He was born Sept. 21, 1926, in Monroeville, to Warren and Emma (Long) Smith. Vernon was a 1944 graduate of Bellevue High School. He was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Norwalk, and the North Fairfield American Legion.
Vernon retired after 30-plus years of service from Ford Motor Co. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He enjoyed woodworking and reading.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Joanne E. (Schild) Smith; three children, Larry E. Smith of Willard, Sharon J. (Kenneth) Didion of Westlake, and David V. Smith of Bellevue; one daughter-in-law, Cathy Smith of Michigan; six grandchildren, Dennis (Rosalie) Smith, Colleen King, Jodi Smith, Craig (Stephanie) Didion, Eric (Sarah) Smith, and Wayne Smith; seven great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Smith, Kyle Smith, Rosa King, Olivia Didion, Hannah Didion, Seth Smith, and Shelby Smith; one great-great-grandchild, Sawyer Smith; one brother, Donald (Barb) Smith of Monroeville, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Vernon was preceded in death by his son, Michael Smith; his parents; and five siblings.
Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Pfeil Funeral Home, Monroeville Chapel, 109 Monroe St., Monroeville. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 243 Benedict Ave., Norwalk. The Rev. Ann Marshall will officiate. Private family committal service will be in St. Peter Cemetery, Pontiac.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.
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