BELOIT, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Roger T. Smith of Beloit Ohio, 92, beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, was called home on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
He was born August 1, 1927, in Minerva Ohio, to Ralph and Erma (Taylor) Smith.
He is survived by his sister, Kathryn Sanor of Alliance and brother, Robert of Beloit; children, David (Jacquelyn) of Hanoverton, Carolyn (Lee) Gabric of Alliance, Douglas of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Daniel (Stephanie) of Ypsilanti, Michigan and Suzanne (Douglas) Drew of Munith, Michigan; nine grandchildren, Thomas, Colleen, Kyle, Kevin, Rachel, James, Hannah, Sarah and Peter and three great-grandchildren, Abby, Hazel and Taylor.
Roger served in the armed forces from 1945 – 1947 as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and earned a bachelor’s degree from Mt Union College in 1952.
He taught mathematics for 39 years at Poland High School and continued to work evenings, weekends and summers on the family farm until he was 85.
An elder at North Benton Presbyterian Church since he was 20, Roger used his gift of teaching to serve his fellow church members by teaching Adult Sunday School class for many years.
Roger was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Jean Marie (Kiser) Smith.
Roger loved his wife and family faithfully and will be missed greatly by them.
A private family burial service will be held at Hartzell Cemetery in North Benton with a public memorial service to be arranged at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Davis Haven, 19690 Middletown Road, Beloit, OH 44609, his care home for the past 3-1/2 years, or to North Benton Presbyterian Church, 19070 North Benton West Road, North Benton, OH 44449.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home, Sebring, 330-938-2526. You may sign the guest register online at www.grfuneralhome.com.
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A television tribute will air Thursday, June 4, at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.