Russell M. Smith

April 16, 1947 ‒ May 19, 2020

Centerburg, Ohio

Russell M. Smith
April 16, 1947-May 19, 2020
Centerburg, Ohio

Russell M. Smith, age 73 of Centerburg, passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. A loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend to many, he will be forever remembered and loved.

He was born on April 16, 1947 to the late Fred W. and Martha A. (Moody) Smith.  He was a 1965 graduate of Centerburg High School. Active in the Centerburg FFA, his love of farming was evident throughout his whole life.

Russell was married to the late Virginia Evie Smith on January 18, 1974 and together they shared 44 wonderful years.  They built the home they resided in for 30 years, worked the family farm, and traveled life’s journey hand in hand.

Russ was a dedicated hard worker who retired from Metal Container Corporation after 27 years of service. He was a 20 year committee member of the Centerburg Oldtime Farming Festival and was named Festival Marshall in 2015. He was a member of the Perry Church of Christ in Bellville and Centerburg Conservation Club. He enjoyed attending the Centerburg Alumni Banquet and looked forward to it every year.

He was an avid collector of all things with sentimental value. He collected hats, amassing a collection of over 200. He enjoyed working outside and raising beef cattle on “The Good Chance Farm”. He also defeated Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2018.

Well-known in the community for a smile and handshake and “glad you got to see me” phrase, we will cherish all of the old sayings and stories he shared. He valued the simple things in life and cared deeply for his family and friends. Needless to say, he will be missed.

Russell is survived by his daughters, Jeanna Elaine (Abel) Moreno of Lewis Center and Stacy Dawn Smith (Jessica) of Blue Ash; grandchildren, Logan and Mollie; sister and brother-in-law, Marcella J. (Smith) and Harlan Kiracofe; brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence C. and JoAnn Smith; niece, Stephanie (Adam) Tudor; great-nephews, Wyatt and Evan; and great niece, Rebecca Mae; and a host of extended family and friends.

Friends and family may gather for a Graveside Service at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, 5697 Condit Road, Centerburg, Ohio, officiated by Pastor Leroy Bumpus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Centerburg FFA, c/o Centerburg Treasurer’s Office, 119 S. Preston Street, Centerburg, OH 43011 in Russell’s memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Russell’s family.  Please share a memory or condolence with the family at

  • Love and prayers to everyone. He will be missed.
    Love, Wanda and Jeanie Nininger

  • Sending love to Jeanna, Stacy, Logan, Mollie and all of the rest of your family in your difficult time. ❤️

  • My prayers are with the entire Smith family. Russell was a kind and caring friend and neighbor. I made a pie for the Oldtime Farming Festival a few years ago from the apples he gave me from his trees. That’s the only year I ever made an apple pie. I then made another pie for Russ and Evie and spent an afternoon visiting with them when I delivered it. He told me stories about the past for several hours and probably could have talked for several more hours if I had let him. 🙂 He was such a nice man, and I will miss him.

  • I will always remember and appreciate how devoted Russell was to my mom for their entire 44 years of marriage. They were definitely “the long and short” of it. Russell was a one-man expert of everything around Centerburg. He knew who lived where and when and how they were related. He could even tell you the year a bridge outside of Centerburg was replaced. Centerburg has lost her most affable historian. He never met a person he didn’t call friend and he spent hours visiting nursing homes or socializing around town. My grandchildren remember fondly how Russell would take them downstairs and play pool with them. I don’t know how many turkey wish bones he had because he kept them every year at Thanksgiving. We will miss him so much, but I’m happy that he is finally reunited with his true love, my mom.

  • All my love to the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Although I did not know him, I know the he raised a beautiful daughter, and I know he was deeply loved.
    In a blessed falling asleep, grant, O Lord, eternal rest unto Thy departed servant Russell Smith and make his memory to be eternal!
    Memory eternal! Memory eternal! Memory eternal!

  • John (Big Bird) was a co-worker with me at Metal Container Corp. for many years
    Rest in Peace, Big Bird.

  • A genuine, kind soul. He will be sorely missed by the entire town and anyone who knew him. I am so blessed to have gotten the chance to call him a friend. My sincerest condolences to his family during this time. You’re in my prayers.

  • So sorry for your family’s loss he was a very nice man we will be praying and thinking of your family ❤️❤️

  • Russell was an amazing man. Always had a smile and a hi. He married my co-worker Evie and I don’t think I’ve ever seen two people so in love and devoted to each other. They were my neighbors for many years and I cared a great deal for them. Rest in Peace finally with your love.

