Charles I. Smith Jr. “Chuck” of Chesterton passed away on April 1, 2011. He
He is survived by his cherished wife of 45 years, Karan (Masterson) Smith;
children Charles “Chip” Smith of Surprise, Ariz. and Katherine “Kitty”
(husband Brad) Cavanaugh of Valparaiso; grandchildren Courtney, Zackary and
Rebecca Smith and Marissa, Sarah and Sophia Cavanaugh; sisters Marian
Garrity of Dundalk, Md. and Louise Smith of Dover, Del.; sisters-in-law Gena
(John) Morrow of Hebron, Dorothy Arndt of Chesterton, Edith Waugaman of
Washington, Bonnie Pruitt of Westville, and Leslie Roberts of Chesterton;
special cousin Lois Fancher-Wiesemann; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles I. and Margaret (Lundin)
Smith; brother William Olsen; nephew Tommy Young; niece Dawn Comer; and four
brothers-in-law William Arndt, James Garrity, Bill Roberts and Dale Waugaman.
Chuck was a graduate of Dundalk High School and the University of Colorado.
He was a licensed Master Electrician in Michigan and Journeymen inside
wireman for IBEW Local 531 out of LaPorte for 30 years. He served as an
Electronic Technician for the U.S. Coast Guard and was affiliated with the
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors. Chuck was an active parent in
Babe Ruth and Little League baseball with his son growing up. He was a
member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where in his earlier years he was a
Sunday Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, a choir member, and a member
of the board of directors. He was a member of the Porter Fire Department and
served on the town board. After retirement he tutored at Ivy Tech Community
College in Valparaiso for several years.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem
Lutheran Church, 2050 W. 1100 N., Chesterton, with Rev. Jane Aicher
officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at
the Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton. Cremation will
be performed by Heritage Crematory, Portage. In lieu of flowers, donations
can be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, or the VNA Hospice of Porter
County. Online condolences may be left for the family at