Martin George Smith, 75, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at St. Francis Nursing Home, Tiffin.
He was born June 9, 1937, in Fremont, to George Ralph and Esther Lucille (Longanbach) Smith. He married Judith Jane Dennison Nov. 24, 1961, at First Lutheran Church, Tiffin, and she survives.
He also is survived by three sons, Craig (Carol) Smith, Brett (Tammy) Smith and Bryan (Susan) Smith, all of Tiffin; his sister, Nora Jane (Mark) MacDowell of Fremont; brother, Bruce (Jan) Smith of Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, Jeremy (Jackie), Joshua and Jacob Smith, Matthew Smith, Selena Stagnolia, Catrina Fiske, 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. He served in the U.S. 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, he became co-owner of Crystal Traditions of Tiffin and helped out with their technical and glass furnace needs.
Martin was a scout, 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 Elks Lodge No. 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 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory, 135 N. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-1221. There will be no burial or visitation at that time.
Memorials can be made to Tiffin Columbian Pay to Participate Athlete Scholarship.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.