Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Gary Curtis Smail

Gary Curtis Smail, age 71, of Mansfield, died Sunday, November 22, 2015 under the care of OhioHealth Hospice at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

He was born November 21, 1944 in Millersburg, Ohio the son of the late Alton and Fern (Gilbert) Smail. Gary was a graduate of Glenmont High School and was an Army veteran serving in Vietnam. He had been employed at Ashland Times Gazette for several years and finished his career as a truck driver for Intra Trucking in Mansfield. A talented musician, Gary loved music, especially bluegrass, and playing his guitar. His hobbies included four wheeling, riding and caring for horses, spending time outdoors and camping – all of which were enjoyed with his best friend, Harry Belcher. He was a member of Loudonville American Legion Post #257 and The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, Mansfield Venus Lodge #152.

Gary is survived by his wife: Dolores (Bond) Smail, whom he wed on July 17, 1970; 4 children: Randy (Anita) Cains of Shiloh, Regenia (Steve) Shaver of Shelby, Ronda Lambert of Shiloh and Gary Smail of Louisiana; 12 grandchildren: Jessie (Shirley) Cains, Mandy (Ryan) Gillam, Amber (Aaron) Thompson, Ryan (Brittany) Cains, Aaron Shaver, Austin Shaver, Tonia (Josh) Amonds, Michael (Jake) Lambert, Jenna Lambert (Steven Kopp), Jared Lambert, Matt Smail, Megan (Trevor) Smail; 15 great grandchildren; 2 brothers; Ronnie (Barb) Smail of Ashland and Charlie (Inez) Smail of Glenville; 2 sisters: Carol “Cookie” (Ralph) Fortune of Nashville, OH and Mary Huntsburger of Loudonville; and 2 aunts: Helen “Toots” (Lee) Cochran of West Lafayette, OH and Thelma Doty of MO. He was preceded in death by: his parents; a grandson: Joshua Lambert; a great grandson: Jayden Amonds; and 2 brothers: Robert “Bob” Smail and Richard “Dick “Smail.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where Masonic Services will be conducted at 7:45 PM. Funeral services will be on Saturday at the funeral home at 11:00 AM with Bruce Copley officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Church Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Loudonville American Legion. Memorial expressions may be made to the family.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Ruth Garnes says:

    So sorry Carol and all your family. I didn’t realize Gary was your brother. Prayers for the family. Ruth Garnes

  2. Deb Dean says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Gary was such a wonderful man. Always had a smile. I love you all and pray for you peace

  3. Melanie Schwall says:

    My heart breaks for you all. I am so sorry for your loss. Gary was very special to me.

  4. Alice Morrow says:

    Praying for comfort and peace from God in your time of grief. May his strength flow through you and give the Pastor the comforting words to say.

  5. Brenda Ohl & Evelyn Hasenzahl says:

    Dolores, Regina & Family Sending prayers for comfort & pease. One Day At A Time.

  6. Hannah Fliger says:

    Very sorry to hear about Gary. Blessings to you during this sad time.

  7. Raudabaugh says:

    Our hearts ache for the family. Gary will be so dearly missed by everyone. We love you all.
    Butch and Barb Raudabaugh

  8. Brenda & Stan Welcel says:

    So sorry for the loss of your brother, Our prayers are with you

  9. Jessica Boor says:

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. It’s so hard to imagine that he will not be there the next time I visit. I Love you all and deeply appreciate how much you’ve welcomed me into your family. He will be missed and celebrated.

  10. Christopher Morse says:

    On behalf of Jared Lambert’s fellow Soldiers (myself, Jake Lyles and Justine Graves) from the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade Legal Office: Our best wishes to your family.

  11. Cathy and Bobby Schaffer says:

    Randy and family, Bobby and I want you all to know our thoughts and prayers are with you all though this sad and difficult time.

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