David R. Smith, age 78, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, March 11, 2021.
He was born on July 16, 1942, in Mt. Pleasant (Martin County, Indiana), to the late Oney J. and Imo M. (Phillips) Smith. He was the youngest of eight children.
David was educated in the Loogootee Public Schools Class of 1960. He attended Vincennes University and Ball State University. Except for a brief stent in Long Term Health Care he spent his entire career in the Engineering field. His work took him to many states, Mexico and Canada. David always said that he did not have a job or assignment that he didn’t like. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
He was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Loogootee, for over 39 years. He served his church in many capacities.
He loved his grandchildren and adored his great-grandchildren. He and Wanda enjoyed traveling, especially to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Daytona, Florida; and the Rocky Mountains. In his youth he spent a lot of time in Iowa with his cousins, aunts, and uncles.
He was too busy working or researching various projects to have any hobbies. He did enjoy fishing, hunting, and just walking in the woods when the opportunity arose. He was a avid supporter of The College of the Ozarks (Hard Work U) Point Lookout, Missouri, and the Martin/Daviess County Right to Life.
Survivors include his wife Wanda, whom he married on August 24, 1968. They are the parents of four sons, Duane Mann and wife Karen, Donald Mann and wife Lori, and John David Smith, all of Loogootee; and Jeffrey Smith and wife Shanda, of Washington. David and Wanda have nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Raymond (fDeloris) Keiffner, of Suwanee, Georgia; and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Norbert (Clara) Smith, of Loogootee.
He was also preceded in death by five brothers, one sister, and one grandson, Bray who died in infancy.
A private service will be held and burial will be in the Goodwill Cemetery, in Loogootee.
The Queen-Lee Chapel, in Shoals, handled the arrangements.