Smith, Harold

Harold Smith, 91, of Chesterfield Township, Ohio, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at the Fulton Manor in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born July 4, 1917, in Fairfield Township, Mich., the son of Nelson and Viola (McLaughlin) Smith. On July 30, 1938, in Seward, Ohio, he married Helen Craig and she survives.

Harold was a life-long Morenci area resident where he was a member of the Morenci United Methodist Church. He graduated from Sand Creek High School class of 1937. Harold was a farmer and retired from Emmons Dairy Farm near Morenci.

Besides his wife, Harold is survived by a daughter, Rose Marie Banks, of Dundee, Mich.; four sons, James (and Lois) Smith of Wauseon, Ohio, Forrest (and Faye) Smith of Wauseon, Ohio, Thomas Smith of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Harold, Jr. (and Kathy) Smith of Liberty Center, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. 

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David; two grandsons; two sisters; two brothers; and daughter-in-law, Sharon (King) Smith.

Funeral service are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Morenci United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Burstall officiating.  Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Eagle Funeral-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci United Methodist Church or to a charity of donor’s choice.