Smith, Roger

Written by David Green.

Roger W. Smith, 70, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 2013, at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born Dec. 3, 1942, in Alvordton, Ohio, to the late Walter and Velma (Wheeler) Smith. He married Susan E. Richards on Jan. 12, 1978, and she survives.

Roger was a life-long Alvordton-Fayette area resident and served his country in the United States Army from 1967 to 1973 during the Vietnam War. He worked as a welder for Challenge-Cook in Bryan, Ohio, for more than 20 years until its closing, and he later retired from Bil-Jax in Archbold following 10 years of service.

Roger was a member of the West Unity American Legion, the Williams County Veterans Memorial, and the VFW. In his spare time, he enjoyed coon hunting, playing the banjo, and being with his grandchildren.

Roger is survived by his wife, Susan; three sons, Jerry (and Lori) Lewellen of Fayette, Jon (and Alisha) Schang of Hillsdale, Mich., and Charles (and Shannon) Ries of Montpelier, Ohio; a daughter, Maria (and Mark) Keegan of Edgerton, Ohio; two brothers, Arlan (and Sharon) Smith, and Bill (and Deb) Smith, both of West Unity; and two sisters, Donnie (and Leroy) Scherer, and Betty Nowak, both of West Unity; grandchildren Jordan Lewellen, Ashley Lewellen, Tyler Lewellen, Jacy Lewellen, Jeriann Lewellen, Amber Hughes, Cole Ries, Joshua Lewellen, Seth Ries, Bethany Hughes, Jesse Lewellen, Katlynn Ries, Lane Ries, Logan Ries, Anthony Ries, Travis Lewellen, Sara Lewellen, Abbygayle Ries and Jonie Schang; and six great-grandchildren, James, Lisa, Ty, Jamison, Ellie and Linus.

In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph, Floyd and Charles.

Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette. Private military interment will take place in the Waldron Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Williams County Veterans Memorial.

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