Eugene Victor “Vic” Smith

May 21, 1922 ‒ January 11, 2021

Galion, Ohio

Lifelong Galion resident and local entrepreneur, Eugene Victor “Vic” Smith passed away at age 98 in his home on Monday, January 11, 2021.

He was born on May 21, 1922 in Arcadia, Ohio and was the son of Benjamin and Hazel (Markey) Smith. Vic married Elizabeth L. “Betty” (Burgener) Smith on March 8, 1947 and she preceded him in death after 65 years of marriage on June 7, 2012.

He graduated from Galion High School in 1940 and enrolled in The Ohio State University. His college education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II and he enlisted in the United States Marine Air Corps. Vic saw two tours of duty in the Pacific as a Corsair fighter pilot and he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Returning to Galion, he was involved in the outdoor advertising and retail paint business. In 1954, Vic founded Galion Amco, Inc. a machine tool manufacturing business which operates today as Galion LLC. The business grew from a few employees to several hundred over the years. He also purchased a similar company in Southern California, Wells Marine in 1974. These two companies were sold in 1985. Vic also purchased acreage in Morrow County, Ohio and operated a cattle and dairy farm for many years.

He was a devoted supporter of many charities, the Boy Scouts, the North Central State College, The Ohio State University, along with many local non-profits in Galion. Vic enjoyed watching Ohio State compete in college football and basketball for many years, holding season tickets for Buckeye football games. It’s ironic and yet appropriate that he passed away on the same day the Ohio State football team played for the national title against Alabama.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Vic and his wife enjoyed traveling, visiting seven continents over the years. In 1987, he purchased a 51 foot sailing vessel, which he named “Le Galion.”

Over the next three decades, he, his family and many friends toured the Southern Pacific island chains, Fiji, Hawaii, the Caribbean and the coast of Baja Mexico.

Vic is survived by sons David Smith of Newport Beach, California and Matthew (Linda) Smith of Mansfield; daughter Victoria (Steven) Lupinacci of San Juan Capistrano, California; daughter in law Penelope Laek Smith of San Juan Capistrano, 12 grandchildren, Lauren, Dustin, Adam, Christopher, Whitney, Benjamin, Abigail, Kate, Emily, Nicholas, Parker and Julia and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Smith and a grandson Michael Lupinacci.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to North Central State College Foundation–Smith family scholarship fund, Avita Health Foundation or the Galion Community Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Eugene “Vic” Smith, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Matt,
    Barbara and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your, father. May he rest in peace.

    Jerry and Barbara Heider

  • So sorry to hear about Vic’s passing, sending prayers to the Smith family.

    Maggie Bashoff and Jeff Robinson

  • Oh Matt we are so sorry to hear about your Dad. What a wonderful man and a great businessman for Galion. We are thinking of you and your family during this huge loss.

  • To the Smith Families,
    Vic was a leader, entrepreneur, and businessman. Vic truly loved his family. Vis was admired and respected by so many people. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Vic.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Was so sorry to hear about Vic’s death. I always enjoyed him so much when he would come in my office. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • So sorry family for your loss during these hard times. Uncle Vic sure had a long and interesting life. Take care and may memories heal the sorrow. Cam

  • Matt: I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I always enjoyed talking to your father because he was always a good listener and treated everyone with respect.

  • Matt, So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God be with you all. Love to all, Jerry and Laura Shaum

  • Vickie and family,
    Gloria and I extend to you our condolence in the passing of your father. He was a giant of a man. You and your family will be in our prayers.
    T.J. & Gloria McNew

  • Dear Matt and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. It was an honor to get to know your father. On behalf of the Ohio State Mansfield campus, please allow me to extend my heartfelt condolences.

    In sympathy,

  • I’m sorry to hear of your loss, Matt and Vicki. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember all the good memories. RIP Vic.

  • Matt, Linda and family:
    I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing.
    He was one of my first clients and he was such an inspiration to me! I enjoyed conversing with him for many many years. All of you can be so proud of your dad’s accomplishments!
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    With sympathy,
    Jim Nordstrom

  • Rest in Peace, Vic! I always appreciated our conversations during & after golf scrambles @ Valley View. Often our play was during your business visits that required you to leave your sailing vessel in the South Pacific & fly back for emergency meetings. I remember our discussion of the Fiji-Macombo Hotel the time you flew back from Fiji as my Naval Aviation Career was in the Pacific Arena. Our partners for golf were usually friends Jack McDonald & Art Nicholls. We always laughed that the winner of our twenty-five-cent bet was that the winner was required to buy coffee after play! We called it a “Win-Loose-Loose” game! My condolence to your family! C. O. “Chuck” Miller

  • Matt and Linda,

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your father. My Dad thought an awful lot of him and would always tell me of their conversations. May the many memories of all the good times you had with him make you grin and smile whenever you think of him.

    Our thought and prayers are with you and your family.

    Don and Ginny Barr

  • To the Smith family We were very saddened by the loss of your Dad. There are so many wonderful memories of your parents visiting ours. I am sure that all his family and friends were gathered together to welcome him home. What a great party they will have. May God grant you peace and wrap his loving arms around you.

  • We were so sad to see that Vic had passed away. Our history with the Smith Family goes back many years. We farmed , worked and lived on the Smith Family farm a number of years. Vic loved being at the farm and in the 90’s built one of the most high tech dairy’s in the state, which we had the privilege to manage. He often told of his adventures during the war in Italy. Thus he named the farm” Frienze Valley”. We spent alot of hours visiting about his life long adventures. He was a man of superior knowledge. His mind was always working on a new project and how to achieve it. He loved people and community service. Especially the Boy Scouts. Our thoughts are with the Smith Family at this time. There are times a comment is made when remembering a person saying………… he was, “ONE OF A KIND”. Vic Smith was truly “ONE OF A KIND”. We will cherish the memories and are thankful for the time we had with him.

  • Matt & Linda,

    Our deepest sympathies on the lose to you and your family on the passing of your father. He will live your hearts and stories forever.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Doug & Kathleen

  • Dear Smith Family:
    Please accept our condolences. Vic will be greatly missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Grant and Margaret Garverick

  • To the Smith Family,
    With a sad heart, I am sending my deepest sympathy in the loss of your father; but I know he and Betty are together, renewed and as one. Betty and Vic were my first true employers and were so respectful and kind and I loved them dearly. I pray that our Heavenly Father provides you all with comfort in your time if need. God Bless all. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Kathy

  • To the Smith Family,
    Deepest condolences in the passing of your father. I had the great privilege of working for Vic and will always remember and appreciate how he treated all of his work force. There are still a great many current & former Galion Amco / Galion LLC. employees who owe Vic a debt of gratitude for his foresight & efforts in the founding of his business.
    One of my fondest memories of your father that will never be forgotten happened while taking in the Galion State Championship football game in 1985. As the game wound down and the celebration was beginning I turned to take in the sight of the crowd around me and there was Vic just a row down in the stands cheering & smiling ear to ear with the rest of Galion. A man who loved his family & his town. A truly great man.

  • To the Smith Family:

    I was saddened to hear of Vic’s passing. What an Extraordinary and Respectful Man he was. It was an honor to have known him and been able to work with him over the past years.

    He was a “Man with a Smile”. May the memories you have of him live on and make you smile.

    My Deepest Sympathy to the Family.

  • Vic was one of my favorite members at The Galion Country Club, where I was employed and met Vic in 1980. He always had a glimmer in his eye and a smile on his face, he truly was a great human being. I feel very fortunate to have met and known Vic Smith.
    Lisa Dye