Earl Smith

Earl Smith, 85, of Cardo Road, Fort Loramie, Ohio, passed away of natural causes early Wednesday morning, Oct. 13, 2021, at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, Ohio. He was born Aug. 17, 1936, in Jamestown, Tenn., to the late Sam and Myrtie Beaty Smith. On July 8, 1961, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Newport, Earl married Thelma A. Meyer Smith who survives. Also surviving are eight children, Mike and Becky Smith of Piqua, Lynne and Don Buckingham of Fort Loramie, Patricia and Larry Phlipot of Houston, Debra Siefring and Steve Burghy of St. Marys, Stephen and Jana Smith of Augusta, GA, Pamela and Roger Masters of Clover, S.C., Ronald Smith and Heidi Dillard of Kansas City, Kans., and Angie and Mohamad Ndoye of Dayton; 25 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Clayton Smith of Indianapolis, Ind.; several brothers and sisters-in-law: Ralph Meyer of Coldwater, Sr. Norma Meyer of Cincinnati, Linus and Sylvia Meyer of Maria Stein, Harold and Janice Meyer of St. Marys and Mary Ann and Dave Groff of Fort Wayne, Ind.; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Kyle Masters; 12 siblings, Delphia Daniels, Hewey and Otis Smith, Delia Layne, Rosie Beaty, Clovis Smith, Velma Knotts, Stella, Clive, Josephine, Cluey and infant Calvin Smith; sister-in-law, Marilyn Meyer, and brother-in-law, Joseph Meyer.

Mr. Smith was a 1955 graduate of Rhea Central High School. Shortly following the Korean War, Earl served in the U.S. Air Force and had been stationed in Japan for 27 months. In 1995, he retired from the Marwil Products Co. in Fort Loramie where he had been employed 40 years. Earl was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and a past member of St. Remy Knights of Columbus. In his leisure, Earl enjoyed fishing and playing cards, especially Pinochle.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Newport with Rev. Steven Shoup presiding. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie.

Memorials may be made to the Fort Loramie Rescue Squad. Private condolences may be expressed at www.gehretfuneralhome.com.