Joseph Smerdel Jr., 91, Carbon, formerly of Indianapolis, died Jan. 20, 2013, at Exceptional Living Center, Brazil.
He was born April 24, 1921, in Indianapolis, the son of Joseph Smerdel Sr., and Anna Smerdel.
He attended Catholic elementary school and at a young age, enlisted in the United States Navy.
He served for four years on several ships and his travels took him through the Panama Canal.
On his return home from the service, he began working for a foundry in Indianapolis and then later for Link Belt.
He worked as a boiler-keeper at Link Belt for more than 40 years.
On Feb. 7, 1948, Joe was united in marriage to Marie Melloh Smerdel. On their 50th wedding anniversary, Father Spicuzza performed a vow renewal service at Annunciation Church.
Following retirement, he and Marie moved to the Carbon area to be closer to their son.
Joe enjoyed fishing and was a very good bowler.
However, his first love was his faith, family and his grandson, J.J., was his pride and joy.
While in Indianapolis, he was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion.
He is a member of Annunciation Church, Brazil.
Survivors include his loving wife Marie Smerdel, son and daughter-in-law Dave and Laura Smerdel, also of Carbon, grandson J.J. Smerdel, Bloomington, Ind., several nieces, nephews and extended family.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brother Boyan Smerdel, and sisters Frieda Deshland, Margaret Finley and Josephine Freifl.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Thursday at 1 p.m., at French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave., Brazil, with Father John Hollowell officiating.
Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery with military rites provided by the Navy.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.