Brian D. Smith 61 of Cardington Ohio passed away Friday, April 28th at 10 pm. At Marion General hospital after medical complications. He had been in declining health for the past 8 years.
Brian was born in September of 1961 to the late Harold and Betty Smith (Edison) who preceded him in death.
He was a 1981 graduate of Mt. Gilead High school and also attended Tri Rivers joint Vocational School where he received a certification in welding.
On November 13, 1982, Brian married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Kimberly Ann (Little) Smith. They were together for 22 years before Kim's untimely death in October of 2004.
Throughout Brian's life he worked many places and had many jobs but of those many jobs his most memorable was his time as a trackman working the C&O and B&O railroad, Dana Coupling Products of Upper Sandusky, and as a meat packer with Hudson meats in Columbus Ohio.
Brian loved to fish and be in the outdoors and he also loved to work in his wood shop creating many items. He especially liked making shelves for his mother's bell collection. He enjoyed playing cards and cooking. He received his biggest joy from gardening. He spent time planting seeds in planters in the spring and then transferring them to the garden beds once they became ready. He would listen to his favorite music while working outside which consisted of AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He enjoined travelling to Amish country and spending time in Sugar Creek with wife Kim. They liked to stop at the many farm markets and vegetable stands along the way.
Brian is survived by his sister Susan Smith, brother Bruce Smith, brother Wayne Smith all of Edison, brother Terry Smith (Laura Clevenger-Smith) of Ashley. Niece Bethany (Nick) Speers, Nephews Justin (Cindy) Smith and Benjamin (Marti) Smith. In addition, great nieces Hadley Divelbiss and Everly Smith and great Nephews Kai Divelbiss and Noah Smith. Extended family Dakota Nester, Kenton Nester, and Audrey Nester.
Also preceding him in death was a sister, Rev. Karen Smith, grandparents Arthur and Kate Smith, Elmer and Estelle Ghent, aunt Donna June Gomph of Cardington, and uncle Tom & aunt Genevieve Ghent, as well as many cousins.
The family would like to extend gratitude to the hospital staff at Marion General Hospital for the care Brian received during his brief stay. In particular nurse Sandy, Jessica and Beatrice who were part of Brian's care team.
Per Brian's wishes there will be no calling hours. There will be a private graveside service at later date conducted by the reverend Jeffery Acker.
Gompf Funeral Service of Cardington is honored to have been chosen to assist the Smith family with Brian's final wishes and condolences may be expressed at www.gompffh.com.