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Martin Smith


June 8, 2016

Jan. 5, 1929 - May 28, 2016

Martin Phillip Smith, or “MIKE” as most knew him,went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday May 28, 2016.

He was born Jan. 5, 1929 in Decatur, Iowa to Phillip and Alice L. (Lewis) Smith.

He married Geraldine Rowley Hegge on Jan. 19, 1985. Geraldine’s kids provided a shotgun wedding that he talked about for years.

Mike worked for Willamette Industries for 40 years as a debarker. He was a member of Crawfordsville Community Church.

His hobbies included restoring old classic cars, tinkering and traveling. He made it to all 50 states, Mexico and Canada. The family knew he was happy when he was whistling.

Mike is survived by his wife, Geraldine; children James Dean and wife Sharon, Celinda Gourley, Paula Rogers, LeRoy Hegge and wife Karen, Mike Hegge, Beth Blackwell and husband Ron, Sharon Wall and husband Tom, Sandi Hegge, Casper Hegge and wife Heidi.

He had oodles of grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and several great-great- grandchildren, with more on the way.

He also leaves behind brothers and sister Harvey Smith, James Smith, Doris Holden, Bill Smith.

He was preceded in death by his son, Scott Hegge; sisters Nelda Nostsger and Shirley Smith; parents Phillip and Alice Smith; and his first wife, Janice Smith.

His Memorial Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Crawfordsville Community Church.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name to Crawfordsville Community Church General Fund. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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