Kent Reed Smith

Born: Wed., Mar. 5, 1947
Died: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017

Family to do services at later date


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 05, 2017
Location: Salm-McGill-Tangeman

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Kent Reed Smith, 69, passed away at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, 3003 W. Cisco Rd., Sidney, Ohio on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5:08 AM.   He was born March 5, 1947 in Lima, Ohio to Charles and Ethel (McDowell) Smith.   His parents as well as a brother, George Ross Smith, preceded him in death.   He is survived by two brothers, Lisle (Patty) Smith of Piqua, Ohio and Warren (Becky) Smith of New Bern, North Carolina.   Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.   Kent first graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio State University.   After teaching in the Miller City, Ohio school system, he received a Master’s Degree from Miami University of Ohio.   Kent then came to Sidney in 1972, teaching English at Bridgeview Middle School before moving to the high school in 1981 where he completed his career of thirty years.   In 2000, Kent received the SEA Teacher of the Year award.   He was a member of the Ohio Retired Teacher’s Association where he had chaired the scholarship committee.   A former member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Sidney, he taught an adult Sunday School class and sang in the choir for over thirty years.   Kent also served as church elder, choir director, and endowment committee chairperson.   In recent years, he was active at Sidney’s First Presbyterian Church.   A familiar face in Sidney’s cultural scene, Kent’s participation spans multiple arts organizations.   He was a member of the vocal groups, River Glen Ensemble, Circle of Friends, Simple Harmony, and the Gateway Choral Society; in addition to his thespian work in both Sock and Buskin Community Theater and Sidney Dance Company.   He especially enjoyed comedic roles in plays and musicals such as Charlie Brown, Thorton Wilder’s Our Town, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite.   Other activites included serving as a board member of the Gateway Arts Council, chairperson of the Resident’s Association at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, director of the Amos Chapel choir, volunteer for Wilson Hospice Care, and transportation driver for the American Cancer Society.   In keeping with Kent’s wishes, he will be cremated.   A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 2 to 4 PM at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney.   A celebration memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the community room at Ohio Living - Dorothy Love Retirement Community, 3003 W. Cisco Rd., Sidney, Ohio.   Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice, 915 W. Michigan St., Sidney, Ohio  45365 and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 7015, Albert Lea, Minnesota  56007.   Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney is handling the funeral arrangements.   Condolences may be expressed on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home’s web site at:

Charitable donations may be made in Kent's memory to the following organizations:

Prostate Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 7015, Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

Wilson Hospice
1081 Fairington Drive Sidney Ohio 45365-2491
Tel: 937- 498-9335

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Deb Wentz
   Posted Wed March 01, 2017
How fitting that Kent should arrive in heaven just in time for Mardi Gras. Feast at the banquet, Kent, and eat up like you always used to love to do! Last night the strains of "Lida Rose" popped into my head. Sing sweetly and rest well my friend.

Marguerite M.
   Posted Wed March 01, 2017
I was one of the lucky ones that had him both as a Teacher and later as a friend with Sock and Buskins. Rest in peace Kent. Save some food for me.

Jewel Ike
   Posted Wed March 01, 2017
Dear Lisle and Patty, So sorry about Kent's passing .He was a special person . He accomplished so much. I know you and all who knew him will miss him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Don and Jewel Ike.

Rebecca (Deatherage) Ahmed
   Posted Wed March 01, 2017
A beautiful soul has taken his rightful place in the Angel Choir. Kent was a part of my life, starting when I was just a child at St. Paul's UCC. He was my teacher, choir director, and fellow performer. Most importantly, though, I was able to call him a friend. I wish peace and comfort to all who loved him. He is irreplaceable.

John Bucklew
   Posted Thu March 02, 2017
We had so much fun in the bass section at First Presby that I'm surprised Dana didn't boot us out of rehearsal. He was a great friend and an inspiration. Truly an honor to have served Christ alongside such a great Man! He will be missed by his Church family.

Jerry McDowell
   Posted Thu March 02, 2017
My sympathies to Warren and Becky, Lisle and Patty, and extended family. Kent was an inspiration to anyone who knew him, and knew what he has been through for many years. We will miss him for now, but plan to meet him in the future.

Janet Eakins
   Posted Thu March 02, 2017
I wish to send my condolences to the family for the death of Kent. I knew Kent as he was my driver when I had to go to Chemotherapy in 2007. He was a very nice gentleman. I have thought of him often since that time. In fact he edited a book of poetry for me and I really appreciated that with his having been an English teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with those of you who are family, etc.

