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Marvin Smith died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on Dec. 6, 2017, in Carmel, at the age of 91.
Marvin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Connie Smith; his four children, their spouses, and grandchildren, Susan and Chris Weddle, their son Travis Weddle and daughter Riley and her husband John Boehme; Becky Smith and her two sons, Tyler and Ryan Abbinett; Teresa Smith and daughter Shelby Lawler and son Luke Lawler; and Mark and Carri Smith and daughters Abigail and Sophia Smith. Marvin has two living nephews, Robert Smith and Kenny Smith; and niece, Carol Ann Whitton.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Albert, Kenny and Gene; and sister, Catherine.
Marvin was born Oct. 13, 1926, in Terre Haute, to Luther and Bessie Smith. He graduated from Otter Creek High School in 1945 and enlisted in the Air Force. He received an honorable discharge in 1947 and returned to Terre Haute. He started to work for Shell Oil Company in Indianapolis, before attending Indiana Teachers College (now Indiana State University). While Marvin was completing his master's in education, he met and would marry his sweetheart, Constance Ragle in 1952.
Marvin's first teaching position was in Robinson, Ill., but the majority of his teaching career was at Terre Haute North High School, where he taught woodshop. Marvin had a second occupation as a general contractor and built approximately 45 homes in the Terre Haute area during his career.
After a 33 year career, Marvin retired from teaching in 1986 from Terre Haute North High School. He continued to build homes in the area but also spent time traveling with his wife visiting their children and grandchildren. Marvin was devoted to his family and highly skilled furniture maker making numerous pieces for his family such as grandfather clocks. He was an avid reader, golfer, historian, western art enthusiast, loved classical, country and easy listening music. Marvin was a 50-year member of the American Legion, member of Memorial United Methodist Church as well as Indiana Teachers Association.
Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, from 10 until 11:30 a.m. with a 30 minute service to follow at Memorial United Methodist Church in Terre Haute. In lieu of flowers, donations as a remembrance to Marvin is preferred: Great Lakes Hospice -https://secure.blueseaonline.net/greatlakes/ or by dialing 1-800-379-1600; Memorial United Methodist Church - umcmemorial.com/ or by dialing 1-812-234-0776
Published on January 6, 2018
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