Russell "Ike" E. Smith Sr., 97, of Attica, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Ruffing Family Care Center, Bloomville.
He was born Dec. 14, 1916, in Venice Township, to Perry A. and Maude A. (Meiser) Smith. Mr. Smith attended Attica High School and was a farmer and worked at General Electric in the light bulb division. He was a member of Baseline St. John's United Church of Christ, Grange and the National Guard. He enjoyed being outdoors and nature.
Mr. Smith is survived by nine children, Joseph W. (Joyce) Smith, Russell E. Smith Jr. and Charles W. (Michelle) Smith, all of Bloomville, Cheryl A. (Lyle) Biederman of Bucyrus, Arnold E. (Barbara) Smith, Keith L. (Lisa) Smith, and Barbara L. (Kenneth) Lutz, all of Attica, Susan A. (fiance' Tim Stanley) Kilgore of South Carolina and David R. Smith of Attica; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, H. Eugene (Betty) Smith of Bucyrus; a sister, Dorothy Cole of Bucyrus; and a nephew, James Smith of Attica.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arlene M. (Crum) Smith July 19, 2013; a brother, Robert L. Smith; and one granddaughter.
His funeral will begin at noon Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at St. John's United Church of Christ, Baseline, with Pastor Bob Haskins officiating.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today at Lindsey-Foos-Kocher Funeral Service, 295 W. Tiffin St., Attica, and from 10 a.m. until the time of his funeral at noon Saturday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or Stein Hospice through the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.lindseyfooskocher.com.