Janet Eakoins

Jim Rudy
   Posted Thu March 02, 2017
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Kent Smith. He was my 8th grade English teacher at Bridgeview. He was a phenomenal teacher and one of the kindest individuals I have ever known. He was one of my inspirations for becoming a teacher. R.I.P. Mr. Smith.

Mary & Chuck Destefani
   Posted Thu March 02, 2017
We are so sorry to hear from my cousin, Lenny, that Kent has passed. We were pleased to reconnect with him at the Smith reunions and I was happy to learn of his grand appreciation for the music my Dad, George, loved so much. May his voice be heard in the heavenly choir he has now joined. Our love and prayers go to his family and friends. We will miss the memorial as we have not returned from Florida yet, but we will be praying from afar.

Larry Bryan
   Posted Fri March 03, 2017
Sorry to learn of Kent's passing. I was one of his classmates at Elida High School and played in the band with Kent during that time. My condolences to the family.

Tom Clum
   Posted Fri March 03, 2017
Kent was one of my grade school and high school friends. We lived close together and often rode our bikes to school together.

He was one of the most intelligent people I knew and I admired he so much.

Together we sang in the choir, played in the band, and were members of many of the same clubs at school.

Even though we lost track of each other upon graduation, he was often in my thoughts.

May God's grace shower his family with peace and strength in this difficult time.

Dean McDowell and Bob Montooth
   Posted Fri March 03, 2017
Dear Lisle, Patty, Warren and Becky: We were so shocked and saddened to receive the news. Since Wanda's, Mom's and Dad's passings, we kind of fell out of touch with Kent. Bob and Kent had a lot in common and loved to talk musical theater. They also had the unfortunate bond of both getting cancer within about a month of each other and were always comparing their different treatments and options. They were both fortunate to have some really good years after the first round, but as it came back to Kent in different forms, it has to Bob and we are fighting the good fight again now as well. I admired Kent's (as all the Smith Boys) extremely high intelligence and to my end as far as family goes, will most cherish the amazing dinners and fellowship in Aunt Ethel and Charlie's house with the amazing pies and home cooked food you can't find anywhere today to compare. But the food accompanied very heavy religious and philosophical debates, especially when Cliff, Wanda, Ross and Charlie got going. Those evenings helped form my future, years of activism and wanting to do good for others. God bring peace to Kent and all your family during this difficult time. Sincerely Bob and Dean

Tom and Polly Watkins
   Posted Sat March 04, 2017
Kent was one of a kind and he will be missed here at Ohio Living Dorothy Love. He was helpful to so many people and expected no recognition for what he did. A Christian that we can all admire and look up to.

Tom and Polly

Larry & Jeanne Scott
   Posted Sat March 04, 2017
We are sorry for your loss although we didn't know your brother...Lisele we want you to know we are praying for your family at this time of loss. God will give you the strength to walk on as your brother would want you to. God bless your families.

Claudia Robbins
   Posted Sun March 05, 2017
I am deeply saddened to hear of Kent's passing. He was one of my best friends as a teacher at Sidney High School. RIP, Kent, you're light still shines.

   Posted Mon March 06, 2017
We are so sorry to hear about Kent's passing. He was truly a super friend to Michael and I. We will miss him. May Kent Rest in Peace. We will continue to pray for his family and friends.

Dave & Michael

Sherrie Casad-Lodge/David Lodge
   Posted Mon March 13, 2017
You were such an inspiration to me as you lived life to its fullest every day in spite of its many challenges! Met you first at Bridgeview when you were my English teacher, then later in Sock & Buskin where we both played and 'worked' together, including performing in Plaza Suite. You had an appetite that was 'legendary' and never stopped giving back to others...Say hello to Karl for us -- you both were taken too soon...Sher

Conrad and Jean Minnich
   Posted Tue March 14, 2017
We will miss you. Thank you for your help and friendship through the years.

Dennis Ruble
   Posted Mon March 27, 2017
Lisle and Patty and all of Kent's family, we have been away so we are just learning about Kent's passing. He was a gentle soul and a willing helper in anything that was asked of him. Lisle and Patty, it has been way too many years since we have visited. I got to know Kent through the schools here in Sidney and later after I retired I had opportunities to see Kent when I did some fundraising for Dorothy Love. God bless you as you mourn the loss of a wonderful man. Dennis

   Posted Fri May 19, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May the promises in God’s word provide you with comfort and strength during this most difficult time. John 5:28-29

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