Clifford H. Smith, 92, of Elyria and formerly of Grafton, died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Keystone Pointe in LaGrange, under the care of Tridia Hospice. He was born October 31, 1921 in Bridgeport, West Virginia, to Hornor A. and Elsie Marie (Nee Paugh) Smith.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in Alaska and the Yukon Territory. He was mechanic and repaired heavy equipment used to construct the Alacan Highway. He then transferred to Cincinnati where he served in the military police unit. Cliff moved his family to Elyria in 1953 to work for Ohio Screw Products, until retiring in 1983.
He was a member of Washington Avenue Christian Church and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, bowling, reading and playing cards.
Cliff is survived by his daughters, Helen Marie Arcara of Cleveland, Tennessee and Sharon Kay (John) Shaffstall; son, Kenneth Wayne (Priscilla Hefner) Smith, with whom he had resided and a daughter-in-law, Sheila M. Smith, all of Elyria; grandchildren, Lori (John) Lawton, Cheryl Ann Bray, Steven Duane Bray, Trisha Lynnae Smith, Heather Ann (Rocky) Overstreet, Jason Ray Shaffstall, Justin Steven Shaffstall, Lisa Marie (Jason) Ward, Jeremy Allen (Heidi) Smith; 15 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha May (nee Shreve) Smith in 1996; son, Clifford W. “Smitty” Smith in 2006; brothers, Denver and Hershel Smith; sister, Vivian Mossor and his long time companion, Esther “Addie” Buczak.
Friends will be received Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 4 to 7 P.M. at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria. A funeral service will be Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11 A.M. in the funeral home, with Reverend Janet A. Long officiating. Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria, where Elyria VFW #1079 will present military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Avenue Christian Church, 301 Washington Ave., Elyria, OH 44035.