Homer L. SmithJanuary 19, 1939 ~ September 26, 2017 (age 78)
Homer L. Smith, 78 of Whiting, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Community Hospital, Munster. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Cecelia (nee Knapp); loving father of Lisa (Daniel Acevedo) Smith, Jennifer (Christopher) Anton and Susan (Chris) Gajewski; cherished grandpa of Amanda and Sarah Cote, Brandon Traub, Madison and Sydney Gajewski; dear brother-in-law of Kathy (Robert) Hawk and Al (Bunny) Knapp; proud uncle of Johnny, Jena, Jeff and Heather Hawk and Robert (Maura) Hawk; special cousins, Frannie, Phyllis, Boots and Cookie. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dollie Smith and Patricia Stiglitz and brother-in-law, John Stiglitz.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 9:30am at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting; a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting with the Rev. Mark R. Peres, C.PP.S., officiating; cremation to follow; visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00pm; parish wake service at the funeral home on Friday at 4:30pm.
Homer Smith was born on January 19, 1939 to Homer and Mary (Nardo) Smith and was a lifelong resident of the Whiting-Robertsdale Community. He was a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, Class of 1957 and an Army Veteran of the Viet Nam Conflict. Homer was a very talented mason and a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, #4-INK. He was a retiree of the Inland Steel Co., East Chicago with a service of 36 years, was a building inspector for the City of Hammond for over nine years and was the owner and operator of Smith Masonry for over 40 years. Homer’s work is visible throughout the Whiting-Robertsdale Community and Northwest Indiana. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed a good time at a casino. Devoted to his family, Homer will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the National Kidney Foundation, would be appreciated.