Norman Leo ‘Smitty’ Smith

Norman Leo “Smitty” Smith, 81, Main Street, Lowell, died Saturday morning (Feb. 2, 2013) in Marietta.

Born May 30, 1931, in Lowell, he was a son of the late Robert and Doris Cobb Smith.

During the Korean War, he served as a helicopter mechanic with the Air Force. Smitty had been a bus driver for Fort Frye Local Schools, retiring after 18 years of service. He later retired from WASCO, following four more years. He was a member of the Lowell United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 750, in Lowell. Smitty enjoyed camping, fishing and bird watching.

He was married Dec. 5, 1952, to Roberta Phelps, who survives along with two children, Jerry Smith (Annie) and Cindy Reed, all of Lowell; two granddaughters, Jessica Ross (Tony), of Beverly, and Elizabeth Reed, of Marietta; two great-granddaughters, Ariane Pollock and Janessa Ross; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Jacynda Ross; one stepgreat-grandson, Ethan Ross; one brother, Bill Smith (Barb), of Lowell and a sister-in-law Iva K. Vance, of Wooster. He was preceded in death by a brother Jack, and infant brothers Jimmie and Eugene.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 9, 2013) in the social hall of Lowell United Methodist Church with Pastor Pamela J. Lashley officiating. A private burial of ashes will take place in Greenlawn Cemetery, with full military rites observed, at a later date. The family will greet friends at the church for one hour prior to services.

It is suggested that memorials may be directed to either the L-A Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 406, or the Lowell United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 332, both in Lowell, Ohio 45744.

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