Fred was born on December 28, 1928 in Bristow, IN to Fred and Flora Smith.
He graduated from Bristow High School in 1947. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Indiana University and graduated from IU medical school in 1955. After graduation, Fred served an internship at Indianpolis General Hospital. He returned to Tell City in 1956 and joined Dr. Noel Neifert and Dr. Clark Lohoff in medical practice. Their practice was originally located in the Schrieber Drugstore building on Main Street in Tell City. Fred practiced medicine in Perry County for 20 years before retiring in 1975.
Fred married Tina June Albin on August 8, 1952 and 62 years of loving marriage followed. They had three children, Lahna Sue Smith, Nolan Kent Smith and Jonathan Scott Smith. In 1963, during his medical practice, Fred founded C & S Inc., a petroleum distribution company. The company is still in business today doing business as Circle S Food Marts convenience stores.
Fred served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Citizens National Bank in Tell City for 24 years from 1976-2001. In 1973, Fred was awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Otis Bowen for his service as Chairman of the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. In 1999, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen of the Year award presented by the Tell City Historical Society. In accepting the award Fred said: “ I am very honored to receive this award, however, there are many others in Perry County who have contributed as much or more than I have. I am privileged to have been named to such a distinguished group of people such as Edgar Schergens, Carl Zoercher, Chick Borders, Roy Fenn, Charles Schreiber and others.”
He was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather who will be remembered for his constant support of his family and his service to the community, county and the State of Indiana.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Flora (Epple), and his brother, Ronald.
Surviving is his wife, Tina; his daughter, Lahna (Richard) Fischer; and his two sons, Kent (Diane), and Jonathan; grandchildren, Kristin (Jon) Boehm, Erica Smith, Nolan M. Smith, Brianna Smith, and Chandler Smith.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 2:-8:00 PM CST at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Perry County Memorial Hospital or Indiana University School of Medicine.