Roger L. Smith, 66, of Tiffin, passed peacefully to eternal life, at 8:40 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, on a beautiful fall day at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born May 3, 1947, in Santa Anna, Calif.
Roger is survived by his wife of 42 years, Pauline (Fatzinger) Smith. He was a loving father to his daughter, Kari (Javan) Rowe of Gahanna; and his son, Kyle Smith of Tiffin; his four grandchildren, Isaiah and Eden Rowe and Alivia and Tyson Smith. Roger will be missed greatly by his brothers and sisters-in-laws, Ed (Roberta) Fatzinger, Mark (Barb) DeBarbrie, Jerry Fatzinger; mother-in-law Annabell Fatzinger of Tiffin; several nieces; nephews; and many cousins.
Roger retired from the Tiffin Police Department after 17 years, working the last 7 years as a detective in the juvenile division. He then established the Roger Smith Insurance Agency in 1987 and was proud to be joined by his son Kyle in 1999. Roger was awarded many industry accolades through the agency. He was a member of the FOP No. 128 and an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder and served on many committees. Roger was raised in Detroit until he moved to Tiffin at the age of 13 and later went on to graduate from Tiffin Columbian High School.
If Roger wasn't working you could find him golfing, cooking out and watching Detroit Tigers. He coached youth baseball for many years. He enjoyed spending quality time with his grandchildren at Cedar Point and the water parks. Nothing made him happier than giving gifts to family, friends and his employees.
Roger will be remembered for his quick wit, his special way of telling stories, his wonderful smile, those big blue eyes and his genuine love of people. Our world is a better place for having known him.
Roger was preceded in death by his mother, Mary (Irwin) Smith, and father-in-law, Paul Fatzinger.
A celebration of Roger's life will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Tiffin with the Rev. Katie Treadway and Pastor Don Loving officiating.
Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home in Bloomville. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bloomville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fraternal Order of Police Shop with a Cop Program, Cleveland Clinic Brain Tumor Research Center or the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, which was a blessing from God at such a difficult time.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lindseyoldsfh.com.