In Memory

Stephen Smith

Stephen "Steve" C. Smith

September 20, 1944 - February 22, 2024

Stephen C. "Steve" Smith, 79, of Tiffin, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, at The Willows at Tiffin.

He was born Sept. 20, 1944, in Fremont, to Webb and Lois Jean (Russell) Smith. He married Susan K. "Susie" Runion on Oct. 9, 1965.

Steve's survivors include his wife, Susie Smith of Tiffin; son, Jeff (Amanda) Smith of Tiffin; daughter, Christy (Randy) Wiser of Tiffin; sister, Susan K. Ringle of Indiana; four grandchildren, Abigail (Kory) Young, Olivia (Grant) Hammond, Mitchell Smith, and Jacob Smith; and three great-grandchildren, Nyla Young, Brexley Young, and Maxwell "Wells" Hammond.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Steve graduated in 1962 from Tiffin Columbian High School and later received a Bachelor's degree from Tiffin University. He served in U.S. Army Reserves from 1962-1966. Steve started his career off working in sales at Tiffin Enterprise and later became part owner. After 25 years, he moved on to a sales position at Pilliod Furniture in Swanton and then as plant manager at their branch in Meridian, Mississippi. His family then moved to Indiana where he worked at Avery Corporation. Steve and family missed Tiffin so they returned back home and he worked for NeoWood Products. Upon the closing of NeoWood Products, Steve accepted a sales position with Sauder Furniture. In 2008, he retired from Sauder Furniture in Archbold. After retiring, he worked at SoySolv.

Steve and his wife belonged to many car clubs including The Midwest Gas & Brass Auto Club, The Vintage Motor Car Club of America, and Model T Club. When the weather cooperated, Steve could be found with his family on an antique car tour and in colder months, he would take an ocean cruise with his family. Steve also enjoyed the Hershey Flea Market and Car Show with many family members and friends over the years. Steve loved his dog, Zoe, and loved spending time with his family. You could always find him in his garage tinkering with the cars and polishing brass.

In 2012, Steve and Susie, during our 50th reunion, invited us to visit their home. Here are pictures from that trip. . 

Per Steve's request, there will be no funeral.

The family is very thankful to the staff at the Willows who have become friends and family over the past two years.

There will be a Steve Smith Memorial Car Show from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2024, at the Willows.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or The Willows at Tiffin Enrichment Program.

Brass never tarnishes in Heaven!

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02/22/24 10:05 PM #1    

Paul Paulus

I am sorry to hear that.  I always enjoyed my visit and Steve and Susan and discussing the car collection with Steve.  He was a class act.

02/23/24 11:02 AM #2    

Paul Thomas

Smitty....I wish you Godspeed on your journey and next transition.  You, Wayne and me were the old card nerds in highschool but I never became the collector like you and Wayne.  Our friendship over the years has been a joy and Susie has been a saint to support you in that love which was only second to your love for her.  I know the last several years have been a challenge and I missed not seeing you at the last reunion.  We'll connect again down the road.  Until then, safe journey my friend.
Paul T

02/24/24 09:00 AM #3    

William Doemel

We visited Steve's amazing collection of antique vehicles, not just cars but also motorcycles, bicycles, pedal cars, and more. Here Steve is talking with Bob Davis and Sonny Turner. I can imagine them having a conversation now with Wayne Coffman who also was a collector. You can see Wayne's collection here:

02/25/24 03:00 PM #4    

Jane Thompson (Paige)

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing.   Our deepest sympathies to Susan and the rest of his family.

02/29/24 07:49 AM #5    

William Doemel

Susie published this picture today on her Facebook page. 

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