Curtis Leroy Smith
May 21, 1928 ‒ June 03, 2020
Formerly of Crestline, Ohio
Career Air Force Veteran, Curtis Leroy Smith, age 92, of Columbus and formerly of Crestline, passed away June 3, 2020, at OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.
He was born May 21, 1928, in Crestline to parents Lawson C. & Ethel L. (Broadnax) Smith. He was a 1946 graduate of Central High School in Cleveland and proudly joined the United States Air Force in 1948. It was there he earned his bachelor’s degree, flew C-130s, and served 30 years before retiring as Chief Master Sergeant Smith. He went on to work with United Airlines and later the FAA security detail.
Curtis was a hardworking and courteous gentleman who was deeply religious and loved the Lord. He took pride in his appearance and always looked dapper and—according to the ladies—smelled good too! Flying airplanes was not only his job but also his hobby; he loved flying. He also enjoyed building model planes and aquariums. Curtis had a special talent for music; he played the saxophone and enjoyed singing in a men’s chorus.
Curtis’ number one priority—other than his family—was making sure he never missed an OSU football game on TV. He was a huge fan and was so excited when Ohio State was winning. His friends and family will miss his charming and steadfast nature and will remember Curtis every time they sneak a piece of chocolate—especially if it’s a Nestlé Chunky bar.
He is survived by his children Cherene (Patrick) Smith Watkins of Reynoldsburg, Carlos M. Smith of Galion, and Colette M. Smith of Columbus; grandchildren Cosette, Carlos, Brian, Darvell, Jason, and Jordan; ten great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Nira Bowman of Woodbridge, VA; and cousins Paul Hoke of Mansfield and Barbara Crowley of Stone Mountain, GA.
In addition to his parents, Curtis was preceded in death by his daughter Claire (Smith) Sullivan; the mother of his children Camille (Rock) Smith; and his sister Dr. Alene Jones.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM Monday, June 15, 2020, at Greenlawn Cemetery in Crestline officiated by Pastor Charles Davis. Military honors will be performed by active-duty members of the US Air Force assisted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.
Memorial contributions to the VFW Post #15036 (35 E Chestnut St Ste 506, Columbus, OH 43215) may be made in his memory.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Curtis’ family and encourage you to share a memory and watch his tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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