Herman A. Smith, 83, of Sullivan, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2004 at Sullivan Health & Living Center.
Born Feb. 23, 1921 in Sullivan County, he was the son of William Henry and Ethel (Johnson) Smith. His wife of 63 years was Norma Lee (Hassinger) Smith of Sullivan.
He was owner and operator of Smith Oil Company in Sullivan for 26 years. Smith was a five-term mayor of the City of Sullivan form 1964-72 and 1984-96. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, and was involved in numerous civic organizations; Sullivan County Jaycees, Sullivan Rotary Club, the Sullivan Elks 911, Indiana West Central, Terre Haute Zorah Shriners, 32nd Degree Mason, Sullivan Masonic Lodge, Sullivan County Park & Lake, Sullivan American Legion, and the Sullivan Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and taught Sunday School for 55 years. He was a 1938 graduate of Gerstmeyer Technical High School and attended Indiana State University. In June 2001, Gov. Frank O'Bannon awarded Smith with a Sagamore of the Wabash.
Survivors include: his wife Norma Lee Smith of Sullivan; one son Jim Smith and his wife Susan of Sullivan; three daughters, Marilyn and her husband Carl Bruce of Columbus, Miss., Sally Green of Terre Haute, and Susan and her husband Tom Ridge of New Lebanon; three brothers, Wayne Smith of Dallas, Texas, Charlie Smith of Dallas, Texas, and Billy Ray Smith of Arkansas; a sister Thelma Anderson of Florida; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church in Sullivan with Pastor Paul McGlasson officiating. Cremation is scheduled and family members will gather for a private graveside service at a later date.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Presbyterian Church, 201 North Main St., Sullivan, Ind., 47882.
Alexander-Kean Funeral Home, Sullivan is in charge of the service.