Kenneth R. "'Smitty'" Smith

January 27, 1935 - February 12, 2021
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Kenneth R. ‘Smtty’ Smith, age 86 of Lima and previously of Gomer, passed at 11:20 a.m., Friday, February 12, 2021 at the Springs of Lima. He was born January 27, 1935 in Sugar Creek Township, Allen County, Ohio to the late Charles L. and Eldora A. Humphreys Smith. On September 7, 1957 he married Carolyn A. Melson, who passed February 5, 1995.

Mr. Smith retired as a security officer in 1990 from the State Hospital and was a U.S. Army Veteran. Although he was working a full time job, he owned and operated with his family the K-Lyn Dairy Farm and also worked construction. He formerly belonged to the Cairo United Methodist Church, was a former member of the Sugar Creek Grange, Gomer Dad’s Club, Indian Lake Moose Club, and the Eagles Lodge #370 of Lima. He was a lifemember of the American Legion Post 96 and the V.F.W. Post 1275, both of Lima. He had been a member of the Ohio Polka Boosters with his wife Carolyn.

He is survived by 2 sons – Kevin B. (Kim) Smith of North Lewisburg, Ohio; Keith A. (Lisa) Smith of Pheonix, Arizona; 1 daughter – Kendra K. Smith of Hartford City, Indiana; 5 grandchildren – Jennifer (Jesse) Smith Adams; Joshua (Faith) Smith; Nathan Smith; Jared Smith; Gavid Smith; Clarissa Smith; 2 great grandchildren – Kayden David Smith and Piper Raine; 2 brothers – David Smith of Lima and William Lowell Smith of Hicksville, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his companion – Wanda Heffner, who passed in 2018.

Funeral services will begin 3:00 p.m., Monday, February 15, 2021 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Military rites will be observed by the V.F.W. Post 1275 of Lima. Burial will be at a later date in Cairo West Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Equastrian Therapy Program, 22532 Bowsher Road, Cridersville, OH 45806.

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Date: Monday, February 15, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Monday, February 15, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

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Born: January 27, 1935
Died: February 12, 2021

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Putnam County Hospice posted on 2/15/21

The staff of Putnam County Hospice sends our deepest sympathy for your loss. We will keep Kenneth and all of his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.


B. Cognion Shapter posted on 2/14/21

In memory of Kenneth R. "'Smitty'" Smith, B. Cognion Shapter lit a candle


B. Cognion Shapter posted on 2/14/21

Fondly remembered as my friend, my teacher & my boss. I would never have made it through without you. R.I.P. from Capt. (Ret.) James Shapter ODRC


June Michel posted on 2/14/21

My deepest sympathy to Kenny’s family. I pray the Lord accepts his newest Angel into his kingdom and that he wraps his arms around the family giving them comfort in this time of sorrow.


Robert George posted on 2/14/21

Sorry for your loss, God be with you.


Pamela Billingsley-Gilliland posted on 2/13/21

“Uncle” Kenny will be missed by so many people! He was one of the hardest workers I knew, but always had time for a funny story. Kenny also had time to play golf, bowl, and square dance - maybe after roofing a house or laying cement blocks. I really admired him. He was like a brother to my mother. Rest In Peace, sweet man. ❤️🌹🙏🏼