Duane A. Smith, 80, of Perrysburg, passed away at home Thursday, April 22, 2021.
He was born June 21, 1940 in Kinsman, the son of Keith and Betty Smith.
He was a 1958 graduate of Vernon High School. He graduated from Anderson College in 1966 and Anderson School of Theology in 1969. He received his Doctorate in Ministry from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1984.
In 1969, he began his ministry at Fairfield Church of God in Fairfield, OH. In 1971, he was Associate Pastor at the United Methodist Church of Grove City, OH. In 1977, he served as Pastor of Calvary United Methodist in Toledo, followed by Trinity United Methodist Church in Swanton, OH beginning in 1985, Greenville First United Methodist in Greenville, OH beginning in 1993, Hayes Memorial United Methodist Church in Freemont, OH in 1993, Sharon United Methodist Church in Napoleon, OH in 2005. He began serving his final church in 2008 at Metamora United Methodist Church in Metamora, OH. He retired in 2009 after 38 years of serving the Lord.
Duane was a freemason and an active member in the Rotary Club and Kiwanis and worked with Habitat for Humanity. Throughout his ministry he served on various committees with the West Ohio Annual Conference and Districts of the United Methodist Church and with local communities in the towns where he served. He led missionary work throughout his career. He would spend his free time fishing the Great Lakes.
Duane is survived by his wife, Kay Smith, whom he married in 1995; sons, Grant Smith and Dwight (Daniele) Smith; stepchildren, Brian (Angie) LaMee and Amanda (Jamie) Seibert; brothers, Keith (Jan) Smith and Clyde (Mary) Smith; sisters, Cedelia (Frank) Longley, Elaine (Tony) Podlogar and Margie Smith; grandchildren, Erica (Josh) Mielcarek, Elena Smith, Caden Smith and Grayson Smith; step-grandchildren, Katie LaMee, Brynna and Brady Gaines, Ben and Nicholas Seibert; great-grandchildren, