Wendell J Smith Jr.

October 03, 1958 ‒ August 27, 2014

Galion, Ohio

Wendell “Jim” Smith, Jr., 55, of Galion lost his battle with cancer, surrounded by his family Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at home.

Born October 3, 1958, in, Crestline he was the son of the late Wendell J., Sr. and Karyl (Frank) Smith of Crestline. He is survived by his wife of 34 years Tina Benedict Smith.

Jim attended the Crestline Schools where his nickname was “Rat” and first worked as a lineman and then as a self-employed carpenter and recently at flea markets. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, fishing and anything with the outdoors. The light of his life was his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and mother he is also survived by children, Missy Smith and Fiancé’ Dustin of Marion, Stephanie Smith and Fiancé’ Kurt of Galion, Danielle Smith and Fiancé’ Malcolm of Marion and Tabitha Smith and companion Derrick of Galion; grandchildren, Haylee, Caden, Garrett and Amirah; brother Robert Smith and companion Rachel of Ocala, Fla. and sister Cindy (Gary) Trash of Bucyrus and their son Craig (Erica) Smith.

A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 202 N. Thoman St. Crestline on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Becky Weamer officiating. A celebration of life dinner will follow at the Crestline Golden Age Center at 3:00 pm.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Jim Smith, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • My deepest regards for you ALL. What an awesome man. Heaven has called him to serve his eternal destiny with our Lord. And there couldn’t be a better Angel.

  • Mr Jim,
    Rest in peace!! You are very special to me and I hope you knew that. I cherish the memories I do have with you and your family!! Prayers to u Missy and your family!!! Love you and miss you!!!

  • Deepest Sympathy to the whole family in these trying times. Prayers and best wishes go out to all the family with love.

  • Our dearest and deepest sympathy to you as whole family. Especially to you Tina and to Wendell whenever we wanted to chat. & to Stephanie for keeping us updated and sharing your family. May God Give You Sweet Peace to you and the entire families involved.

  • Tim and I are greived by the loss of our co-grandparent to Amirah Powers. We will forever remain blessed with the memories of family fun that we share together with her. To the family be comfort by the Word of the Lord, St. John 3:16. We do love and pray your strength in the Lord.

  • I didn’t know your dad, but listening to you talk about him at work and on facebook he sounded like a wonderful father one that cared about his family and that is important. One day the memories will come flooding back to you cherish them and hold them close, make memories with your family as you know life is fleeting. With the rain today you can say that heaven is crying with you and sharing your pain. My prayers are with you and your family, your mother and sisters and their families. If, in the days that come, you need anything an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on, I’m here call anytime. Hugs to you.

    Father God, as you welcome Missy’s father into heaven I ask that you wrap your healing arms around them all, grant them peace and comfort to day and in the days to come. When they think of their husband, father, grandfather instead of grief at his passing give them comfort in the knowledge that he is with you and that one day they will all be together again. In your glorious and wonderful name Amen.

  • Sorry for your loss. Praying that God will give you strength and comfort, now, and in the days ahead.

  • So sorry to hear this news Tina and family. Lots of good memories at the Poole’s Pond on Saturdays. Thoughts, prayers, hugs, and love from Florida.

  • So very sorry to hear about Rat’s passing. He will be missed and remembered fondly. RIP old friend.

  • It wasn’t long ago that we had small talk, just like we had a thousand times before. I’m going to miss those easy conversations, my friend.

  • My deepest sympathy to you and your family Tina. I sure remember lots of fun summer nights and Rat cracking us all up. I know how much he’ll be missed.

  • To Tina and both families, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Many great memories from years gone by. My heart and thoughts go out to all.

  • Tina and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a good person and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Tina and family, I’m so very sorry to hear of the passing of Rat. Thinking of and praying for you all at this time. Peace, Love and hugs…

  • Tina I’m really sorry for you and all the kids.
    Wendell was one of my very best friends.Probably the best.I’ve not stayed in touch as much as I should have these past few years and for that I’m sorry also..Over the years Wendell and I covered a lot of ground together both huntin and fishin and I have always been glad to call him my friend….I’ll truly miss him.

    The Lord bless you and keep you
    The Lord make his face shine upon you
    And be gracious unto you
    The Lord lift up his countenance upon you
    And give peace…Numbers 6:24

  • Tabi and family, We are keeping you in our prayers. Remember the good times and hold them close.


  • Tina & Family, So sorry to hear about Wendell. Neal and I enjoyed him coming to the archery range also Mike enjoyed him he was such a nice guy. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

  • Tina and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Wendell’s passing. I was glad to read he had a good life, loving wife and a family he was proud of. If I know him(and I did), he fought to the end and never let it show. To me and many others, I remember him as “Rat”. He is a good friend. We go way back to high school. As I was reading, I remembered all the good times we shared… My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  • ONE of the best friends I’ve EVER HAD more than a brother. A real loss. He is climbing poles with Bert in heaven.Tina call me 864-968-6001