Donald E. Smith, 85, of Berlin Heights died Tuesday evening, May 4, 2010, in Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky.
He was born June 25, 1924, in Crestline, Ohio, and has lived in the Berlin Heights area for more than 60 years. He worked as a mechanic for many years at Berlin Heights Auto Supply and later owned and operated Don's Marathon in town. He went on to be a salesman for Parts Distributors in Norwalk, retiring in 2006. He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, 50 year member and past fire chief of the Berlin Township Fire Department, served as an officer for the Erie County Firefighters Association, Berlin and Huron Granges, Berlin Township Conservation Club, Berlin Echoes, Kiwanis, and he and his wife were Berlin Heights Citizens of the Year.
He loved bowling and sponsored a team for many years in the Berlin Community League. He enjoyed woodworking, specializing in outdoor nativity sets and bluebird houses. He also loved gardening and raising his gladiolas at home and sharing them with everyone.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ethel Lois (Hartman); children, Susan (David) Smith of Millbury, Ohio, Ronald (Sue) Smith of Berlin Twp., Stephen (Doris) Smith of Urbandale, Iowa, Raymond (Sharen) Smith of Berlin Twp., Barbara Hargreaves of Berlin Twp., Beverly (Christopher) Huston of Berlin Twp., Charles (Michele) Smith of Berlin Twp., Amy (Kevin) Palm of Norwalk and Andrew (Christine) Smith of Berlin Twp.; 24 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Fred and Mary Ellen (Gresmer) Smith; and two sisters and four brothers.
Friends may call 3-9 p.m. Friday at Berlin Township Fire Station #1 on Ohio 61, south of Berlin Heights. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Congregational United Church of Christ on Main Street in Berlin Heights. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Berlin Heights.
Memorial contributions may be made to Berlin Township Fire Dept., PO Box 21, Berlin Heights, OH 44814 or the charity of the donors choice.
Morman-Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at mormanfh.com.