Herman J. Smith age 93, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 8:18 A.M. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy. Herman was born March 16, 1923 in Versailles, Ohio to the late Raymond & Anna (Marchal) Smith.
Herman is survived by his wife, Virginia I. (Weaver) Smith whom he married August 20, 1949; children, Cheryl & John Goubeaux of Versailles, Marcia & Gary Davidson of Versailles and Duane & Georgette Smith of Versailles; grandchildren, Tracy & Neil Ranly, Brian Hemmelgarn and Jason & Lori Hemmelgarn; step-grandchildren, Brian Coppess, Brad Coppess, Jeffrey & Tina Davidson and Lori & Wes Grover; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Mason and Taylor; step-great-grandchildren, Landon, Ethan, Kaitlyn, Parker, Melina and Blake; brother & sister-in-law, Cyril & Jo Ann Smith of Union City, Ohio; sister, Anna Jean Wooten of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Herman was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ronald, Francis, Willard, Edgar and Norbert Smith; and sisters, Ruby Fullenkamp, Eileen Watercutter, Cecelia Young, Edna Wilt and Bernadine Deagle.
Herman served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He formerly co-owned Versailles Hi-Speed Oil & Gas from 1947 to 1950. Herman retired from Monarch in Sidney where he was a machinist from 1951 to 1991. Herman was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles; a life member of the Versailles V.F.W. post#3849 and member of the Versailles American Legion Post#435.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. James Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles with military honors conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. and Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County, State of the Heart Hospice, Versailles Emergency Medical Services or Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com