Richard Paul Smith, 91, of 2379 W. CR 14, Tiffin, died at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Volunteers of America Autumnwood Care Center, Tiffin, where he resided for the past year.
Richard was born Oct. 26, 1920, in Seneca County, to Albert John and Martha (Welly) Smith. He married Ruth L. Theis Sept. 5, 1945, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Riegel, and she survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Dennis A. (Janice) Smith of New Riegel, Steven G. Smith of Tiffin and James P. (Elaine) Smith of New Riegel; three daughters, Linda R. (LeVerne) Burns, Annette H. (Tom) Brill and Laura A. (John) Richey, all of Tiffin; nine grandchildren, Michelle Jaynes, Brent Smith, Bradley Burns, Brian Burns, Matt Brill, Alicia Warnecke, Jeffrey Smith, Nathan Richey and Brianna Richey; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Catherine Schalk of New Riegel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Alfred, Maurice, Kenneth, Carl and Myron Smith; and a half sister, Alice Seitz.
Richard served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a military policeman, stationed in North Africa, Italy, France, Sicily and Austria. He was a lifetime farmer, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, New Riegel Moose, American Legion and Seneca County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed hauling straw to Amish Country. Richard and Ruth also enjoyed casino trips together.
Family and friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-3113. A wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
Prayers will be said at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at the funeral home followed by a 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. The rosary will be said 20 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be immediately following at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin, with New Riegel American Legion performing military rites at the gravesite.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Volunteers of America Autumnwood Care Center or to a charity of the donor's choice.
To send condolences, to view the celebration of life video, or for directions to the funeral home, go to www.traunerofuneralhome.com.