George Smith (1926-2020)

George Henry Smith, age 93, of Wauseon, passed away Monday evening, February 17, 2020, at CHP – Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice. He had worked for Stubnuts and Geene in Adrian for 19 years, had farmed, and had also worked for Dennis’s Potato Farms for many years.

George was born in Bryan, Ohio, on August 16, 1926, the son of Harlan L. and Grace (Shaffer) Smith. On June 21, 1944, he married Helen G. Pike, and she preceded him in death in 2005.

He was an Army Veteran of WWII, having served in the Pacific Theater. He attended Beulah United Methodist Church. George enjoyed putting out and tending his large vegetable garden for many years.

Surviving are children, Robert L. (Mary) Smith of Troy, OH, Charlene G. (Jack) Hartzell of Wauseon, Geraldine M. Riggs of Napoleon; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Margie Gorrell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son, Gerald Smith; seven sisters; and four brothers.

Visitation for George will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Friday, February 21, 2020, at the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, 219 S. Fulton St., Wauseon, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, also at the funeral home, with Pastor Jack Tibbets, officiating. Interment will follow in the Tedrow Cemetery where Military Rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard.

The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Beulah United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be offered to the family at


3 Comments on "George Smith (1926-2020)"

  1. So sorry to hear about Uncle George. I have many great memories.

  2. I remember watching uncle George play horseshoes at family reunions when I was a kid.
    Also In later years how shocked he was when I told him how much an ear of corn cost in Chicago.

  3. My wife Trudy will always remember Uncle George telling her she looked “Gorgeous” at the family reunion in West Unity !! It made her day !! He was always a admirer of the ladies !! But he was definitely a Ford man and Made in America man through and through !! Mom, Dad, and Sis will take care of him now til the rest of us join him !!! See you on the other side Uncle George !!!

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