Gerald Smith, Xenia, Ohio died Monday July, 3, 2017, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Jamie (Smith) Kuhlman and Springboro Police Patrolman Eric Kuhlman in Oregonia, Ohio at the age of 84.

Gerald Smith, Xenia, Ohio died Monday July, 3, 2017, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Jamie (Smith) Kuhlman and Springboro Police Patrolman Eric Kuhlman in Oregonia, Ohio at the age of 84.
Gerald was born May 11 1934 in Morley, Tenn., to the late John M. and Irene M. Smith.
He was married to Hedwig ("Hedy") Smith (ne?e Daranyi, 1942-2006) from 1964 until her passing.
From 1950 to 1971, he served in the US Army as a Field Artillery Surveyor and Master Parachutist, having served tours in Germany, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as Kentucky, North Carolina and Colorado, and is a recipient of the Bronze Star with “V” device and the Purple Heart. Upon retirement from the Army, he settled in Neosho, where he worked as a water treatment plant operator, farmed Christmas trees and raised rabbits, and apprenticed as a brickmason, leading to owning & operating the Flue Master Chimney Sweep. In 1983, he relocated to Ohio to care for his father, where he worked as a water treatment plant operator for the city of Xenia, retiring in 2005.
He is survived by his son William Smith, Elizabethton, Tenn., and daughters Tanja (Smith) Resch-Jillson, Yellow Springs, Ohio and Jamie Kuhlman, as well as grandchildren Charles Smith, Ft. Gordon, Ga., Jared Smith, Elizabethton, Rachel Misik and Jillian Resch-Given, Yellow Springs, Dennis Misik, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., and Ethan Kuhlman and Julianna Kuhlman, Oregonia, Ohio. He is also survived by his brother, Joseph Smith and sisters, Joyce (Smith) Lewis, Barbara (Smith-Frese) Bass and Patricia (Smith) Lowery, all of Dayton, Ohio.
In addition to Hedy and his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Charles Smith and Lowell Smith.
A service will be held on Saturday, July 15 2017 at 4 PM for those wishing to celebrate his life and memory at the Hope Hotel, 3660 State Route 444, Fairborn, OH 45324 (near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base main entrance). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.