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Rev. Robert L. Smith

Rev. Robert L. Smith, 98, of Fort Wayne, IN, and a former resident of Yoder, IN, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at the Markle Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Markle.

Rev. Smith was an ordained minister who served in pastoral ministry for 43 years. He served in eight churches in six states, with his last pastorate being at the Ossian Church of the Nazarene.

He was born Oct. 18, 1918, in Endicott, NY, to Leonard A. and Harriet Jeffery Smith. He married S. Joy Shafer on Aug. 16, 1941, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 2015.

Survivors include two sons, Paul (Joyce) Smith, of Fort Wayne, and John (Janet) Smith, of Wrentham, MA; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Calling is Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, from noon to 2 p.m., with a service following at 2 p.m., at Christ’s Community Church, 10616 Liberty Mills Rd., Fort Wayne. Rev. Michael Daling will officiate. Burial will be at Prairie Grove Cemetery, in Waynedale.

Memorial gifts may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, Nazarene World Missions or Christ’s Community Church in care of McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN 46750.

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