Derek Smith


HAMILTON, Ind. -- Derek W. Smith, 68, Hamilton, passed away Monday, November 5, 2012, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was born on November 8, 1943, in Defiance, Ohio, the son of Clarence and Belva (Hageman) Smith. Derek was a 1961 graduate of Fairview High School and attended Defiance College for two years. On April 2, 1966, he was united in marriage with Diane Doeden. Derek served in the U. S. National Guard. Derek was owner of Hi-Lanes Bowling Alley in Hicksville for 15 years. He was also a professional bowler for 10 years, a race car driver, restored classic cars and currently owned Derek Smith Engines.

He was a member of Central Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Derek was previously a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Hicksville, where he was a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir. He was also a member of the Hicksville Rotary Club, Professional Bowlers Tour and National Dragster Organization. He loved his grandchildren.

Derek is survived by his wife, Diane; a daughter, Cynthia (Mark) Sordelet of Fort Wayne, Indiana; a son, Brett Smith of Florida; grandchildren, Jake and Summer Sordelet and Noah and Allison Smith; two sisters, Leazon Repar of Toledo, Ohio, and Marjorie Myers of Hicksville, Ohio; three brothers, Greg of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Brad and Rex of Defiance, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service for Derek will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center at Central Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Visitation will be prior to the service from 5-7 p.m. at the church.

Memorials may be made to Central Church Missions or World Vision. Online condolences may be shared at

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