Dale Smetzer

Dale E. Smetzer

Tuesday, November 18th, 1924 - Friday, January 18th, 2019
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Dale E. Smetzer, age 94, of Wooster, passed away, Friday, January 18, 2019 at Danbury Senior Living in Wooster following a short illness.

He was born on November 18, 1924 in Clinton Twp. (Wayne County), Ohio to Francis S. and Margaret (Hanna) Smetzer and has been a life long resident of the area.

He married Carolyn Todd on March 4, 1945 in Wayne County. She survives.

He was Owner/Operator of Smetzer Service in Wooster for over 35 years. He then worked for Ken Miller Supply where he retired from after 10 years of service.

Dale was a member of Shreve United Methodist Church; served as Wooster Twp. Trustee for 24 years and was past President of Triway Booster Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Terry C. (Julia) Smetzer of Upper Arlington, Ohio and Gary D. (Shirley) Smetzer of Pataskala, Ohio; 5 grandchildren, Renee (Neil) Britton of Pataskala, Ohio, Alex Smetzer of Columbus, Ohio, Adam (Stacey) Smetzer of Grove City, Ohio, Sarah (Todd) Fox of San Francisco, CA. and Derek Smetzer of Orrville, Ohio; 3 great-grandchildren, Aubrey Smetzer, Carson and Logan Britton; a brother, Richard (Donna) Smetzer of Wooster and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Larry R. Smetzer; a sister and 4 brothers.

Services will be Monday, 2:00 p.m. at Custer-Glenn Funeral Home, 2284 Benden Dr. in Wooster with Pastor Dennis Rinehart officiating. There will be a private interment at Wooster Cemetery following services at the convenience of the family.

Visitation will be one hour ( 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to either: LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691 or Wooster Twp. Fire & Rescue Association, 1917 Millersburg Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 28th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Monday, January 28th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Custer-Glenn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
    2284 Benden Dr
    WOOSTER, OH 44691
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  • Service

    Monday, January 28th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday, January 28th, 2019 2:00pm
    Custer-Glenn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
    2284 Benden Dr
    WOOSTER, OH 44691
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Wooster Cemetery
    983 Madison Ave.
    WOOSTER, OH 44691
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Beth Bishop Beery

Posted at 10:29am
So sorry to hear of Dales passing. We all had such a good time on Shreve Road. and I remember all of us playing softball In the Smetzer's back yard with Dale pitching and Holly running for me, I could hit the ball a country mile but couldn't run. Just know that he is a better place and you will meet again someday
Mary Beth Bishop Beery

Greg Horn

Posted at 10:08am
I had the good fortune fo have lived two doors down from the Smetzers growing up. Dale would fix our bikes, take us for putt putt rides, referee our softball games and break up all the scuffles among his three ornery sons and our Shreve - Batdorf road gang. Dale taught me humility, always whipping me in billiards and golf as I got older. He was a successful business man, an elected township trustee, a community volunteer, a devoted husband, caring father, and dear friend to all. He and Carolyn shared so many good times throughout their 70 plus years together. Dale lived a 94 year life of faith, family and friendship to the fullest measure. Our heartfelt condolences to the Smetzer family...we will miss him.

Melinda Smetzer

Posted at 05:23am
My sympathies in hearing of Dales passing. He was such a warm hearted man. I would like to add there were 2 more great grandchildren not mentioned, Derek's children, Dylan and Kourtnie Smetzer.

Leo Alfred Family

Posted at 04:47pm
May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences.
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Posted at 09:29am
To the family of Mr. Dale Smetzer, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to each one of you for the loss of Mr. Smetzer. Mr. and Mrs. Smetzer were like a second set of parents to me. It is no exaggeration when I say that I probably spent a third of my high school years at the Smetzer house. I have such fond memories of those days. We would always play softball in their back yard all day until it either got too dark to see or we would lose our ball in the ditch across the street. I am surprised that we never broke one of the windows in their house. Mr. Smetzer sponsored and coached the softball team that Gary and I played on during the summers. I can't tell you the number of times that either Gary or I or both of us were in Coach Smetzer's "doghouse" for making some bonehead play during a game. But probably my most fond memory of Mr. Smezter was when Gary and I would ride our bikes to his service station on a hot summer day and get a 10 cent cold, orange or grape soda out of the cooler he kept in his shop. We would sit there and drink it until we would get on his nerves and he would throw us out. I am so glad that I got to spend some time with Mr. and Mrs. Smetzer when I returned to Wooster for our 50th Triway High School Reunion. There are so many more stories I could share but I think I am running out of space. God Bless you all and I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Rollin Franks

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