Harold E. Smart Jr., 65, of Bellefontaine, passed away Monday, March 27th at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
He was born on February 6, 1952 in Xenia, Ohio, the son of the late Harold Sr. & Katherine (Cline) Smart. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Michael Smart.
On November 26, 1971 in West Milton, Ohio, he married DayeAnn (Knight) Smart and she survives along with their two daughters, Danielle N. Smart and Kathleen M. (Lucas S. Broshears) Smart, both of Columbus; two granddaughters, Angela and Alison; and two brothers, William (Marlecia) Smart of North Carolina and Richard (Theresa) Smart of Tipp City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Harold worked for Honda of America for 34 years before retiring in 2014 from the Paint Department. He was a founding member of the Logan County Hand Gun Association and an active participant in monthly gun competitions for over thirty years. He was a passionate gun enthusiast and a member of both I.H.M.S.A. and the N.R.A. He was an avid movie-watcher, enjoying anything with cowboys, explosions, or aliens. Throughout their 45 year marriage, Harold was a loving husband who never forgot an anniversary. He was an amazing father and extraordinary grandfather who always had time to spend, stories to tell, and hugs to give. Anyone who was lucky enough to call him “friend” knew he was their friend for life.
Pastor H. Kearns will officiate a funeral service on Friday, March 31st at 11:00 am in the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Bellefontaine. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 5-8 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004 or at www.jdrf.org.
Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Bellefontaine assisted the family with arrangements and condolences may be made to the family at www.edsfh.com.