After a life of sharing stories, jokes and hugs, tractor mechanic, husband, father, and grandfather, Dennis R. Smith, 65, of rural Tiffin, told his final story of life Monday, March 3, 2014, after battling cancer.
With a passion for anything mechanical and a home-grown farm boy, Dennis' life was an illustration of faith, personal integrity, compassion and laughter.
Dennis was born Sept. 15, 1948, in Toledo, to George A. and Eileen (Williams) Smith of Bowling Green. He was a graduate of former Glenwood High School, Canton, and the Nashville Auto Diesel College in Tennessee. Dennis married his soul mate, Patricia (Bostdorff) Aug. 21, 1971, in Bowling Green.
Dennis was always very proud of their children, Melissa (Jerome) Kong of Dublin and Heidi (Glen) Farmer of Sheboygan, Wis. He enjoyed spending time with his family, as well as sharing his love of tractors with his grandsons, Marshall Kong and Gabriel Farmer.
With a special fondness for the Allis-Chalmers' of his childhood, Dennis, or Smitty as he was known, was a mechanic for Streacker Tractor Sales for 42 years and a serviceman with the Ohio National Guard. "Dad Smith" to countless students his wife taught, he was one always ready to give and receive a hug and lend a helping hand, particularly as a member of Bascom United Methodist Church.
His funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424. Burial will follow at Sand Ridge Cemetery, Bascom.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the funeral home.
In place of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment (F.A.C.T.) of Seneca County or Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.