Jerome Dean "J.D." Smith, 82

Jerome Dean "J.D."  Smith, 82, of Wabash, died at 4:20 a.m., Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 at Parkview Wabash Hospital.  He was born Jan. 12, 1938 in Peru, to Thelba Ira and Lois (Sebree) Smith.

J.D. was a graduate of Butler Township High School in Miami County and received his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Pan Am International Flight Academy in Fla. He married Mary Ellen Bolinger in Peru, on July 20, 1958; she died Aug. 19, 2020. J.D. worked at RCA in Marion, retiring after 45 years, and was a lay pastor for 50 years. He was a member of the Wabash Alliance Church and attended the Treaty Church of Christ. J.D. was an active member of Gideons International and also handed out Bibles. He was a former director of the Wabash County Life Center and was involved in Wabash County Prison Ministries. J.D. loved serving the Lord, and enjoyed farming and watching high school sports. 

He is survived by three sons, Drew A. (Kelly) Smith of Wabash, Stuart G. (Michelle) Smith of Carmel, and Brian E. (Tere) Smith of Wabash; seven grandchildren, Aaron (Christine) Smith of Laketon, Danielle Smith of Muncie, Alexandria Smith of Noblesville, Katelyn (Corey) VanDuyne and Shane Smith, both of Wabash, Katherine Smith of Noblesville, and Tyler Smith of Dallas, Texas; great-granddaughter, Shadoe Richter of Laketon; and sister, Lynette (James) Blackman of Hertford, N.C.

He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Due to the Covid pandemic and J.D.'s request services will be private to the family. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.

Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Gideons International.

The memorial guest book for J.D. may be signed at

Posted on 2020 Nov 23