Saturday, June 8th, 2013
David C. Smalley, 89, Rockford, died at 7:50 p.m. June 6, 2013, at his home.
He was born April 28, 1924, in Blackcreek Township to Wilbur and Adah Alspaugh Smalley. On June 2, 1951, he married Margery Smith, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Robert (Susan) Smalley of Rockford; a daughter, Kathy (Thomas) Custer of Marysville; a brother, Thomas Smalley of Celina; and three grandchildren, Bryan Smalley, Clayton Custer and Andrew Custer.
Deceased are a brother, Jacob Smalley; and two sisters, Carrie Sipe, and Bessie Hoffines.
He was a 1942 graduate of Rockford High School. He was in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in the 41st Infantry and working as a corporal under General McArthur. He worked as a foreman at Teleflex in Van Wert. He was a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, where he was active in the church and a faithful Christian, serving on many committees. He farmed all of his life and was an Ohio Farm Bureau member. He was a member of the Rockford American Legion Post #508, and "TJ's Early Morning Round Table-advisor on World Affairs." He was also an avid gardener and enjoyed spending time working in his orchard.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, the Rev. Chip Steffy officiating. Burial will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to State of the Heart Hospice, and Rockford United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be left at ketchamripley.com.
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