Friday, July 17, 2020

Nelson R. Smith (July 7, 2020)

Nelson R. Smith, 66 of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Tuesday July 7, 2020 at 10:20 AM at Hospice of Miami County Care Center, Troy, Ohio. He was born January 3, 1954 in Piqua, Ohio the son of the late Norbert R. & Genevie M. (Barton) Smith. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Saratoga (CV-60) during the Vietnam War. He worked at Corning Glass and BASF retiring in 2014.

He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church, and the American Legion; he loved woodworking and shooting pool.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his grandson: Matthew Smith.

He is survived by his wife: Lisa Kay (Hix) Smith of Versailles whom he married September 29, 2012; his children: Brian Smith of Blacklick, Ohio, Jarrid J. & Amy Smith of Greenville, Dana A. Smith of Tampa, FLorida; his grandchildren: Jonathan Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Troy Smith, Cason Smith, & Callie Smith, step grandchildren: Xavier Robinson, & Brandon Robinson; great grandchildren: Owen & Thomas Smith; his siblings & spouses: Norman Smith & companion Janet, Norma & Tom Parin, Gene & Jill Smith, Gail & Joe Haynes, Neil & Janet Smith, Nick & Sandy Smith; numerous nieces & nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday July 13, 2020 at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church 14 East Wood Street, Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM on Sunday July 12, 2020 and from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Monday July 13, 2020 at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. Veteran’s services will be conducted by the Versailles Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County or the Glioblastoma Cancer Research. Due to COVID-19 the family asks that people attending the visitation to please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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