John Henry Smith, 88, of Linden, passed away at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center on Saturday, July 13, 2013. He was the husband of Judith A. Gerheim Smith with whom he shared 48 years of marriage.
John was born in Pine Run, Pa., and was the son of the late J. Roscoe and Margaret Brooks Smith.
John served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years active duty and then went onto serve for over 29 years in the Naval reserves.
John was a member of the Lycoming Christian Church. He loved the outdoors, was an avid hunter, competitive shooter and coach to many, including instructing a course to the Navy Seals in Norfolk, Va. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Bald Eagle Rifle League, PA Rifle & Pistol Association, Original PA 1000 Yard Bench Rest Club and the Lycoming County Consolidated Sportsman Club.
John is survived by his wife, Judith; a son Mark A. Smith of Jersey Shore; two daughters, Eileen Graboski (Edward) of Williamsport and Leslie A. Stokes (John) of South Williamsport; a step-daughter, Shawna R. Hakes (Victor) of Williamsport; a brother, Clyde Smith of Dewart, Pa.; a sister, Helen Day of Jersey Shore; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
John was predeceased by a daughter, Bonita Younkin; two brothers and three sisters.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend John's Life Celebration on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Lycoming Christian Church, 20 Chapel Hill Road, Linden, Pa. The family will receive guests from 1 to 2 p.m. and a memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Ron Savits officiating the service. Interment will be private.
In John's memory, memorial contributions may be made to the Bald Eagle Rifle League, P.O. Box 165, Avis, PA 17721.
The funeral arrangements are in the care of the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd. "A Life Celebration Home."
To share your fondest memories of John, please visit www.lifecelebration.com.