Harold F. Smith

April 28, 1913 ‒ October 17, 2009

Marion, Ohio

A man of loyalty, Harold Smith, dedicated his entire life to his family, farm, and his church.

Harold F. Smith, age 96, formerly of Harvey Drive in Marion, died Saturday morning, October 17, 2009, at the Marion General Hospital following an extended illness.

On April 28, 1913, Harold was born in Marion County, the son of the late Howard “Clay” and Iva Mae (Epley) Smith. He graduated from Claridon High School in the Class of 1932.

Shortly after graduation while working at the filling station on the corner of 309 and 98, Harold met a young lady whom he hoped to get to know better, Henrietta Bird. Having known her family, he looked them up in the phone book and the rest would become history, as they were married on October 26, 1934, on the same day as his parents’ anniversary. Together they enjoyed forty two years of marriage and lovingly raised their two children, Kenneth and Diana. She preceded him in death on December 4, 1976.

With farming in his blood, after being raised on the family farm, Harold rented and farmed the land of his in-laws, George and Callie Bird until 1942. From there he moved to Prospect for nine years, until his father, Clay, was ready for Harold to move home and again care for the family farm. Harold enjoyed farming there until he was no longer able, and he was proud to see his farm become a four generation farm, as his son, Kenneth, grandson, Michael, and great-grandson, Nathan, have chosen to carry on the family farm.

With a knack for restoring antique tractors, Harold could simply listen to a tractor and hear what needed to be fixed. Having restored over twenty tractors, he was especially proud to hunt down the first tractor he ever owned years later, and restored it to be as good as new. He also enjoyed restoring automobiles, and would take his Model A cars on tours.

A man of deep faith, Harold was a dedicated member of the Trinity Baptist Church, where he served as usher and trustee for many years. Also, he was instrumental in helping get air conditioning to the church.

Getting a second chance at love, Harold married an understanding widow, Marvel Zachman Smith, on March 21, 1979. They have truly been a “wonderful couple,” sharing their over thirty of their golden years together. She survives at the Kingston Residence in Marion.

Harold will be dearly missed by his wife, Marvel Zachman Smith of Marion; his son, Kenneth Smith of Caledonia, and his children: Michael (Denise) Smith of Marion, and Christine Federer of Morrow; his daughter, Diana (Tom) Mitchell of Lakeside, Ohio, and her children: Julie (Stuart) Cupp of Gaylesburg, Illinois, and Jill (Terry) Jamieson of Cassville, Missouri; eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; a step-son: Warren (Joyce) Zachman of Marion; a step-daughter, Karen (Roger) Hensel, of Marion; and several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Including his first wife and parents, Harold was preceded in death by his sister, Vera Mae Seckel; and a step-son, Eugene Zachman.

The Smith family will greet friends from 4 – 8 p.m. on Monday, October 26, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services celebrating his life will held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Baptist Church, 244 S. Main St., Marion, with Dr. Richard Farmer officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church, 244 S. Main St., Marion, Ohio 43302.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Harold’s family, you may do so by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.