DANIEL HOMER SMITH, 73, of Hicksville, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in his home with his family by his side. Born March 12, 1948, in Cecil, Ohio, he was a son of the late Henry H. and Angeline M. (Juranek) Smith. He graduated from Hicksville High School, and then enlisted in the United States Army, serving from 1967 to 1969. Daniel married Freida M. Brockelbank on Feb. 20, 1971, in St. Michael Catholic Church, Hicksville; she survives. Daniel worked as a truck driver for U.S. Foods for 32 years, retiring in 1998. Daniel also farmed his entire life and was a fan of John Deere equipment. Daniel was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Hicksville; the Hicksville American Legion Post 223 and Antwerp V.F.W. Post 5087. Daniel is survived by his loving wife, Freida M. Smith of Hicksville, Ohio; three sisters, Donna (Dan) Detmon of Mesa, Ariz., Dolly (Denny) Wann of Antwerp, Ohio, and Gladys Schooley of Edgerton, Ohio; two nieces and eight nephews, Kevin (Julie) Yoder, Calvin (Janell) Yoder, Kenny (Becky) Yoder, Craig (Amber) Yoder, Kay (Joe) Wilson, Brian (Rebecca) Fillmore, Brent (Tina) Fillmore, Don (Kerri) Schooley, Jason Schooley, and Chelsey (Darren) Hartz; 13 great nephews, 14 great nieces, and one great-great nephew, with another due in December of 2021. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; and Arnold (Gladys) McNeely, who raised him and his siblings after their parents' death. Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Hicksville, with visitation one hour prior to the funeral Mass beginning at 9:30 a.m. Father Daniel Borgelt officiating. Visitation also from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Oberlin - Turnbull Funeral Home, 706 North Main St., Hicksville, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. Burial will follow in Six Corners Cemetery, Hicksville, where Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Hicksville American Legion Post 223. Memorials in Daniel's honor can be directed to a charity of the donor's choice
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Published by Fort Wayne Newspapers on Oct. 7, 2021.