Chester "Chet" Lee Smith, 74, of Brazil, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at 4 p.m. in his home.
He was born Nov. 4, 1929, in Spencer, Ind., to Leon and Gretchen Smith.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Brazil. He was also a member of the United States Air Force, which led to a distinguished career as an air traffic controller.
He retired in 1980 after 27 years of service at Hulman International Airport in Terre Haute. He was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees since 1980.
More than anything, he enjoyed his family. He was truly a family man and would want to be remembered as such.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Kivett Smith, whom he married July 30, 1950; three children and their spouses, Penny and Bill Schad, Patti and Mark Thomas and David and Lisa Smith; seven grandchildren, Greta Schad Turnage and husband Scott, Tisha Schad, Andrea, Alicia and Shawn Thomas, and Kascha and Kaleb Smith; one brother, Robert Smith and wife Rose; one sister, Donna Percher; a stepmother-in-law, Imogene Kivett; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Miller Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Sampson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Calcutta Cemetery.
If friends and family so desire, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1-800-ACS-2345, www.cancer.org. Contribution envelopes will be provided.