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Ben B. Smith

January 9, 1926 ~ May 23, 2020 (age 94)

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Ben B. Smith, 94, of Lagro, passed away at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Wellbrooke of Wabash.  He was born on January 9, 1926, in Lunenburg, Arkansas, to the late Willie and Lillie F. (Shannon) Smith.  Ben married Shirley A. Fendrick on November 10, 1951; she passed away on August 29, 2011. 

Ben served in the United States Army during World War 2 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge earning the Bronze Star.  He retired, in 1988, from the railroad as a freight agent. Since 1950, he was a member of the Transportation Union. Ben was a member of the Christian Heritage Church in Wabash.

Ben is survived by two sons, Dr. Dale (Deana) Smith, of Elgin, Oklahoma and Paul (Linda) Smith, of Lagro; five grandchildren, Jamie (Brett) Stephens, Lynn (Andrew) Greenspan, Cory (Angel Nance) Smith, Kaitlin (Andrew) Duffy and Courtney (Neil) Miller; four great-grandsons, Adin Stephens, Axel Stephens, Warren Greenspan and Elijah Duffy; one brother, Eudell (Shirley) Smith, of Melbourne, Arkansas and one sister, Eudene Holt, of West Plains, Missouri.  He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Due to COVID concerns, the family will have private services.  The family is planning a celebration of life to be held at a later date.  

Preferred memorials are to the Christian Heritage Church, 2776 River Road, Wabash, IN  46992.

Funeral services have been entrusted to McDonald Funeral Homes, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992. 

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