Michael F. J. Smolen

December 11, 1947 - June 23, 2014

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Michael Francis James Smolen went home to be with the Lord at 11:30 on Monday, June 23, 2014, while visiting family in Evansville, Indiana. Mike was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts on December 11, 1947, the son of Frank and Gertrude Smolen.
Mike left a heritage of faith, hard work, and love. He was a man of integrity who loved the Lord and who was wholeheartedly committed to his family and friends.
He graduated from Purdue and Central Michigan University and served his country as a Captain in the United States Air Force.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, RuthAnn; his loving children, Jeffrey & Rachel Smolen of Evansville, IN; Jennifer & Dan Luce of Valparaiso, IN; and Craig & Melody Smolen of Tampa, FL; Mike is also survived by 13 grandchildren, whom he loved deeply; Marcy, Matt, Mallory, Micah, Mandy, Drew, Hannah, Haddie, Corban, Conner, Ben, Hunter, and Gabe; his sister Sandra & Kenneth Kopas of the Dominican Republic; and his sister Janice Taylor of Hudson, Mass.
Visitation will be 4-7 PM Friday, June 27, 2014 at Covenant Church, 211 Knox Drive, West Lafayette, IN. Graveside service will be at 11 AM Saturday at Camden Cemetery in Camden, IN. Memorial Service will be 1 PM Saturday at Covenant Church. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to contribute to Covenant Church in Mike’s memory.