Passing of Brother John W. Smith
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
John W. Smith, 79, a long-time resident of Rye Township, Perry County, passed away Sunday January 27, 2019, surrounded by his family and friends.
Born November 15, 1939, in Duncannon, he was a son of the late Jack and Emma (Shaffer) Smith. John is survived by his wife and loyal companion of 57 years, Peggy (Crossley) Smith. John and Peggy were always together sharing adventures and fun times. His children, Jonathan, of Wisconsin, Staci (Wayne), of California, and Tim (Sheila) of Pittsburgh, and grandchildren, Jenifer, David, Jordan and Kendall, were his life's pleasure. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Sandra Lantz; nieces, Delene Lantz and Autumn LaPenta; brother, Jack (June) and sister, Ann. His other true love, and constant in his life, was Keystone Farm – the land he walked on, lived on and found peace on was his quiet world.
As a member of Local #520, Plumber and Pipefitters Union, he worked as an HVAC Technician at Three Mile Island with United Technologies, and later with Carrier Corp. John served in the U.S. Army, prior to his Honorable Discharge. He was a 50-year member of Perry Masonic Lodge #458 F.& A.M., and, was a Shriner and Zembo Temple member since 1972. John also gave back to his community as a member of the Rye Township Zoning Hearing Board. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service at 1:30 P.M. on Thursday January 31, 2019 in the Ronald C.L. Smith Funeral Home, 325 North High Street, Duncannon. The family will greet friends, from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M., prior to the service. The Celebration of John's life will continue at the Marysville V.F.W., 795 Valley Street, beginning at 3:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Perry County Veterans Affairs, Courthouse Box 37, New Bloomfield, PA 17068, or the charity of your choice. Those wishing to share memories with the family, or offer condolences, are invited to visit BitnerCares.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ronald C.L. Smith Funeral Home, Duncannon.