Gerald L. Smith

February 22, 1920 ‒ February 20, 2005

Delaware, Ohio

Gerald L. Smith, age 84, of Delaware died Sunday afternoon, February 20, 2005 in Grady Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Delaware, Ohio on February 22, 1920 the son of the late William L. & Susie (Cooperider) Smith. He graduated from Willis High School Class of 1938, where he was a drum major, and received his B.S. from The Ohio State University in Marketing, and he played in the pep band. A U.S. Army Veteran of WWII, he played with the 20th Armored Division Band in Europe. Gerald worked as a downtown merchant for 34 years, owning and operating G. Smith’s Hallmark House. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Delaware where he also had served as an elder and trustee. His other memberships include the American Legion, Delaware Rotary Club where he had 25 years of perfect attendance, Delaware Chapter of the American Red Cross Board Member where he headed the “Swing Into Spring” fund raiser for 11 years, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association where he also served as treasurer for ten years, and Toastmaster’s where he was an Advanced Toastmaster. Music was an important part of his life as he played the trombone for 77 years, including with the Men in Blue and Sounds of Swing Bands, and 25 years with the Worthington Civic Band.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Lois (Kime) Smith, whom he married on Aug. 23, 1953, two daughters: Melody (Mike) Sweet of Oregon & Joni (Joe) Durham of Virginia, a son: Barry L. Smith of California, grandchildren: Taj Smith & Merry Sweet, and great-grandchildren: Elijah & Noah, brother-in-law: Dr. Walter (Karen) Kime of Ashland, Ohio, and sister-in-law: Marie (Jay) Nelson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Brothers: Paul and Dale Smith, and Sisters: Eulala and Faye Smith.

Friends may call Wednesday from 6 – 8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 West William Street, Delaware. Pastor Deb Patterson and Dr. Walter J. Kime will a conduct memorial service on Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 73 W. Winter St., Delaware. Private burial with military honors will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Delaware Chapter of the American Red Cross, 5 W. Winter St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 or to the Cardiac Rehab Center of Grady Memorial Hospital, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com