Dean Odell Smith

April 3, 2017 - March 16, 2017
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Dean Odell Smith, 87 of Dover died peacefully, Thursday, March 16, 2017 at The Inn at Northwood Village while in the care of Community Hospice.

The only son of the late Melvin and Avonel Clark Smith, Dean was born in Minerva Ohio on April 3, 1929.

Dean was a graduate of North Canton Hoover High School where he pl…

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Dean Odell Smith, 87 of Dover died peacefully, Thursday, March 16, 2017 at The Inn at Northwood Village while in the care of Community Hospice.

The only son of the late Melvin and Avonel Clark Smith, Dean was born in Minerva Ohio on April 3, 1929.

Dean was a graduate of North Canton Hoover High School where he played center on the Hoover football team. At 18 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served on a supply ship during the Korean War. He met the love of his life, the former Sylvia Hofflander, at the USO in Waukegan Illinois and were married in San Diego on March 18, 1951. Dean was employed as a tool and die maker with the Hoover Company and retired from Tyson Roller Bearing in Massillon.

In 1984, Dean and Sylvia relocated to the Tuscarawas Valley and joined St. John’s United Church of Christ at Dover where Dean was an active member of the church choir. He also enjoyed singing with the Tuscarawas Valley Barbershop Chorus. In addition to his passion for singing, Dean enjoyed woodcarving and in his younger years hunted, fished, and canoed. Together, Dean and Sylvia volunteered at the Wilderness Center in Wilmot for more than 20 years.

In addition to his wife of nearly 66 years, Dean is survived by their three children, Barry (Emily) Smith of Greencove Springs, Florida, Dave (Diane) Smith of Highland Heights, Ohio, and Randy (Lillie) Smith of Columbia, South Carolina; five grandchildren, Derek, Dena, and Danielle Smith, and Kirsten and Cameron Smith and a great-granddaughter, Saylor.

In addition to his parents, Dean is preceded in death by an infant son, Dennis Smith.

A service celebrating Dean’s life will be led by Rev. Thomas Dunkle in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 1:30 PM where the family will greet guests one hour prior to services. Burial will follow in the North Canton Cemetery in North Canton.

The family suggests instead of flowers, memorial contributions be directed to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 12:30 pm

End Time: 1:30 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

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5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 1:30 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

North Canton Cemetery


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Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Kim Massie posted on 3/21/17

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.

 

Jean Paddock posted on 3/20/17

I'm writing to share with Dean's family how much I enjoyed getting to know him (and Sylvia) through St. John's Choir. We got along so well and please know this... I visited Dean and Sylvia at their home once in the past few years over our shared love of rhubarb and the hearty patch they had. My rhubarb gift from them just started coming up over the past week or so and I'm sure that's no coincidence. I'll think of Dean every time I use and enjoy that rhubarb. I'm so sorry to not be able to attend on Wednesday to properly say how much I care about Dean (and Sylvia) in person. Please know that you and your family are held up in prayer and well loved. With best regards during a difficult time, jean paddock

 

Mike & Barb Rossi posted on 3/19/17

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Smith family. May Dean Rest In Peace?

 

Margaret Ann Scherer Brunner posted on 3/19/17

To Sylvia and Dean's family: I had the privilege to know Dean from choir at St. John's and the picture with his obituary captures his smile, laughter, and teasing to perfection. I am sincerely in tears as I write this. He made a room always seem brighter when he entered. I did not know that he was living in Dover (I thought they had moved to the Cleveland area and had sent a couple notes to them. Had no idea they had returned and am so sorry! ) I would have loved a couple more visits with them. Please know that he will always stay in my memories. He reminded me of my Dad in so many, many ways. Again---I am sorry and I have missed him so much thinking he was in Cleveland. Blessing and prayers for you all. Sincerely, Margaret Ann Scherer Brunner (he called me Maggie)

 

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