Vernon M. "Pete" Smith

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VERNON M. “PETE” SMITH, age 82, of Piqua, OH, died on Saturday December 9, 2017 at his residence. He was born on July 16, 1935 in Piqua, OH to the late Leonard and Minnie (Wells) Smith.  On August 4, 1975 in Gate City, VA he married LaVerta Evans.  She preceded him in death on May 2, 1998.

Pete is survived by a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by six brothers: Leonard Smith Jr., Louis Smith Sr., Robert (Robbie) Smith, Donald Smith, William Smith, Clark Smith; and four sisters: Alta Hylton, Barbara Smith, Mary Smith, Nina Pollard.
Vernon was a member of the Cyrene A. M. E. Church, Piqua, OH.  He was also a member of Piqua Am Vets and Sidney American Legion.  Vernon proudly served his country as a member of the US Air Force from 1955-1961.  He was employed at Miami Industries – Copper Weld for 44 years as a production member before retiring in 1997.

A celebration of Pete’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday January 6, 2018 at Stonebridge Community Church 105 E. Greene St. Piqua, OH 45356 with Pastor Jamie Seitz and Rev. John Vaughn officiating. Calling hours will be from 1:00-2:00 PM at the church. Family and friends will be gathering at the Stonebridge Community Church following the service. Arrangements are being handled by Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, OH.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.
 


  Life Celebration

Saturday January 6, 2018

105 E. Greene St. Piqua, OH 45356

A celebration of Pete’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday January 6, 2018 at Stonebridge Community Church 105 E. Greene St. Piqua, OH 45356 with Pastor Jamie Seitz and Rev. John Vaughn officiating. Calling hours will be from 1:00-2:00 PM at the church. Family and friends will be gathering at the Stonebridge Community Church following the service. Arrangements are being handled by Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, OH. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.

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BILL KIEFER

I also worked with Pete and his brothers for 33 years at Miami. He visited me at home at Joe S. garage eating turtle.. Many many good time for all. I salute you and your brothers with a lot of goods times and will hold one up to the sky for all.....R.I.P.

 Posted January 12, 2018 - 9:49pm
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Becky

Uncle Pete loved people! He was a dedicated worker, a mentor, like a father to many. He loved children and would praise and encourage them when they were doing what was right, but would NOT hesitate to correct them when they were "messing up". He'd say what he had to say, then close with a phrase I remember so well, "Case closed!" which meant we wouldn't talk about it again. Just like when God forgives our sins and 'throws them into the sea of forgetfulness', Uncle Pete wouldn't bring up our failures again!
We worked together for many years and I never heard any negative comments about Pete Smith. All at Miami Industries/Copperweld loved him! When he did a job, you knew it was done right. As he said, "Ain't no Melvins on this job!" and laugh.
I love you Uncle Pete and will miss you.

 Posted December 30, 2017 - 11:30am

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