William T. "Bill" Smith, 77, of Tiffin, passed away Tuesday evening, Feb. 4, 2014, at his home.
He was born Oct. 2, 1936, in Tiffin, to the late Milton and Rosemary (Bender) Smith. He married Mary Bernadette Fleck Dec. 28, 1963, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Bernadette; son, Dan Smith of Worthington; two daughters, Julie (Larry) Teague of Columbia, S.C., and Janet (Matt) Guehl of New Albany; one granddaughter, Ella Nicole Guehl; and one brother, Ed (Gerry Opp) Smith of Tiffin.
Bill graduated in 1955 from Tiffin Columbian High School, attended Tiffin University and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin. He enlisted in the United States Navy in October 1953 while still attending high school, and was discharged in February 1957 to transfer to the United States Army. While in the Army, he worked with building anti-aircraft missiles and was honorably discharged in April 1963.
After his military service, Bill had several positions, which included working at The Advertiser-Tribune, owning the north end Marathon service station and Smitty's M&R, both in Tiffin. He retired in 1998 from Smiley Tire, Fremont, was past president of the Tiffin Kiwanis Club, a member of the Knights of Columbus Lodge No. 608 and volunteered at many organizations. Bill enjoyed camping, playing euchre, woodworking and having coffee with friends.
His memorial Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin, at a later date.
Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. at the church, until the time of his service Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tiffin Kiwanis Club or a charity of the donor's choice.
Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home and Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, (419) 447-2424, has been entrusted with arrangements.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.