Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Carl I. Smith, 84, formerly of Spencerville and Russells Point, died at 6:25 p.m. Aug. 13, 2014, at his home in Bonita Springs, Fla., with his family at his side.
He was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Mercer County, to Ernest and Anna Brown Smith. On July 28, 1950, he married Janette Taylor, who survives in Florida.
Also surviving are two sons, Michael C. Smith, Venedocia, and David T. Smith, Fort Myers, Fla.; two grandchildren, Alex Smith and Taylor Anna Smith; three brothers-in-law, Ralph Taylor, Lakeland, Fla., Robert (Carol) Taylor, Van Wert, and Marvin (Nancy) Taylor, Lima; and a sister-in-law, Marcia Hartman, Indianapolis, Ind.
Deceased is a sister, Betty AcAfee.
He was a 1947 graduate of Celina High School and served in the U.S. Navy on a minesweeper following World War II. He owned and operated the Elgin Grain Company with his family for 35 years. He was a member of the Ohio Grain and Seed Dealers Association, a charter member of the Venedocia Lions Club, a member of the Mendon Masonic Lodge and the Community Congregational Church, Russells Point. He was a trustee of Van Wert Hospital and was a licensed pilot using the Van Wert Airport. He also enjoyed scuba diving and fishing.
A memorial service is 4 p.m. Sunday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, Pastor Jim Ellington officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Venedocia Cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Van Wert Health Professionals Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.