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Thomas Eugene Smithmyer, 80, of Saint-Augustin, 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 predeceased by sisters Barbara Yeager and Alice (Tom) Farabaugh; and a brother, Éd.

Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, former Mary Lou Yahner, whom he married on October 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); one brother-in-law, Al Yeager; and her sister-in-law, Elaine Anna. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Tom was an army veteran. He had been a farmer 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 on several occasions. He was the Pleasant Hills Swine Club 4-H leader for over 28 years.

Tom has also been a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church since 1966, where he has provided leadership in several capacities over the years. He was a longtime hunter and fisherman, and his greatest joy was sharing his talent and passion with his children and grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 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 am on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. The engagement 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 the Cambria County Farm Bureau scholarship fund and / or St. Augustine Catholic Church in memory of Tom.

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