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Passing of a founding father…

Herald L.R. “Jake” Smith, age 76, of Wellington, OH died Saturday, February 3, 2007 at Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph’s in Lorain, OH after a long (hard fought) illness.

Mr. Smith was born April 7, 1930 to the late, Herman & Ollie (Handley) Smith. Herald grew up in Wellington where he remained the rest of his life. He served three years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, during which he was stationed in Germany as a radio operator.

He was very passionate, hard working and loving. He founded Modern Poured Walls and was involved with many business endeavors for over forth years. He also played an intricate part in the creation of the Penfield Recreation Park. Mr. Smith was well-known around Wellington, where he was often seen driving around with his brother, Dean or eating breakfast at his favorite restaurant Cecil’s. He was a member of the Wellington Eagles Arie #2051. He enjoyed sulky racing of standard breed horses, golfing, hunting and going camping. He had a great sense of humor and a bright outlook on life.

Herald was a caring father, husband, brother and friend. He is survived by nine children, Treasa (David) Williams, Scott (Linda) Smith, Chris (Dean) Poling, Hope Smith, Kerry (Michele) Smith, Tina (Jeff ) Corn all of Wellington; Ken (Kathy) Smith, Jeff Smith, Mike (Tracy) Smith all of Olympia, WA; 17 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; 5 step children; 2 brothers, Dean Smith of Wellington and Melvin “Tubby” Smith of Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Smith; a sister, Evelyn Williams; and 2 brothers, Ernie and Bill Smith. Funeral services were held on February 7th at Norton-Eastman Funeral Home in Wellington. Memorials may be made to the Eagles #2051.

To Grandpa from your grandkids—“See you later alligator…After while crocodile”.

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