  • My heartfelt sympathy to family , friends of Russell and to Centerburg. Had the pleasure to call him friend , not only through the Centerburg old time farming festival but as a great person who was always happy to see you and chat. I’m glad I got to meet him and hear his favorite saying “ Glad you got to see me “. He will be sorely missed by many . Prayers thoughts and hugs 🙏💔😢

  • So very sorry for your loss. Russ was such a special man. He loved Centerburg and everyone he met here. His smile will be so missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • I met Russell while he and his wife were at KCH. He started telling me stories and became a regular visitor at my office. After the passing of his wife, we stayed in touch by his weekly visits He loved his wife and family and it really showed. He had a wonderful soul. Prayers for the family and know he is with the love of his life, and smiling down on everyone.

  • Russell was a such a good man; so pleasant to be around, and a hard worker. He always had a joke and a kind word for everyone he came in contact with. I was always amazed that although he worked very hard; he never got dirty. All my prayers to his family and everyone who loved him.

  • We are so sorry for the loss of Russell. He was a wonderful man and growing up he and Evie were in our lives ,my sister and Stacy were friends. I always enjoyed talking to them at the Centerburg Farm Festival. I am so sorry Jeanna and Stacy and family’s! Hugs

  • The ” BIRD” will be missed. I always enjoyed his company. My most sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rest in Peace my friend.

  • Russell was the epitome of a friend. His dedication to his family and to his community was second to none. The Centerburg Alumni Banquet will never be the same without his presence. My deepest sympathy to the Smith family.
    Tom Foster

  • This is the time for remembering. . .may you find comfort in lasting memories. Praying that GOD will comfort you and that memories wii keep your father close. We are grateful to have known and laughed with your loved one. With Sympathy, Bill & Barb Lambert

  • We met Russ through Stacy, his proud daughter , who’s love for him is special. Condolences to all his family from Charley and Becky Watka. Peace and love. 🙏

  • I have known Russell most of my life and he was always so kind and pleasant to talk to. He always reminisced about my days playing sports for Centerburg High. I also had the pleasure if caring for his darling Evie during her last days and offering him my shoulders to cry on several times and had the pleasure of caring for him during his hospitalizations. No matter what brought him in there, he always wore a smile and appreciated the care. Of course, upon my leaving a shift, he would say “Glad you got to see me!” Yes, Russell, I was glad I got to see you. It makes me sad for your family and friends left behind, but I am happy that you are now in good health once again and back with the love of your life.

  • We are so very saddened to hear of your dads passing. May your many happy memories bring you comfort in the days to come. Thinking of you and sending many prayers. Xo
    The Hilton family

  • I met Russell at Knox county fair during a tractor pull and worked with him later at Metal Container. I would see him in store sometimes and he would always shake my hand with that ornery smile and have a couple of stories to tell me and at the end he
    would say Glad you got to see me! I’d say back at ya, he would say Sure enough. A GOOD FRIEND !
    MY sincere condolences to the whole family

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Russell always treated me with kindness and nice conversation about his farm. He will be truly missed in the Centerburg area of family and friends. Rest in peace my friend

  • Condolences to the family. Russ was a very special man. I appreciated his visits to the nursing homes. He would bring Jean Bell the Centerburg Paper. Always knew the latest farm news and kept Jean up to date.
    I don’t think Russ ever met a stranger. Always a gentleman. You will be missed by many. God Bless your family.

  • So many fond memories of Mr. Smith. I always felt like I was part of the family whenever I was with them. From sleepovers to driving up to the Medina County Fair to watch the band “Alabama”. My sincere condolences to Stacy and the entire family.

  • So sorry Stacy and Jeanne for the loss of your dad, my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  • Russ was a very nice friend and co-worker. Peace be with you and your family.

  • So sorry to hear of Russell’s passing. He was a very good man and a wonderful husband to Evie. Jeanna and Stacey, so very sorry to learn of Russell’s death. You and your families are in my prayers May God Grace and Peace comfort you. They are back together again.

    Linda Hubbell

  • “RUSSELL” the very definition of PRECIOUS. I agree with all the comments above and he will be missed by so many including all of the Nursing Home residents and staff. Hopefully Russ’s memories will live on in all of us and inspire us to live a better, more caring and a slower life.
    My prayers go out to all his family and all the others whose life’s he touched.
    I am so Glad I Got To See You and know you