PORTAGE, IN - Jay Smith, age 73, of Portage, IN, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017. He was born on February 29, 1944 in Sullivan, IN to David and Willana (Holtzclaw) Smith.
Jay is survived by his loving wife, Elaine Smith; son, Michael (Kimberly) Smith; daughter, Lana (Al) Paulauski; brother, Joseph Smith; sisters: Garnetta (Charles) Williamson and Rose Morris; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and two sisters.
Jay was a United States Navy Veteran and was a very active member of Living Hope Church in Merrillville. He enjoyed traveling with Elaine and was an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast. Jay's life centered around his family.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:00 am at Living Hope Church, 9000 Taft St., Merrillville, IN 46410 with Pastor Todd Matchett officiating. Burial to follow at Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, IN. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at EDMONDS & EVANS FUNERAL HOME, 6941 Central Ave., Portage, IN 46368 and on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 10:00 a.m. at Living Hope Church. Online condolences to the family may be made at