Martin George Smith

Martin George Smith

TIFFIN: Martin George Smith, 75, died at 2:15 on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at St. Francis Nursing Home, Tiffin, Ohio. He was born on June 9th, 1937 to George Ralph and Esther Lucille (Longanbach) Smith in Fremont, Ohio.

On November 24, 1961, he married Judith Jane Dennison at the First Lutheran Church in Tiffin, Ohio, and she survives.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; his three sons Craig (Carol) Smith, Brett (Tammy) Smith, and Bryan (Susan) Smith of Tiffin; his sister Nora Jane (Mark) MacDowell of Fremont; and brother Bruce (Jan) Smith of Tennessee; his grandchildren Jeremy (Jackie), Joshua, and Jacob Smith, Matthew Smith, Selena Stagnolia, Catrina Fiske, and Sean Cummings, and Drew, Payge, Brooke, and Zayne Smith; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister Rose.

Marty graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1955 and from Terra Technical College in 1986 with an associate's degree in robotics.

Marty served in the Navy from 1956-1960. He was self-employed and ran a service station in New Jersey, then returned to Tiffin and worked at National Machinery, Oscar Mayer, and retired from American National Can in 1996. After that time, became a co-owner of Crystal Traditions of Tiffin and helped out with their technical and glass furnace needs.

Martin was a scout and was a member of the Order of the Arrow and served as a troop leader while his sons were young. He officiated football, basketball and track in and around Seneca County. Marty was a member of the Elks Lodge #94 where he served as the Exhaulted Ruler in 2003 and 2007. He loved sports and enjoyed attending all his children and grandchildren's athletic and extracurricular events. Marty also spent many hours with his dogs Pepper and Spicer.

There will be a memorial ceremony at the Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory in Tiffin on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. There will be no burial or visitation held at that time.

Memorials can be made to Tiffin Columbian Pay to Participate Athlete Scholarship. On-line condolences may be left for the family at

Funeral Home

Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory - Tiffin
135 North Washington Street Tiffin, OH 44883
(419) 447-1221

Published in the News-Messenger on Oct. 25, 2012