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Robert J. Smith

Robert J. Smith, 87, of Payne, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Van Wert Hospital.

Robert was born in Highland Township, Defiance County on September 27, 1923, a son of the late Porte & Kathryn (Baum) Smith.

He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Leyte during World War II and also served during the Korean War.  He held a B.S. in Agriculture and a Masters of Education from Ohio State University. He was a member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Payne; 50 year member & past Master of Flatrock Masonic Lodge; 50 year member &  past Patron of the Eastern Star; 50 year member of  the Scottish Rite 30 year member of Mizpah Shriners; member of American Legion Post #297; 30 year member  Payne EMS Fire Dept. He served on numerous health committees and was a former Paulding County Veterans Commissioner.  He enjoyed coaching football & little league baseball. He was a Vocational Agriculture teacher at Payne & Wayne Trace Schools.  

On Dec. 26, 1954, he married Leah Williamson.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Leah; daughter, Marilyn (Roger) Johnson of Archbold; son, Terry (Vada) of Payne; sister, Norma (James) Stewart of Mill Creek, WA; brother, William of Payne; 4 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren. His brother, Richard preceded him in death.

His funeral service is at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 312 S. Main, Payne, at 2 pm on Saturday, March 12th,  with viewing one hour prior. Rev. Julia Ronngren will officiate.

Viewing is also Friday, 4 to 8 pm with Masonic rites at 8 pm at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne.

Burial is in Lehman Cemetery.

Memorials are to the church or Payne EMS.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

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Terry, Vada and family:  I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss.  I just found out today from Tom and wanted to send you a message letting you know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.  I know this is a very difficult time for you and I'm praying that God brings you the comfort and peace that only He can give to you during this time.  God Bless you!  Amy

Amy Axe Mar 14 2011 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your brothers death. We will not be able to be at the funeral home so we are sending you our heart felt condolences that we feel. You will get to see your brother when we get to go on to the next life that God has promised us. I will get in touch with you at a later time. You are in my prayers.

Mardell Jackson Mar 10 2011 12:00 AM

Terry and Vada, Even though I never had the honor of meeting your father, I am sure that he was a wonderful person. Terry, if your father was anything like you, then I know he was special.  Barb and myself thoughts and prayers are with you and the family through this difficult time. We love and miss you dearly. Rick Bell

Rick and Barbara Bell Mar 10 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Leah, Marilyn, Terry and families, Norma and Bill.....  we were saddened to learn of Bob's death.... but recognize that his pain and suffering has ended.  Like so many in the Community, we will fondly reflect on all of the good memories that we shared with your Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Brother. The memories abound......from getting the (Payne) football field ready on Friday for the 'big game' that evening to watching 'Primitive Pete' movies in Vo-Ag classes at dear ole' Payne High School to seeing him respond to the fire siren - always being the first at the fire house ( I'll not forget the one time when he was in such a hurry, that he literally ran over my new bicycle in the School parking lot!!!) ...'Smitty' was there...lending a helping hand.  I can still very clearly recall seeing him administer first aid to a person on the steps of the old St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne one Sunday morning.....(and that person's life was saved!!)  Yeah, it was evident to all of us that 'Smitty' loved the excitement of life....every facet of it...and we loved and admired him as well.. He was a great man, and we pray that God will bless us with more 'Smittys' in our lives. We thank God for the life of Bob...and we thank you for sharing him with us.  May the peace of God comfort you at this difficult time...and may the many fond memories of our 'Smitty' put and keep smiles on our faces. With our sympathy and love to you, Jim and Vicki Hooker, Mesa, Arizona.

Jim and Vicki Hooker, Mesa, Arizona Mar 9 2011 12:00 AM

Leah , Terry, and families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.What a great public servant he was, always ready to help in anyway he knew how. He made it a point to stop and say hello no matter how busy he was. Thinking of Bob with the respect. Our  deepest heart felt sympathy. Bud and Joyce Barrand

Bud and Joyce Barrand Mar 9 2011 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for the deep loss the family is experiencing.  I work at F & M and wanted to express to Marilyn and her family how very sorry I am.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.  Thank you,
Teresa Spangler

Teresa Spangler Mar 9 2011 12:00 AM

Marilyn and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. I hope you will find peace in the happy memories and laughter through your tears.  

Van and Lisa Hanenkratt

Lisa & Van Hanenkratt Mar 9 2011 12:00 AM