Created on Monday, 19 May 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Dale Smith, 83, of Urbana, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Sterling House of Urbana.
He was born in Urbana on Sept. 8, 1930, a son of the late Stanley and Ethel Smith. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn June Russell Smith; mother and father-in-law, Lloyd and Iris Russell; and brothers, Eugene “Gene” Smith, Larry Smith and John T. (Leona) Rogers.
He is survived by daughters, Pam (Nelson) Spellman, Deborah (Harry) Alltop, Kim (Tony) Broshes, Cheryl (Kevin) Gay, Lori (Gary) Ledford and Cinda Whaley (like another daughter); grandchildren, Felicia (Matt) Arnett, Jessica (Beau) Randall, Lesley (Sam) Doria, Dustin and Jessica Alltop, Tyler and Abbey Ledford, Casey Gay; great-grandchildren, Conner and Maicey Arnett, Riley and Parker Doria, Avery Randall and (soon to be) Brynlee Randall; sister, Shirley (Roy) Keeran; sister-in-law, Lois Smith; brother/sister-in-law, Don and Jean Russell; and several nieces and nephews.
A 1948 graduate of Salem High School, he was a member of Kingscreek United Methodist Church.
Dale spent his life farming and later several years as an auctioneer and Realtor. He was a member of and served on the board of the Ohio Holstein Association, was a 4-H adviser, and member of 5-H, Farm Bureau, Harmony Lodge 8 F&AM, Scottish Rite and Antioch Shrine.
Dale loved being an auctioneer, meeting new people, his farm and his cows. He also enjoyed going to cattle shows to watch his kids and grandkids show at the local, state and national levels while representing Stan-Mar-Dale Farms. His other favorite things were attending the many sporting activities throughout the years, coaching his girls’ softball teams and then later watching his grandkids play sports.
Dale was an OSU and a Cincinnati Reds fan and loved spending the winter months in Florida for the past 15 years.
Pastor David Brown officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kingscreek United Methodist Church. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana. Burial is in Kingscreek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami Valley, 46 N. Detroit St., Xenia 45385; and to Kingscreek United Methodist Church, 1362 Kennard Kingscreek Road, Urbana 43078.
Condolences may be expressed at www.vernonfh.com.