Dale A. Smith – Crawford County now

Dale A.  Smith – Crawford County now


as if September 27, 2022 11:01 am

Dale A. Smith, 92, passed away peacefully at home on September 26, 2022.

He was born October 23, 1929 in Likens Twp., Ohio to the late Arden and Elizabeth (Hawkins) Smith. Dale graduated from Heidelberg University in 1951 and was a star shortstop on the Heidelberg varsity baseball team. His baseball career was cut short by a knee injury in college, but he continued to play softball for Timken in the Bucyrus Industrial League for several years. In the year On November 9, 1957, Dale married Mary Jean Capel. They have been married for 64 years.

Dale began his 42-year career at Timken the summer after college. He held various positions, rising to the position of Director of Personnel. Over the years, Dell has hired many Timken employees. Dale was an avid golfer and enjoyed the Bucyrus Senior Golf League where he was a member of the Bucyrus Country Club. Dale was a member of Holy Trinity Church and served on the Holy Trinity School Board.

In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his sisters, Virginia Kohli and Joan Swaley; his brother, Carl Smith; and his beloved granddaughter, Leslie Smith.

In addition to his wife, Mary Jean Smith, he is survived by his son, Doug Smith, his wife, Wanda, and their daughter, Lauren, and his son, Dennis, his wife, Kelly, and their children, Erika Fogle (husband Andrew), Nick Smith (fiancee, Alexia Koerkenmeyer). great grandson Caleb Fogle and many nieces and nephews.

Dale had a great love for his family. He enjoyed spending time with his precious grandchildren and participating in their events. Dale loved Cleveland sports teams, Ohio State, and Jack Nichols. If he wasn’t playing golf, he’d be looking for golf balls, of which he’d collected tens of thousands. He attended many college football and baseball games and participated in many golf tournaments at Muirfield and the Masters. After retirement, Dale and Mary Jean visited 47 of the 50 states. Over the past several years, Dale has enjoyed watching all of these events on TV.

Dale’s family will receive friends at Wise Funeral Home on Thursday, September 29th from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Paul Fahrbach is directing. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations are encouraged to be made payable to the Epilepsy Foundation of Ohio and made to the funeral home. Memories and photos can be shared on Dale’s tribute page. www.wisefuneral.com.

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