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Darryl A. Smith, age 85, of Madison, Indiana, and the son of the late William B. and Charlotte M. (Reynolds) Smith, was born September 12, 1938, in Charles City, Iowa. Upon graduation from high school, he entered into the United States Army where he was trained as a combat medic. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Charles City to work in the Oliver Tractor Company as a time keeper. He entered the Mason City Junior College and earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Business. He transferred to the State College of Iowa, which is now known as the University of Northern Iowa, to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Education. He accepted a position as a vocational teacher with the Madison Consolidated School system in Madison, Indiana in 1964. He went on to earn his Master of Science Degree from Indiana University Bloomington. He continued to teach vocational marketing, business courses, and the Distributive Education Clubs of America until his retirement in 1997. He was an assistant football coach, head wrestling coach, and film person until he retired. He accepted a position as State Trustee for the Ivy Tech Community College for five years. He was also the film person for the Hanover College football program from 1998 to 2009.
In 1997, he accepted a position with the Vail-Holt Funeral Home and continued to work for Woodlawn Funeral Chapel as a funeral associate for many years, where he enjoyed the opportunity to serve former students, friends, and his community during their time of grief. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church where he often served as a chalice person in the early service, helped with the bulletins, and once as the Vestry Junior Warden. He was also a member of the Jefferson and Indiana State Retired Teachers Association, Moose Lodge Family Centre, life member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Madison Elks Lodge, National Rifle Association, and the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. Darryl had a deep love and respect for Kiwanis. He was a twenty-five year Legion of Honor Member, Past Lt. Governor of the Scenic Hills Division, recipient of Col. J.L. McCulloch Award and the George F. Hixson Fellow Award, past president of the Madison Kiwanis Club, and was Kiwanian of the Year. At the Kiwanis Club of Scottsburg, he served as past president, vice president, and membership chair person. He also attended several International Kiwanis Conventions. Darryl was also very passionate about shooting sporting clays and fishing.
On February 10, 1978, he was united in marriage to the former Winnie B. Burkhardt in Springfield, Tennessee, and they were blessed with five children, eight grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren. They were most proud as grandparents that their eight grandchildren all have college degrees. Mr. Smith passed away on Friday, September 22, 2023 at the River Terrace Health Campus in Madison.
His life will be cherished by his daughter: Donna Hallgarth and her husband, Buck of Madison; his step-daughters: Sheri Rogers and her husband, Randy of Madison, and Peggy Swing and her husband, Randy of Bloomington, Minnesota; his step-son: Norman Smith of Madison; his grandchildren: Melissa Tartock, Deanna Hutson, Mark Smith, Brad Smith, Steven Smith, David Smith, Jeff Swing, and Tim Swing; his great-grandchildren: Jalayna Hutson, Lylah Hutson, Tristen Smith, Katelynn Alvey, Lucas Smith, Casey Smith, Jacob Smith, Ty Smith, Eden Smith, Brody Smith, Mary McBride Smith, Carrie Ella Smith, Lewis Burkhardt Smith, Logan Swing, Stella Swing, Aidan Swing, and Siena Swing; his daughter-in-law: Mary Alice of Tullahoma, Tennessee; and his close friend: Judy Wright of Madison. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Winnie Smith who passed away on August 31, 2018.
The Reverend Mary Slenski will conduct funeral services at 11:00 AM Friday, September 29, 2023 at Christ Episcopal Church, 506 Mulberry Street, Madison, with interment to follow in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. Friends and family may call at the Lytle Welty Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Vail Chapel from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, September 28, 2023, and from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Friday.
The Madison Elks Lodge #524 will conduct memorial services at 7:30 PM on Thursday at the funeral home. The honor guard of the Major Samuel Woodfill Post #9, American Legion will conduct military honors at the cemetery.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Phi Beta Psi Cancer Research Project or the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Contributions may be made at the Lytle Welty Funeral Home or below.