Gayle E. “Gizzy” Smith

Last Updated on April 22, 2015 by cassnetwork

smithGayle E. “Gizzy” Smith, age 93, Logansport, passed away at 11:47 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at his residence.

Born in Detroit on March 30, 1922, he was the son of Jesse and Ruth Ayres Smith.

On April 17, 1945, he was married in Logansport to Winifred E. Skelton, who preceded him in death on September 24, 1986.

A 1942 graduate of Logansport High School, Gizzy served in the United States Marine Corps following graduation. He was a member of the American Legion Post 60 and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3790.

He was a proud member of the Logansport Fire Department, retiring in 1968. Members of the Logansport Fire Department will provide an honor guard for the service.

He then worked at Wilson Foods, retiring in 1983. He also operated Smith Mowing.

Gayle was also a 50-year member of Tipton Lodge #33 F&AM. He attended Cross-Wind United Methodist Church.

Gizzy enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and his dogs Sam and Bruiser. He also enjoyed eating breakfast at Bullshippers Cafe.

Surviving are his children, Gail (Alan) Kaufman, Logansport, Joseph (Carolyn) Smith, Greentown and John (Patty) Smith, Logansport; ten grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

A daughter, Susan Hayes, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Kroeger Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. A Masonic Service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The funeral will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015, also at Kroeger Funeral Home, with Rev. Dr. George Plasterer officiating.

The family requests casual clothing for those attending the visitation or funeral.

Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Cass County. Uniformed members of the United States Marine Corps and the local Veteran’s Honor Guard Detail will provide full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, or any favorite charity.

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