John D. Smith Sr.

IRON MOUNTAIN – John D. Smith Sr., 92, of Iron Mountain, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Iron County Medical Care Facility, Crystal Falls.

He was born July 20, 1921, in Altoona, Pa., son of the late Charles and Elda (Ritz) Smith.

John served in the U.S. Army as Master Sargent beginning in 1942, and continued his service until being honorably discharged. He served in the 101st Airborne Division and the 7th Infantry Division. John served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict.

He married Franziska Mayer on Sept. 8, 1953, in Germany. They lived in Germany for a few years before moving to Texas. They later traveled to many other places and lived within the United States during his time of service. In 1983, they finally settled in Iron Mountain.

John was a member of American Martyrs Catholic Church. He was a life member of the Uren-Cooper Johnson American Legion Post 50 of Iron Mountain, VFW Post 3674 of Iron Mountain and the Michigan Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1879 of Iron Mountain where he served as State Commander.

John is survived by one son, John D. (Sue) Smith Jr., Huntington, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Melissa, Randy, Amanda, David (Patti), Christopher (Jennifer), Cami (Joe) and Casey; 17 great-grandchildren; one niece, Joyce Ann Koagler, Altoona; and nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Charles Herbert Smith, III; one brother, Charles Herbert Smith Jr.; and one sister, Mickey Rentz.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Fr. Joseph Gouin will officiate.

Burial will be in Dickinson County Memorial Gardens.

The American Legion Post 50, VFW Post 3674, and the the Michigan Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1879 will accord Military Honors at graveside.

You may light a candle in remembrance of John, or leave a condolence for his family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral, Iron Mountain, to honor John’s legacy of life.