Harvey M. Smith

February 09, 1930 ‒ March 05, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Harvey M. Smith, 86, of Mount Gilead, passed from this life 9:18 am, Saturday, March 5, 2016 at his residence, following a brief battle with cancer.

He was born February 9, 1930, in Morrow County the son of the late Elbert Smith and the late Ida Earl Smith.  On August 29, 1952 he married Ethel Grenfell who preceded him in death October 30, 2013.

Also surviving are a son Richard Smith, Venice, FL, son and daughter in law Bob and Sue Smith, Chillicothe, grandchildren Janet Lynn Smith, James Travis (Emily) Smith, Melissa (Chad Roll) Greenwood, Cain Smith and Kevin Smith, great grandchildren Isabella Petry, Jacob Petry, Jordan Demarco, Kennedy Smith, Atlantis Smith, Clayton Smith, and Landen Smith, one sister Rachel Gilbert, Chula Vista, CA, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  His parents, wife, and four brothers, Donald, Harold, Cecil, and Floyd Smith preceded him in death.

Harvey was retired from HPM and his private business of refrigeration and appliance repair.  He was the Boy Scoutmaster for Troop 56 for many years, and was very proud of many members of the Troop. He was very active in the AMVETS organization where he served many years as finance officer for the local Post 87 and the District and State AMVETS. He was active in many other organizations such as the Morrow County Antique Tractor Club and the Morrow County Beekeepers Association.  One of his proudest memberships was with the Morrow County Joint Veterans Council, where he was treasurer, assisted with the placement of bricks, and helped with maintaining the Memorial. Harvey had a knack for fixing things, being helpful, and continuing an argument just for the sake of arguing. He will be missed by many folks of Morrow County.

The Smith family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday with Pastor Stephan Bloomfield officiating.  Burial with military honors provided by the active duty U.S. Army, VFW Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morrow County Joint Veterans Council, P.O. Box 48, Mount Gilead, OH 43338.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Harvey’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com or www.fawcett-palmer.com.

  • Harvey’s memory will live on in the lives of so many. His work with the Boy scouts and various Veterans organizations have touched the community in countless ways. But more than that Harvey was a loyal friend that you could count on to lend a helping hand when one was needed. He is loved and deeply missed.

  • Harvey was a special man, and quite the jokester. His friendly smile and sense of humor will be missed.

  • You often joked that you may not be going the same way Ethel did. No doubt in our minds that you and Ethel are hand in hand once again. You were an ornery, but great friend and will be missed. You were also a great friend to the veterans in Morrow County. You will be missed! Say Hello to Floyd for us, too.

  • We were saddened by Harvey’s death. We didn’t know him long, but was a good neighbor and we will miss having him sit on our porch in the summer evenings.

  • Harvey was a very special man and friend. His jokes and zeal for life always brightened my day. His honey has sweetened my life over the years as well. I am very saddened by your loss and send my deepest condolences. Our county has lost quite a bit in the loss of such a giving man.

  • We always agreed to disagree but was always friends. R.I.P. Harvey resting in God’s heaven prepared for us.

  • I was saddened to hear of Harey’s passing. I have only known him for about five years. I will deeply miss seeing his truck go by my house multiple times a day going to the farm and home again. The hospice lunches will not be the same either. His humor will sorely be missed. Rest in peace my dear friend. You were loved by many and touched all you came in contact with in your life.

  • We havent lived in the neighbor hood long, but Harvey and my husband hit it off fast. You have our deepest sympathy.

  • When I first met HARVEY we didn’t hit it off very well but once I got to know the real Harvey Smith ‘ regardless of what everyone thought of Harvey and Me, we were real good friends.We will miss him. He always called Dolores his daughter.

  • Bob and Sue,

    We continue to keep both of you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. We know that you both will meet him again and continue to share the happy memories from here on earth. We would have enjoyed being around him! Jim and Norma Ryan

  • Sue, so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. From the words of others, it sounds like Mr. Smith was much liked in the community and that is such a good testimonial to one’s life. May God and the precious memories sustain you all during this time.
    Sandy Girton

  • Oh, how I am going to miss seeing my buddy, Harvey. I moved two houses up from Harvey back in 2005. I was heartbroken when he moved into town and I could no longer see him and his dog, Candy, on my daily walks. And the time he probably brought me half of his garden harvest of green beans and tomatoes to make up for Candy digging up and killing all of my perennials. He was so proud of his home in town. He gave me the grand tour shortly after moving in. I usually work Gate D fair admissions for the Morrow County Fair. I will forever miss seeing Harvey drive in daily and saying “there’s my sweetheart”. He always expected a hug too! He never stayed too long and would always stop at the gate as he left just to make sure I was behaving myself. My thoughts and prayers go out to Harvey’s family. I feel so blessed to have gotten to know Harvey and he will be greatly missed. It just won’t be the same without him and Candy stopping by for a chat after he was at his country house puttering around in the barn.

  • I am so sorry that I cannot be there, but I am currently out of the State. I would like to say that I really thought Harvey was wonderful. He was a great mentor to me in my learning to keep bees. It was a trial by fire the year he taught me about taking swarms. I really missed him when he left the club, and Ethel was just as wonderful as he was. His gruffness, and wacky comments will be missed very much. When I started keeping bees he informed me that you weren’t a real beekeeper until you had kept bees at least 2 years…then my 2nd year when I was introducing myself to the club he remembered that I had told him I had mice in one of my hives, he broke in and informed the club that he heard I was “raising mice in your hives!” I really enjoyed him very much! I hope you all go through your grieving process quickly and are able to enjoy your memories of him that much sooner without tears. I have a favorite line in the Bible that Paul said in one of his letters…to paraphrase: “If I am living I am living for Christ, and if I am dead, then I will be living with Christ…in essence there is no way to lose as long as you know Christ.” I think that Harvey really lived that kind of life…loving other people sincerely through out his life!

  • Prayers for the family and my deep condolences. Harvey was my favorite Veteran: always had a story to tell and something to kid about. Enjoyed many Morrow County Fairs with Harvey selling patriotic items and putting the huge grandstand flag up. I loved every minute hearing Harvey laugh and seeing his big grin. My prayers are with the family.
    Pat Davies