John LaVern Smith

Birth Date: 
Thursday, January 29, 1931
Date of Passing: 
Saturday, August 12, 2017

John LaVern Smith, 86, left his earthly life to spend the rest of eternity with Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior and all the saints who have gone before by faith in God's son, Jesus.  He died Saturday morning August 12, 2017 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster, Ohio surrounded by the love of his family.  His death was caused by pneumonia, a complication of Alzheimer's. 

Born in Akron, Ohio on January 29, 1931 to Ransom Ralph and Neva Ida Burkhammer Smith, he lived his formative years in Gassaway, West Virginia near his parents' families.  At the age of eleven, his mother and the children returned to Akron after the death of his father.  He resided there until 1978 when he moved to Wooster, Ohio.  Throughout his life he worked in retail management, city government, accounting and manufacturing.  He obtained a degree in business administration from Kent State University.  He was a 50+ year member of the YMCA and won the Norm Elder Award for his leadership in the Akron YMCA. 

He had a great love and fervor for freely sharing the saving message of the Gospel and enjoyed studying end times. Most recently, he attended Wooster Church of the Nazarene.  In addition, John will be remembered for his love of iced tea, sweet tooth, elephant obsession, ability to brighten anyone's day with compliments and encouragement, as well as his never ending unconditional love. 

He married Mary Louise Moore 54 years ago on March 2, 1963 at the first wedding ever held at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Tallmadge, Ohio.  He will be greatly missed by her.  He is survived by his brother Robert Eugene (Helen) Smith and sister Nancy Rae (Carroll "Peach") Lewis and by his children Victoria Rae (Scott) Weiner, Cheryl Lynn Cottingham, Steven Ralph (Erica) Smith, Christopher Allan (Louise) Smith, Daniel John (Kelly) Smith, and Laura Elizabeth (Josh) Schrader.  The grandchildren include Katherine and Elizabeth Hunt, Kyra Weiner, Jessica Stone Scott, Mack Cottingham, Dominique Carano, Stephanie Nacin, Danelle Ishino, Ben Kantorowski, Jordan Beggs, Justin and Claire Smith, as well as Olivia and Abigail Schrader.  Great grandchildren include Trenton, Tyler, Hunter and Aradia Cottingham, Julia Stone, Maya Scott, Anthony "AJ" and Kayla Nacin.  He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers William and Ralph Smith, nephews Gary A. Smith and William L. Moore III.   

Calling hours will be Wednesday, August 16th from 6-8 pm at McIntire, Bradham and Sleek Funeral Home in Wooster, Ohio.  The burial will be Thursday, August 17th at 10:30 am at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio.   Following the burial, a memorial service will occur at 1 pm at McIntire, Bradham and Sleek Funeral Home in Wooster, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be given to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio or the Alzheimer's Association, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102. 

Online condolences may be left at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.

 

Memorial Contributions: 

Memorial contributions may be given to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio or the Alzheimer's Association, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102.

Visitation: 

Calling hours will be Wednesday, August 16th from 6-8 pm at McIntire, Bradham and Sleek Funeral Home in Wooster, Ohio

Service: 

The burial will be Thursday, August 17th at 10:30 am at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio.   Following the burial, a memorial service will occur at 1 pm at McIntire, Bradham and Sleek Funeral Home in Wooster, Ohio.

Condolences

My heart is sad..Uncle John you will be truly missed ..

To the entire Smith family and all those who loved John,
For those of us left on this earth it is a sad day. For John it is a day he has planned, hoped and waited for. You see John was a true Christina in every since of the word. He always had a kind word, even for a stranger. He passed judgement on no one. I never saw John when he did not have a hug for me and I am just a neighbor of Laura’s. John listened to my troubles, talked with me about the Lord. John made me feel, well special. I was one of the lucky ones to have been touched by John’s love. I am saddened to know I will never hear his voice again and feel the warmth of his hug so I can only imagine the pain his family must feel. My prayer for you all is simple” during your time of grief let the light of God into your heart. Let him bathe you with his love. If you allow him the Lord will wrap his arms of love around you and give you comfort. Find comfort knowing John is at home, free of all his worldly aches and pains. His memory has been restored and he is thinking about each and every one of you. He loves you and will be waiting for the day you are reunited. Matthew 5:4 says “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”

Hi Cousin Mary,
So sorry to hear the news of John passing . We plan on coming up for the memorial service on Thursday, Becky I think will come with us. The Lord is good.
Love you, Kim

John will be greatly missed but never forgotten. He was a very sweet and caring man who brightened up my day every time I saw him.

We are so sorry for your loss. In memory of John we have made a donation to LifeCare Hospice.

Our sincerest condolences go out to our dear friends, Steve and Erica, and to all of John's family and friends. May God comfort you in this time of great loss.

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