He was born in Darke County on January 3, 1929, son of the late David Oscar and Amy (Keever) Smith. Gerald worked for Hansbarger’s as a delivery man and then went to school to become a repair man. Later, Gerald opened his own business “Smitty’s Appliance Repair” which he operated for over 25 years. He loved wood working, spending time with his family and beloved friend, Maggie, his Pomeranian. Gerald loved his country and served honorably with the United States Army in WWII abroad in both Germany and France.
He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Janice (Collins) Smith whom he married on February 1, 1968; three sons, Dan Smith, Joe and Denise Best, and Ronnie and Jeanne Best; two daughters, Bonita and Tom Schlechty, and T.K. and Jeff Reigle; 11 grandchildren, Danny and Lori Smith, Krystal Smith and Ryan Bussell, Jason Best, Casey Best, Natalie and Chris Patterson, Shawn and Alisha Best, Dustin Best, Josh Best and Becky Stoltz, Hayley Buirley and Steve Spencer, Chelsea Buirley, and Haedon Schlechty; and 8 great grandchildren, Juniper Bussell, Landon Patterson, Ryan Best, Maddie Best, Robby Best, Camryn Best, Natalie Best, and Landon Smith.
In addition to his parents, Gerald is preceded in death by a son, Steve Smith; grandson, Shane Smith; three brothers, Keith Smith, Robert Smith and Floyd Smith; and three sisters, Nina Jones, Marge Truston and Bernice Channel.
The visitation will be Friday, October 30, 2009 from 9-11 AM at Storch Braund Funeral Home with the funeral service immediately following with the Rev. Eric Fee being asked to officiate. The Darke County Honor Guard tribute will commence the funeral service at 11:00 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Shelter. Services entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home, New Madison. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.storchbraundfuneralhome.com.