Orton Smith


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — On May 3, 2014 a memorial for Orton Kinney SMITH will be held in the chapel at Knollcrest Cemetery Rt #12, Arcadia, Ohio. Family and friends please Celebrate Ken's Life and share memories from 2:00-5:00PM at his granddaughter, Jessica Smith Thompson's home in Lima, OH. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be given to the American Red Cross.

Orton Kinney Smith, 85, passed away on January 21, 2014 in Florida. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sonia M Schofield Smith. Ken was born in Fostoria, OH on Nov 10, 1928 to Abraham L. and Georgia Burman Smith who are deceased. Also surviving are three children: Maria L. Smith of Seattle, WA; Owen Kirk Smith and Lori P. Smith both of St Petersburg, FL. Son, Alan L. Smith, preceded him in death April 26, 1990. Grand and great grandchildren are: Jessica Smith (Steve) Thompson; Joseph A (Liz) Smith and their son, Ethan of Lima, OH; Sara M Wallace, of St Petersburg, FL; Alan L Smith, Jr, of Findlay, OH, Alan's sister Katheryn Kingery and her children, Alexis Whitney, Hayden Ludwig, and Alan's brother, Miguel Kingery, with his children: Miguel Jr, Jordon and Jacob Kingery, all of Findlay, OH. Also surviving is Ken's sister, Gwendolyn L. Wilson of Findlay, OH and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Smith, a 1946 graduate of Findlay HS, was a master plumber/pipe fitter in Lima, OH before retiring. His family said he could fix anything. He enjoyed camping and outdoor skills as a Boy Scout leader for 15 years in OH. Moving to FL in 1986, he was a valued volunteer American Red Cross driver for over 20 years. Ken was certified a SCUBA diver in 1979, diving until 2002, and became active in the state organization, FSDA, (Florida Skin Diver Association.) He was the FSDA Treasurer from 1993 to 2012. His dive clubs were Lima Scubanauts, SCUPA and the Suncoast Reef Rowdies (FL). He enjoyed the hobbies of Videography and Genealogy. He and his wife Sonia enjoyed traveling all over the world making life long friends.

Published in The Lima News from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2014