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Donations in honor of Merrill Smith being accepted at DCCF 

Updated: Jun 6

Memorial checks were stolen last week

(GREENSBURG, Ind.) – There is an opportunity to honor Merrill Smith while helping the future of Decatur County. 


The beloved Greensburg resident passed away at the age of 71 on May 22. 


Community members had written memorial checks to the Merrill and Linda Smith Fund at the Decatur County Community Foundation as well as First Christian Church. 


However, those memorial checks were stolen from the Smith residence after his funeral last week. The sheriff’s office is investigating the burglary.


Despite the terrible act, there is a way that you can contribute and honor Smith. 


The Merrill and Linda Smith Fund was established prior to his passing and it is a fund that will be around a longtime. It was created to make a long-term difference in the community. Projects could range from parks and trails improvements, feeding the hungry, education, helping volunteer fire departments and more. 


You're encouraged to stop by the Decatur County Community Foundation or click here to submit a donation to a verified secure location to the Merrill and Linda Smith Fund.


Merrill was well-known in the agricultural industry, he founded Farmers Feeding the Flock, served as a volunteer at Greensburg Community Bread of Life, and was involved in several non-profits and community projects.


“He is irreplaceable for how much he did for the community, it would take three people to replace what he quietly did in the background. This fund will help make the things happen in the community that he was passionate about,” said DCCF Executive Director Tami Wenning. 


Several community members are reflecting on Smith's legacy including former State Representative Cleo Duncan.  


“Merrill was just a wonderful human being, he was always thinking of others,” Duncan told The 812. “It wasn’t just about what he did for the community but also how he encouraged others to do good things. He was always looking to find the good in people.”

Smith founded Farmers Feeding the Flock

Greensburg resident Bill Hadler is also sharing his thoughts following the burglary.


“For those of you that wrote a check as a memorial for Merrill Smith I would suggest contacting your bank to put a "stop pay" on that check. My wife and I did and we immediately wrote a replacement check and personally hand delivered it to the recipient,” Hadler suggested.


Smith made an incredible impact on the area and we encourage you to submit a memorial check in his honor. You can read more about Merrill's life by clicking here.

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