Roger Smith

June 20, 1938 ‒ May 18, 2019

Lexington, Ohio

Passionate is the best word to describe Roger Smith. He was passionate about his faith, his hobbies, his politics, and everything he did. Roger was loved by his family, had countless friends, and will be dearly missed.

Roger Frederick Smith, age 80, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 in his Lexington home surrounded by family.

He was born June 20, 1938 in Willard to parents Carl F. & Johnna R. (Stickney) Smith. He graduated from Attica Local Schools with the class of 1957 and proudly served his country as a member of the Air Force. A beautiful young lady named Shirley Maxwell caught his eye and the high school sweethearts married on December 28, 1958.

Roger worked as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service for over 26 years until retiring and was very well-liked on his mail route. He was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lexington and of the Gold Wing Road Riders Motorcycle Club. Roger was also a member of Southside Christian Church, Shelby Blue Lodge 350 Chapter Shelby 178, AMVETS Post #26, and American Legion Post #535 of Bellville.

In spare time, Roger enjoyed hunting, fishing, and keeping his yard pristine. Another of Roger’s passions was travel. He and Shirley visited all fifty states—and motorcycled in all of them except Alaska—they even tried skydiving! He had also traveled to all seven continents. His favorite destination was Antarctica where he walked over the Shackleton Mountain Range and kayaked with seals.

Above all, Roger was passionate about his family and though he adored his kids and grandkids, it was the great-grandkids who really stole his heart.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Shirley Smith of Lexington; his son Christopher (Laurel) Smith of Pataskala; daughter Deborah (Keith) Markley of Mansfield; grandchildren Sarah (Kyle) Burns, Tiffany (Michael) Reed, Ryan Markley, and Adam (Courtney) Markley; great-grandchildren Kate, Kora, Taylor, Kamden, and Austin; a sister-in-law Patricia Schoephoerster; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his sister Sandra Snyder.

His family will receive friends 5-7pm Tuesday, May 21, 2019 with a Masonic Service beginning at 7pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where his funeral service will be held 11am Wednesday. Pastor Paul Lintern will officiate and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park near Lexington with military honors performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville. Contributions in his memory may be made to OhioHealth Hospice or Southside Christian Church or American Legion Post #535 and sent in care of the funeral home (PO Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904).

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  • My deepest sympathy to Shirley and the family on the passing of a wonderful man. I’ve had the pleasure of being neighbors for 25 years to the most kind and thoughtful people. The loss of Roger will surely leave an empty spot in my heart. Rest In Peace Roger you so deserve it! All my love Joyce

  • Chris we are so sorry for your family’s loss Chris I remember your father when we lived in Lexington he was our mail man for years he was a sweet man . Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss – my heart breaks for you all. I will always fondly remember “Shorty” and we enjoyed being neighbors. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sheryl (Tully) Krocek

  • Shirley, Chris , and Debbie
    I am so sorry for your loss. Growing up we couldn’t have asked for better friends as neighbors. You are all in my prayers.

  • Shirley, Chris and Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. I have great memories of all of you . We had a great neighborhood back then and was glad to be a part of it. Prayers for comfort

  • To Mrs. Smith, Chris, and Debbie, so sorry for your loss. I always smile when I think of him. Always a rock. Invincible. Praying for you all.

  • Chris, Deb and Shirley,
    I am sorry for your loss. Roger always made me fell welcome and taught me things about the outdoors. He was a very kind and generous man and I will remember him fondly. Keep your memories close to your heart and he will always live with you!
    Take care and prayers for all the family.
    Jeff Charette

  • Chris and Laurel and Debbie and Keith,
    Wishing you strength and peace during this most difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to learn of your Dad’s death,Chris.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your lovely family.

  • Our sympathy to you and your family. My memories go back to high school where you and Roger were so close and starting your many years together. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Carol Hopkins

  • Shirley And Family, Sending our Sympathy and Love. May Peace Surround You And Your Family.

  • Dear Shirley and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Roger lived life to the full and his love for all of you has always shone through. What a beautiful tribute you posted. We are thinking of you and praying God will keep you enfolded in His loving care.
    With Love from the Zaronas family…Rick, Elaine, David, and Michael

  • Dear Shirley,
    So sorry about Roger’s passing. We think they will live forever! I am in Wisconsin or I would have come to the funeral home. The memories you have of all your travels will always be with you. You two have done enough for 2or 3 life times. This is tough, but you are strong. The Lord is always with you,
    Lovingly, Carol O’Mara