Rory K. "'Big R'" Smith

January 13, 1965 - January 16, 2020
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Rory K. ‘Big R’ Smith, age 55 of Cridersville, passed at 6:48 a.m., Thursday, January 16, 2020, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, with his loving wife by his side. He was born January 13, 1965 in Lima, Ohio to Richard R. and Sally Ann Schgier Smith. His mother preceded him in death and his father survives in Cridersville. On October 1, 1988 he married Julie A. Black, and she survives in Cridersville.

Rory had worked as a chemical operator with Nutrien ‘Potash’ for over 34 years. He attended Cridersville United Methodist Church. His hobbies included playing poker and golfing. He was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Vikings, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Most of all, he treasured time spent with his family.

Also surviving are 3 children – Beau C. (Brittney) Smith of Cridersville; twins – Hannah M. (John Morman) Smith of Shawnee and Dalton R. (Lyndsey Roberts) Smith of Cridersville; 2 grandpuppies – Roxie and Marlie; 3 grandchildren – Brylee K. Smith; Austin C. Morman; Kristofer P. ‘KMan’ Morman; 2 brothers – Richard A. (Stephanie) Smith of O’Fallon, Missouri; Russell L. Smith of Coldwater, Michigan; 2 sisters – Wendy S. Wertz of Wapakoneta; Candace L. (Austen) Roberts of Lima, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will begin 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Rev Mark Hollinger and Rory’s Uncle Rev. Robert Tussing will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2020 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Ch-Ki-Lo Food Pantry

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Date: Monday, January 20, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806


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Born: January 13, 1965
Died: January 16, 2020

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Janet Shuler posted on 1/24/20

I am so sorry and have been praying for you and your family. Rory was such a great guy and I loved working with him. Please know that I care and prayers are going up. Hugs


Russ Miller Grammer Industires posted on 1/21/20

So sorry for your loss - Rory will truly be missed


Ernie Gresh posted on 1/20/20

Julie and Family, I am very saddened to hear of your loss. May God bless and comfort your family during this difficult time. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Mark & Deb Schroyer posted on 1/19/20

In memory of Rory K. "'Big R'" Smith, Mark & Deb Schroyer lit a candle


Mark & Deb Schroyer posted on 1/19/20

Julie and family so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.