Thomas Eugene Smithmyer
Dec. 17, 1940 – Sept. 26, 2021
Thomas Eugene Smithmyer, 80, St. Augustine, died Sunday in the emergency room at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Ashville RD, son of the late Earl and Marie (Storm) Smithmyer.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Barbara Yeager and Alice (Tom) Farabaugh; and a brother, Ed.
Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Mary Lou Yahner, whom he married Oct. 20, 1962, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Chest Springs; 14 children: Mike (Marie Smith), Linda (Tim) Thomas, Gene (Crystal Pheasant), Jerry (Tami McMahon), Bob (Betsy Freeze), Mark (Karen Funicelli), Sharon (Dan) Fogle, Donna (Dan) Clifford, Mary Anne (Andy) McMullen, Frank (Kara Holtz), Fred (Natalie Garner), Karen (Tom) Nieri, Kevin (Brittany Anna) and Ginny (Dan) Anna; 35 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers: Earl (Alene), Dave (Judy) and Jack (Eileen); a brother-in-law, Al Yeager; and sister-in-law, Elaine Anna. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom was an Army veteran. He farmed in St. Augustine since 1966, where he and Mary Lou grew potatoes as well as corn, soybeans and grains. Tom was a longtime member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and served as Cambria County President at various times. He was a 4-H Leader of the Pleasant Hills Swine Club for more than 28 years.
Tom was also a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church since 1966, where he provided leadership in many capacities through the years. He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman, and his greatest joy was sharing his talent and passion with his children and grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Gibbons Funeral Home, 1688 Liberty St., Ashville, where a Vigil Service will be held.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Committal will be at St. Monica Cemetery, Chest Springs. Military Rites are in charge of Ashville VFW and other Local Military Organizations.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Cambria County Farm Bureau’s Scholarship Fund and/or St. Augustine Catholic Church in Tom’s memory.