John L. Smith, 59, of Ossian, passed away on Friday evening, Sept. 6, 2019, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 26, 1959, in Fort Wayne to Troy M. and Iona M Dawson Smith. He attended Norwell High School. John worked for Standard Plastics in Bluffton and was the owner/operator of S & H Roofing and Construction for 15 years. 

John and Diane S. Smith were married Feb. 5, 1995, in Ossian.

Survivors include his wife, Diane of Ossian; along with seven children, Tiffany (Eric) Bendes, Kristi (Loren) Landis, Amy Smith, Dillon Smith, Athena (Les) Bagley, Amanda (Charles) Seidenstricker, all of Bluffton, and Jamie Aldred of Decatur.

He was a loving Papa to 11 grandchildren, Jacob, Conner, Madi, Elijah, Austin, Arissa, Kyler, Xyzavier, Kree, Audrey and Preston.

John is also survived by his siblings Kim (Rob) Banas of Bluffton and Rodney Smith of Fort Wayne.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Iona Smith; and siblings, Sharon Meli, Sue Newton and Sara Smith.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton with Pastor Tony Robles and Pastor Arley Higginbotham officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Ossian. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and for one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in John’s memory to Community Cares of Wells County.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton.  Friends can send online condolences to John’s family at