Thomas W. Smith

July 28, 1951 ‒ December 09, 2018

Ostrander, Ohio

Thomas W. Smith, age 67 of Ostrander passed away Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Kobacker House following a 3 week illness.

He was born in Columbus on July 28, 1951 and was a 1970 graduate of Dublin High School, playing a feisty middle guard on the football team. Tom proudly served his Country in the US Army during the Vietnam War, was wounded in action, and earning numerous commendations including a Purple Heart.

Before retiring he worked with Delaware line crew for Columbia Gas.  A true and avid outdoorsman, he was a simple man, who enjoyed hunting everything, but especially raccoon as well as fishing. Tom was a respected dog trainer, raising field trial dogs.

Needless to say, Tom was also a story teller, fun loving, who possessed an uncanny sense of humor. An aspiring beekeeper, he enjoyed tending to his home and flowers along the river. Although tough and strong, he was overly generous and kind hearted. He loved people and treasured spending time outdoors.

Tom always did the best that he could through the trials that life brought his way.  He will be remembered for the twinkle in his eye, ornery smile, and as a loving father and grandfather, who left us laughing.

He is survived by his children: Tommy (Cindy) Smith, Angel (Bill) Sorochak; grandchildren: Bryer, Bryce Smith, Addison Carter, beloved mother Susan Smith; siblings: Mike (Bev) Smith, Jeff (Pam) Jones, Lori (C.J.) Epling, Steve (Pam) Smith, Beth (Randy) Savage, Ralph (Denise ) Jones, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his fathers: Ralph Jones and John Smith: sons: Anthony and Spencer; grandson Brett; siblings: Mark and Greg Jones.

Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 and again one hour prior to the 11:00 a.m. memorial service at the funeral home, where Pastor Tommy Tucker will officiate followed by military honors provided by the Delaware County Vietnam Veterans Assoc.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Kobacker House.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Mike, Steve and Family
    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jerry and I are so very sorry for your loss. What a great guy Tommy was he always had something funny to share. Peace be with you he is in a better place and will never be forgotten. Jerry and Susie Herbig

  • Steve and Family,

    Words cannot express how very sorry we are for your loss. Tom was a very likable, funny guy. He will be missed by all. Our love and prayers go out to all of you!

    Doug & Sondra

  • Delmar and I are very sorry for your loss. Tom always had a story to tell us and of course, made us laugh. Tom was a good person and will be missed by many. We Loved him. God be with you and your family.

  • Dad and I are very sorry for your family loss, Tom was a very special man,we are glad that he was a friend of ours, and had the privilege to spend time with him at the field trials. We are praying for you and your family.

  • My most sincere thoughts, prayers and love to my Son and Cindy, my grandsons Bryer and Bryce , Susie, Mike, Steve and Beth and the Jones families. Always in my heart the father of my sons. A good man and loving father. Pleasant memories always above lifes lows. May he smile with Anthony and those gone before. God be with him and comfort all of you.

  • I am very sorry for your loss, Smitty was one of a kind, a true friend and absolute pleasure to be around. He will truly be missed around the dog world.

  • As Tommy would say…..”absolutely”
    He always had the best stories and better jokes than anyone. Fly high Tommy. You’ll be missed by many!!!!!

  • Tom was a great man. We will miss him dearly. We love you all and wish we could be there during this time. Prayers to you all. Love to all, Sandy, Luwana & Brian.

  • Love to all prayers to you all. Tom was a great man, wish we could be there during this time Love Corky Sandy Brian and Luwna

  • Dear Smitty, you will be missed. Your a free Man now. I never gave up on you. Till we meet again up Yonder.
    I’m so sorry for Smitty’s family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jenny

  • I wish I had known Tom as well as so many others did. He was a most popular guy, charismatic & fun-filled. Clearly multi-faceted, possessing many talents & interests; Tom also had a sense of duty and served our country WELL during a most difficult time period.

    Condolences from our (Reid) family to our friends Mike & Bev and the entire Smith family for their tremendous loss.

  • I hate to see this and hope the Lord lays his comforting hand on the family. Tom and I had fun at football. We played New Albany one time and the tackle opposite of me would growl. Tommy and I just started laughing and could hardly play. I have a lot of fond memories of him. Condolences

  • I knew Tom from Dublin High School from Grad 1 to 12. He was a close friend to my family for his entire life. Too bad I moved from the Columbus/Dublin area after graduating from Ohio State University in 1975. I heard about Tom’s adventures from my brother Randy Savage. Our family was very sad at his passing and our condolences go out to the Smith family and his friends. I live now in North Las Vegas but I feel very close to the Smiths through my brother’s stories. We all will miss Tom.

  • I am truely sorry for your loss! Tom was a great man and a good friend. I will ALWAYS cherish the memories from me tending bar at “Kintzs Bar”..his orneryness and ability to make EVERYONE laugh!

  • I know I’m safe in saying that me and everyone else you was fortunate enough to have Tom in their lives lost a piece or their hearts Sunday afternoon! One of the many things I’ll never forget about my deer friend is there is no one EVER who left more people smiling ,grinning or laughing hysterically then Tom Smith!

  • Tom Smith – Leonard Caldwell
    alias alias
    Tom Sawyer – Huckleberry Finn
    There was no stone left unturned by these two. If there was mischief to be had, these two were there. Someone should write an book about Tom’s adventures. It would be a best seller. Everybody loved Tom including God. His parting leaves a big void in our hearts. We will treasure the many memories we have of Tom until we can meet with him once again in heaven. By then, he will have everything straightened out in heaven and be waiting with open arms for his many friends to join him. Sincere sympathy to the whole family as we love them all. They say there is no one that is indispensable but Tom Smith was close.

  • What a great man and friend for so many years, thank you for all the great times and so much I learned for you. Rest in peace my friend and thank you for everything..

  • When you hear something happens and it makes just stop and say Oh no. That can not be. I am one of thousands. Who knew Tommie. Never did I hear him upset. Or in a bad mood. If we all had as much enjoyment in life as Tom did every day would be a blessing. He was out of sight in recent years to me. But never out of mind We all can recall some of Toms stories and, Uh. Discretion’s. About traffic Tickets Never will I not think of Tom.

  • OMG home today thinking of Tom. I tried his phone number had no idea he was gone. Have loved him for forty years. He worked with my dad Hobert Sparks. So sorry he is gone. Just heart broken. Rip my friend.

  • I just got the news; God called a good one up ! I met “Smitty” in ’76 when I came to work at the gas company. Every time that I worked , hunted coons ,ducks or chased “night-cats” along the O’Shaughnessy with him,those outings were filled with gut wrenching laughter till you couldn’t catch your breath ! Webster’s Dictionary should put a pic of Tommy under its description on “character”. Anyone who has ever seen “that” smile would agree. Keep your “powder dry” Smitty.