Clifford Dean Smeltzer
Clifford Dean Smeltzer, 80, died Sunday, Oct. 13, at his home of natural causes.
He was born Aug. 14, 1939, in Wakarusa to Clarence and Mary (Yoder) Smeltzer.
Survivors include two sons, Dean (Suzy) Smeltzer, Winona Lake, and Allen (Debra) Smeltzer, LaGrange; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Melba Williams, Goshen; sister-in-law, Judy Smeltzer, Wakarusa; and longtime companion, Lois Yoder, Warsaw.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Glen, David and Dale Smeltzer; and two sisters, Viola Smeltzer and Ruth Newcomer.
A 1958 graduate of Wakarusa High School, he was a member of the Goshen Moose and the Wakarusa American Legion. He enjoyed fishing and horseback riding. Cliff retired after 45 years from Elkhart Products.
There will be no public services.
Memorial donations may be made in Cliff's memory to The Magical Meadows, 3386 E. 525 N., Warsaw, IN 46582.
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Published on October 15, 2019


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Ron & Jeanne Gugel
Oct 17, 2019
Our deepest sympathy in your loss of Cliff. What a great friend we have loss, so many memories of him up here at Tee Lake. It was so nice of you to have brought him up here for his bucket list a couple of years ago, it was so good to see him once again. May all of your memories of him help to ease his loss. Again we have loss a dear friend.
Moose and Leila Johnson
Oct 16, 2019
What great memories! Moose (Ron) worked with Cliff at Elkhart Products. They spent time together on fishing trips to Northern Michigan and Ohio. What I remember about Cliff is how very kind he was. He may have had a rough exterior but you saw through that pretty easily. We will miss you Cliff.
Dan & Amy Garl
Oct 16, 2019
We worked with Cliff for years at Elkhart Products and fished with him all through Michigan and Indiana. A fine friend, fisherman and all around great guy. WE will miss you terribly Cliff, together we had many great times!