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H. John Smith

June 26, 1939 ~ August 11, 2022 (age 83)
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H. John Smith, a renowned local artist, 83, of Boonville, IN, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN.

H. John was born on June 26, 1939 in Cooperstown, NY, to the late Harold and Ruth (Foster) Smith. He was a renowned and awarded artist, including awards for best in show. He has had his works displayed in the Evansville Arts Museum, Ellis Park, Solarbron, Riverwind Gallery, Hoosier Salon of Indianapolis, the Audubon State Park Museum and the Ohio Valley Art League just to name a few.  H. John also has had his work published in the American Society of Marine Artists, which has been on a National Tour.

H. John took pride in his academic background, having earned an Associate’s Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, NY, a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts at University of Evansville, and had also attended Ithaca College. He had worked as the Graphics Director at Evansville Press and for many years and worked with Grant Gerling at Gerling Insurance and Gerling Assured Financial Resources.  Other life ventures include acting at the Civic Theater and even being a pilot.  H. John proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.

H. John is survived by his wife, Elaine (Binhack) Smith; children, Katherine Kehder (Matthias) and Trent Smith (Mayra); step-children, Jen Rausch (Aaron) and Amber Ellis (Jon); grandchildren, Charlotte, Caroline and Conrad Kehder; step-grandchildren, Abram Rausch, Everett Rausch and Luna Ellis; nephews, John Miller (Tasha) and Michael Fazio; and niece, Ruth Fazio.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Harold and Ruth Smith; and sisters, Barbara Miller and Becky Fazio.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Crossroads Christian Church, 10800 Lincoln Avenue, Newburgh, IN. Burial will be Private.

Friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until service time, Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Crossroads Christian Church.

Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN, is honored to serve the family of H. John Smith.

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August 13, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Crossroads Christian Church
10800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715

Celebration of Life
August 13, 2022

4:00 PM
Crossroads Christian Church (Lincoln Avenue, Newburgh)

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