5345 South Street | Vermilion, OH 44089
Obituary of Bobby Gene Smith
Bobby Gene Smith, 83, of Vermilion, died Monday, May 18, 2020 at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 25, 1937 in Somerset, KY and had been a Vermilion resident for the past year and a half moving from Florence Twp.
Bobby worked on his father's farm raising tobacco when he was younger and then worked for the Cleveland Quarries in Amherst for 6 years. He then started with Ford Motor Co., Lorain where he worked for 39 years, retiring in the Paint Room as a utility relief man in 1997.
He was a member of the Sandusky Church of God, Kipton Sportsman's Club, LaGrange Engine Club, and Ely Lodge #424 in Vermilion where he was a 32nd degree Mason. He enjoyed gardening and loved working on his Hit-and-Miss Engines and John Deer Tractors. He received many awards for his tractors.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sandra (nee Justice) Smith of Vermilion; daughter, Amie (Mathew) White of Amherst; sons, Alan (Pam) Smith of Wellington and Bobby (Sarah) Smith, Jr. of Wakeman; step-son, Stephen (LeAnn) Sexton of Liberty, SC; grandchildren, Brittany (Joel) Palczer, Gabriel White, Cory Smith, Derek Smith, Kyle Smith, Kevin Smith, Laura Nelson, Heather Sexton, Hailey Sexton; and several great-grandchildren; brother, Ralph (Betsy) Smith of Elyria; and sisters, Annetta Sexton of Somerset, KY, Barbara (Tony) Pagan of Amherst and Linda Sue Smith of Cleveland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Maggie (nee Hardwick) Smith; great grandson Jase Dean Palczer; and his sisters, Mary Louise Beck and Shirley Smith.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 11:00 am until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion, Ohio. Pastors Sam Studer and Harvey Studer Sr. will co-officiate. All are welcome to attend however, social distancing will be practiced during the visitation, rotating a limited number of people in the funeral home at one time. The number of people inside the funeral home will also be limited for the service, so it will be streamed live at www.facebook.com/riddlefh. Graveside services will be held Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Rugby Cemetery, Brownhelm Twp.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Sandusky Church Of God, 1018 West Bogart Road, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.
Online condolences may be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com.
5345 South Street
Vermilion, OH 44089
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