Byron Smith III, 75, of Valparaiso passed away on January 6th, 2024. He was born October 2, 1948 in Chicago, IL to Lois (Jordan) and Byron Smith Jr., graduated from Valparaiso High School, earned a Bachelors of Science from Miami University and a Masters in Mathematics from Florida State University. Byron served as President of Smith Nuppnau Ready Mix while also teaching evening classes in mathematics at Valparaiso University and Purdue University’s Westville campus. He also loved umpiring softball games for the Valparaiso Park District for many years. Byron was a lifelong Rotarian and served on the Board of Directors of Indiana Federal Bank.
Survivors include his siblings Janet Smith Ward of Charlotte, NC, Carol Smith (Robert Stocco) of Bellingham, WA, Paul Smith (Debbie) of Highland Park, IL and Douglas Smith (Wendy) of Valparaiso along with 4 nieces, 5 nephews, one great niece and his partner Jennifer Samble with whom he enjoyed traveling to watch collegiate and pro sports including his beloved Chicago Cubs and Bears.
A visitation will be held Friday January 12th from 12-2 PM at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso with funeral service beginning at 2:00 PM and burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery.
What a kind, thoughtful and gentle man Byron was to me as he taught me the ropes umpiring softball for the Valpo Parks. We spent many evenings together, where he would often bring me a pop and talk so sincerely to each player, spectator and this 18-year old newbie! I never saw him yell, be upset or carry any sort of grudge. After moving away, I was able to connect on a few occasions over lunch or a get together, where he always acted as if we were the only ones that mattered...asking sincere questions and listening intently. I wish I could be there Friday to hug the family, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love that Byron was able to do all the things he loved throughout his life. A life well-lived! -Michelle Schumacher
I am very sad to hear of Byron’s passing. I met him only 7 months ago, but I enjoyed speaking with him while learning the craft of umpiring beer league softball. He was incredibly wise and always encouraging. I will certainly miss his presence. My condolences to his family and friends. -Larry W Atkins
A good man has been lost too soon. I have had much in common with By: the MAC and our closest tie, Florida State where we both earned degrees. He would always keep me posted on big wins by many different sports and would often wear FSU gear. I will miss this relationship, -Bill Steinbrecher
Byron and I were classmates from our beginning school years at Northview thru High school. Both of us were locals that stayed here all these years. When his Mom, Lois was at The Pines Village and our church would go there and the choir sing-she'd come up to me afterwards and say-" Do you know who I am?" I'd say-"of course, Byron's Mom." He was always a kind and gentle man-his wings were ready but our hearts were not . Until we meet again-prayers and peace to the family. -Diane Reynolds Yeager