Wayne A. Smith, 81, of New Riegel, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria.
He was born Aug. 6, 1932, in Tiffin, to Tom and Amanda (Heilman) Smith. He married Dolores "Dolly" (Fuller) Smith Oct. 6, 1956, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Riegel, with the Rev. Leo A. Hoying officiating, and she survives in New Riegel.
Also surviving are five children, Michelle Smith of Rainelle, W.Va., Gary (Judy) Smith of New Riegel, Amy Johnson of Carey, Tonya (Dan) Reinhart of New Riegel and Shannon (Rodney) Williams of Alvada; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ricky Smith; a daughter, Karen Marsh; a brother, Tom E. Smith; and an infant sister.
Wayne graduated from Kenmore High School, Akron, served four years in the U.S. Navy (1951-1955) and served eight years on New Riegel Board of Education. He retired in 1995 as owner of Smith's Classic Machine Inc., New Riegel. He was a member of All Saints Parish, New Riegel, past commander and lifetime member of New Riegel American Legion Post No. 354, New Riegel Moose Lodge No. 872, charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 10749, charter member of SME, Findlay, and Fostoria United Sportsman Club. He was instrumental in the remodeling of St. Boniface Church and inducted in the New Riegel PTO Hall of Fame.
Wayne dearly loved and supported his family. He enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing, hunting, traveling and he was an avid golfer.
Visitation is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today, Nov. 5, 2013, at Hoening Funeral Home, 242 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria, and also 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church, New Riegel.
His Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at All Saints Catholic Church, New Riegel, with the Rev. Tim Kummerer presiding. New Riegel American Legion will conduct military honors at the church.
Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the church, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Wounded Warriors Project or a charity of the donor's choice.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.hoeningfuneralhome.com.