|Alton C. Smith|
|Written by provided to Sentinel-Tribune|
|Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:59|
Alton "Al" C. Smith, 90, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
Alton was born in Tontogany, Ohio, to the late Nelson Monroe and Gladys Edna (Hashover) Smith. He married Wilma L. Searfoss on September 6, 1942 in Greenup, Kentucky and she preceded him in death on May 13, 2006.
Al was a graduate of Tontogany High School. Al was an active member of the Rudolph Christian Church, where he served various positions including Church Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Chorister, served over 40 years as chairman of the church board, and enjoyed playing on the church softball league, where he was known for his pitching.
He was a former board member of the Westwood High School. Al was a 50-year member of the Wood County F and AM #112 and a 32nd Degree Mason. He was a member of the Chrysler Dealer Council, Bowling Green State University Presidents' Club and Falcon Club. Al was an avid BGSU basketball fan and enjoyed watching various sporting events.
From 1945-1966 Al and his late wife, Wilma owned and operated the Smith's Marathon, a service station/restaurant complex, located on the corner of Mermill Road and South Dixie Highway in Mermill, Ohio. In 1966, they founded the Al Smith Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge dealership located at 921 N. Main Street, Bowling Green where it continues as a vital business in the Bowling Green community. They also purchased the former Taylor Cadillac in Bowling Green, Ohio.
When Al was able, he truly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities. Al loved to travel and had many special memories of the worldly trips he and his wife took together. He especially enjoyed music. Al was a true family man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Al is survived by his daughter, Barbara (Mark) Bushman of Pemberville, Ohio; his son, James (Patricia Reiter) Smith of Bowling Green, Ohio; grandchildren: Dean and Jaclyn; David and Audrey; Amanda and Robert; Andrea and Brian; Adam and Karen; AJ and Christol; Ashley and Kyle; Blake, Caitlin and Diana and 12 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters: Myron (Bernie) Smith of St. Marys, Ohio; Burl (Mildred) Smith of Waterville, Ohio; Vera (Donald) Ramsden of Kent, Washington; Ruth (Franklin) Grey of Holland, Ohio; Elvin Smith of Toledo, Ohio; Ray (Marilyn) Smith of Grand Rapids, Ohio; Mary (Richard) Kuras of Sylvania, Ohio.
Along with his parents and wife, Alton was preceded in death by his son, Martin L. Smith; brothers: Eugene and Delmar Smith; sisters: Marcile Newman; Jane Gould and Carol Tolles.
Visitation will be Friday, May 25, 2012 from 2 to 8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster St./P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, OH 43402, Tele: 419/352-2171. Funeral Services will be Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. with additional visitation beginning at 10 a.m. in the Rudolph Christian Church, 13868 Mermill Road, Rudolph, OH 43462 with Pastor Dan Horner officiating. Interment will follow in the Wingston Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be gifted in Al's honor to the church.
On-line condolences, as well as fond memories, may be shared with the Smith family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.
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|Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 11:00|
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