Howard James "Smitty the Cop" Smith, 87 years of age, of Delphos, Ohio, departed this life at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Decemmber 30th, 2013 at Van Wert Manor.
Howard was born on June 18th, 1926, in Jenera, Ohio, son of the late Oliver H. Smith and Mary R. Smith Hole. He worked for the Delphos Police Department from 1964 until 1981 and also retired in 1981 as General Inspector from Lima Loco/Clark Equipment Works. Howard then retired as Chief of Police of Marion Township in June of 1991. He also worked at the Allen County Sheriff's Department as a sheriff.
Howard was a World War II, United States Army veteran in the Third Army 95 Infantry, 377 Regiment, from August of 1944 until 1946, where he led two major battle companies: Rineland and Central Europe. He earned two major battle stars, a combat badge, and a bronze star medal.
Howard was a life member of NRA, VFW Post#3035, Amercian Legion Post#268, Peri and Eagles Post#471. He was also a member of the Black Swamp Rifle and Pistol Club in Delphos, Ohio and Buckeye Sheriff Association.
He loved tent camping with his children, target shooting, feeding birds and squirrels, and sitting on his porch greeting people. Howard was a people person and truly enjoyed his time as a police office for the City of Delphos.
Howard was survived by two sons, Howard J. Smith, Jr. of Gomer, Ohio and David M. Smith of Delphos, Ohio; two daughters, Susan J. (and Larry) Basinger of Delphos, Ohio and Dorothy J. (and Rick) Lockhart of Columbus, Ohio; seven sisters, Sally Bohn of Defiance, Ohio, Isabel Kramer of Fort Jennings, Ohio, Shirley Perrin of Ossian, Indiana, Nancy Rayle of St. Joe, Indiana, Mary (and Bob) Sailer of Hicksville, Ohio, Virginia (and Larry) Clark of Lima, Ohio, and Kathy (and Kurt) Martin of Delphos, Ohio; five brothers, Don (and Donna) Smith of Lima, Ohio, Oliver (and Marilyn) Smith of Ada, Ohio, Jack (and Bonnie) Smith of Ossian, Indiana, Thomas (and Marlene) Smith of Augusta, Georgia, and John (and Deb) Smith of Mendon, Ohio; 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends who mourn his passing.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Dorothy Weaver Smith, whom he married on July 25th, 1945 and departed this life on June 6th, 2008; one son, John Smith; one daughter, Sheryl L. Campbell; his parents, Oliver H. Smith and Mary R. Smith Hole; and one sister, Carol King.
Visitations were held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 at the Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, Ohio.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 in the Chapel of the Harter and Schier Funeral Home with Rev. Pam King officiating.
The Delphos Veterans Council conducted military graveside rites following the service at the Walnut Grove Cemetery.
THIS IS A TRIBUTE IN MEMORY OF SMITTY,
If you could see me now you wouldn't shed a tear, Though you may not understand why I'm no longer there. Remember my spirit, that is the real me because I'm still very much alive, I've just been set free. Oh, if you could only see!
I have held our Father's face and I've touched my Savior's hand. All of Heaven's angels rejoiced as I entered the promised land. Beyond the gates of pearl I've walked on the golden streets.
I've touched the walls of jasper and dipped my foot in the crystal sea. The beauty is beyond words and nothing could compare, I've even seen our Lords mansion and someday I'll meet you there. Let Jesus be your guide because "His Word" will show you the way. So please don't cry because we will meet again someday.
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