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Vernon Smith

June 29, 1938 ~ September 7, 2019 (age 81)

Vernon Smith, 81, of Sandusky passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019 in the Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.

A stubborn hillbilly with a loving and caring heart was born in Sibert, Kentucky on June 29, 1938. Early in Vern’s life he developed a huge love and appreciation for music and was a gifted guitar player. He loved to sing and yodel to his family. His legacy of photography and videography will always be with his family in their photographs and videos he had taken. In his later years he loved to go to the casinos with his family, feed the birds and squirrels in his yard, and take care of his garden. He was talented at making wooden garden ornaments and shared them with his family and friends. He was the owner of Smith Roofing until his retirement.

Vern loved his family and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren above all else. He had a special place in his heart for his pretty baby blue parakeets and they gave him so much joy.

He is survived by one son, Ted (Val) Wilson; four daughters, Tamara (Steven) Ehrnsberger, Lynanne Heckters, Amy Sargent, and Sheryl Smith; his significant other Phyllis Frye; eleven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; one brother Gene Smith; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith; four sons, Bruce, Andrew, William, and David; one great grandchild, Cielo Micah Cruz; his parents, Virgil and Nervey (Sibert) Smith; three brothers, Herman Smith, Darrel Smith, and Clayton Smith; and one sister, Fredia Smith-Horn.

Friends may call from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in the Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky and from 10:00 AM until the time of funeral service at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 12, 2019 in the Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky. The Rev. Dr. Eric Bodenstab will officiate. Private committal services will be held in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870 or to Cancer Services, 505 E. Perkins Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.

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Donations may be made to:

Stein Hospice Service
1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky OH 44870
Tel: 1-419-625-5269

Cancer Services
505 W. Perkins Avenue, Sandusky OH 44870
Tel: 1-419-626-4548

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