L. Earl Smith
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TIRO: L. Earl Smith, age 89, resident of Tiro died Sunday, May 25, 2014 in Crestwood Care Center.
Born March 31, 1925 in Vernon Twp., Tiro, Ohio to Lester and Minnie (Eckstein) Smith, he had been a Tiro area resident the majority of his life. A 1943 graduate of Tiro High School, he was an officer in the FFA and the recipient of the state farmer award. A veteran of the US Navy he served during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific theater. While in the Navy, he received diesel engine training at the University of Illinois. He was employed as a pressman for 42 years with the Shelby Salesbook and farmed for many years.
Earl was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Leesville, the Shelby American Legion Post #326 and the Ohio Farm Bureau. Earl truly loved farming and felt most at home tending to his land.
Surviving are his wife, Arlene (Brown) Smith whom he married September 25, 1949; two sons, Ronald (Rhonda) Smith of Houston, TX and Richard "Rick" (Jody) Smith of Kewaunee, WI; three grandchildren, Brad (Leslie) Smith, Aaron Smith and Kristin (Mark) Fondriest; three step-grandchildren, Sarah Davis, Kathryn Davis and Renee Wehring; one sister, Glenna McCoy of Shelby; brother-in-law, Arlo Brown of Bucyrus; sister-in-law, Gladys Brown of Bucyrus; special nieces and nephews, Janet, Lonnie, Joyce and Doug; other nieces, nephews and relatives.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Roger Smith; four sisters, Esther Smith, Mildred Copeland, Miram Stoodt and Ruby Schimpf.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Leesville. Reverend Richard Genzman will officiate with interment in Sandusky Cemetery. Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorial expressions may be made to the Sandusky Cemetery, the St. John's Lutheran Church or the
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com.
Barkdull Funeral Home
33 N Gamble St Shelby, OH 44875
Published in the Telegraph-Forum on May 27, 2014