. 3rd St., Marion, IN 46952-9955.

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