DELPHOS — Clyde (Ed) Smith, 67, of Delphos passed away suddenly Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 while vacationing with family in Cancun, Mexico.
He was born September 2, 1946, to Lynwood and Emily Smith, who preceded him in death.
On September 3, 1967, he married the former Kathleen Metzger of Vaughnsville.
He was a 1964 graduate of Columbus Grove High School where he participated in football, basketball, and track. Upon graduation, he attended Allied Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL. He was also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Ed retired from Proctor & Gamble in 1997.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Kathy Smith, of Delphos; two sons, Marc (Melisa) Smith of Delphos and Jeff Smith of Las Vegas, NV; sister, Ethel Maag of Columbus Grove; mother-in law, Helen Metzger, of Delphos, brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Sue Huth of Findlay; sister-in-law, Patsy Smith of Ottawa; half-brother Denny (Terri) Smith of Columbus Grove; half-sister, Debbie (Ted) Slusser of Columbus Grove; and multiple nieces and nephews. His grandchildren were the light of his life and included: Trey and Trysten Smith of Delphos; Colin and Addison Smith of Las Vegas.
He was preceded in death by a brother, David (Wayne) Smith, of Columbus Grove; and father-in-law, Howard Metzger of Vaughnsville.
Ed loved being involved in youth sports and showed it by coaching youth basketball in Delphos. He headed the Delphos Youth Hoopsters (DYH) for 8 years and was a proud supporter of Delphos Jefferson Athletics. Before moving to Delphos, he coached little league and pony league baseball in Columbus Grove and Vaughnsville. One could always find Ed in a local (or not so local) gym, coaching or watching a basketball game. Delphos has lost a truly caring and concerned community member.
Ed will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the countless youth athletes whose lives he touched over the last 40+ years.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6pm Saturday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with a Memorial Service to be held at 6pm.
At Ed's request, his body has been cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Delphos Jefferson Boys Basketball program.
Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, is in charge of all arrangements.