Garnett L. Smith

Garnett L. SmithGarnett L. Smith, 93, of West Unity and formerly of Pioneer passed away Monday morning at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice. He was born on April 3, 1923 in Defiance County to John M. and Cleo M. (Walters) Smith. He graduated from Pioneer High School in 1941. Garnett served his country in the United States Army during World War II. On August 3, 1992 he married Eloise Oyer in Wauseon and she survives.

Garnett was a member of Crossroads Evangelical Church in Wauseon. He was a former member of the Silver Creek Church of the Brethren. In 1985 Garnett retired from Dayton-Walther Corp in Fayette. He was also a Bridgewater Township farmer.

He is survived by his wife Eloise; one daughter, Elaine (Marc) McBride of Defiance; one son, Dick G. Smith of Jackson, Michigan; three step daughters, Judy (Bill) Overmier of Archbold, Barb Weis of Wauseon, and Susie (Shane) Krafft of Grabill, Indiana; two grandchildren, Judson (Kathryn) McBride and Kaycie McBride; two great grandchildren Jordyn & Rylan McBride; two step grandchildren, Candace Overmier and Michael (Sarah) Overmier; and two step great grandchildren, Kane & Wyatt Overmier.

Garnett was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Audrey (St. John) Smith; one sister Anita Walker, and infant brother Marvin Smith.

Memorial contributions may be given to Genesis Activity Department or Crossroads Evangelical Church. Condolence can be left for the family at

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