Dr. John O. Smith
Dr. John O. Smith, age 84, died June 17, 2011 at 9:05 a.m. at his home in the care of his loving family and Med Central Hospice.
He was born in Kenton, Ohio, Sept 12, 1926, the son of the late Ruth and John S. Smith. The family moved to Shelby when John was in the fifth grade, and he graduated from Shelby High School in 1944. He joined the Navy and was in training as a Radio Technician in California when the war ended. He graduated from Baldwin Wallace College on June 19, 1949 with a Bachelor of Science Degree – and on the same day, he married his wife of 62 years, Jean Moran of Greenville, Pennsylvania.
He graduated with his Doctorate in Medicine from The Ohio State College of Medicine in 1955. He served a one year rotating internship at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. After practicing medicine in Wilmington, Ohio for one year, in 1957, he opened his practice in Shelby, located in an older home he remodeled on Main Street. After the home flooded, he and Dr. John McHugh built and opened the Auburn Medical Building in 1962. He practiced medicine for 40 years, delivering babies, making house calls, serving as Health Commissioner for the City of Shelby and Consulting Physician for the Shelby Public Health League. He also served as the physician for the Air National Guard in Mansfield. He was president of the medical staff and headed numerous medical committees at Shelby Memorial Hospital. Dr. Smith was devoted to his patients and the practice of medicine in Shelby. After closing his office in 1994, he served as the physician for Med Central’s Rapid Response in Mansfield.
Dr. Smith was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Shelby. His interests included going to concerts, plays and listening to classical music, especially opera. He also loved to read, play golf and tennis. He seldom missed a Shelby girls home volleyball game or a Shelby basketball game, boys or girls. John was a regular at the Shelby YMCA working out on the treadmill and machines to keep active and enjoyed his daily visits to McDonalds. Most of his spare time was spent looking for things to fix or build. He was an avid carpenter and landscaper, and enjoyed caring for his homes and office. At his former home, he added an entire family room, from the ground up, including a brick fireplace. After moving to his condominium home, he soon became the neighborhood handyman – changing post lights and making house number signs for his neighbors. A special joy was having his family together for holidays and vacations.
He is survived by Jean Smith, his wife of 62 years and his three children: Amy (Larry) Glorioso of Mansfield; Andy (Jill) Smith of Raleigh, NC; Adam Smith of Shelby; 4 granddaughters: Evonne (Steve) Stephenson of Cincinnati; Jacqueline Smith of Cincinnati; Whitney Glorioso of Mansfield; Hayley Glorioso (fiancé Matt Trittschuh) of Mansfield. 3 great grandchildren: Mason Glorioso, Luke Stephenson, and Gemma Stephenson; Nephews and nieces; 2 Sisters: Geraldine Adam of Mansfield and Judy (Boyd) McClaskey of Michigan. He was preceded in death by his brother: Ross Smith, his parents: John and Ruth Smith, brother-in-law: Russell Adam, nephews: Jim Adam and Joseph Adam.
Friends may call from 4-8 PM on Friday, June 24, 2011, at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Shelby conducted by Rev. Thomas Snyder. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to the Shelby YMCA, Marvin Memorial Library or the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. On-line condolences may be made at penwellturner.com