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Howard L. Smith, long-time resident of Hamilton County, died on October 4 at the age of 93 in his home town of Tiffin, Ohio. Following time working and living in several Ohio communities and Oklahoma, Smith resided in the Cincinnati area for more than 40 years. During that time he worked for more than 30 years as a sales manager of the Dry-Cleaning Products Division of Emery Industries, and vice president of its successor, Fabritec International. While at Emery and Fabritec, Smith was highly regarded in the garment- and drapery-care industry and was a popular speaker at regional and national trade conventions. As a resident of Montgomery, Smith was active in public service to the City and to the Sycamore School District. As President of the Montgomery City Council, he was widely recognized for his leadership in preserving both the residential character of the community and the historic central business area through the establishment of a planned development district. In active retirement, Smith turned to his passions in farming and the late-19th century history of the Tiffin area. He developed a prize-winning Shorthorn cattle herd in Clermont County and later in Tiffin. Returning to Tiffin in 1993, Smith turned his long-time interest in local history into weekly columns for the Advertiser-Tribune newspaper. Howard Smith is survived by his sons Jay, of O'Fallon, Illinois, and Gary, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, along with grandson Alexander Smith of Belleville, Illinois, and sisters Betty Bowman, of Tiffin, and Martha Weber, of Bellevue, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Marjorie Dunteman Smith, and siblings Helena Hiser, Irene Loy, and Gilbert Smith of Tiffin, and Arthur Smith of Fremont, Ohio. In-lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library or to the Tiffin Historic Society. The Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory in Tiffin is assisting the family with their arrangements. On-line condolences may be left for the family by please visiting at: http://www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Oct. 7, 2013