Roger Frederick Smith
Roger Frederick Smith, 80, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, at his Lexington home, surrounded by family.
He was born June 20, 1938, in Willard, to parents Carl F. and Johnna R. (Stickney) Smith. He graduated from Attica Local Schools with the class of 1957, and proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. A beautiful young lady, named Shirley Maxwell, caught his eye and the high school sweethearts married Dec. 28, 1958.
“Passionate” is the best word to describe Roger Smith. He was passionate about his faith, his hobbies, his politics, and everything he did. Roger was loved by his family, had countless friends and will be dearly missed.
Roger worked as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service for over 26 years until retiring, and was very well-liked on his mail route. He was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lexington and of Gold Wing Road Riders Motorcycle Club. Roger was also a member of Southside Christian Church, Shelby Blue Lodge 350 Chapter Shelby 178, AMVETS Post No. 26 and American Legion Post No. 535 of Bellville.
In his spare time, Roger enjoyed hunting, fishing and keeping his yard pristine. Another of Roger’s passions was travel. He and Shirley visited all 50 states and motorcycled in all of them, except Alaska. They even tried skydiving. He also had travelled to all seven continents. His favorite destination was Antarctica, where he walked over the Shackleton Mountain Range and kayaked with seals.
Above all, Roger was passionate about his family and, though he adored his kids and grandkids, it was the great-grandkids who really stole his heart.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley Smith of Lexington; his son, Christopher (Laurel) Smith of Pataskala; daughter, Deborah (Keith) Markley of Mansfield; four grandchildren, Sarah (Kyle) Burns, Tiffany (Michael) Reed, Ryan Markley and Adam (Courtney) Markley; five great-grandchildren, Kate, Kora, Taylor, Kamden and Austin; a sister-in-law, Patricia Schoephoerster; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his sister Sandra Snyder.
His family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019, with a Masonic Service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where his funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Pastor Paul Lintern will officiate and burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Park near Lexington with military honors performed by American Legion Post No. 535 of Bellville.
Contributions in his memory may be made to OhioHealth Hospice, Southside Christian Church or American Legion Post No. 535 and sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 3085, Mansfield, OH 44904.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Roger’s family and encourage you to share a memory with them and watch his tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.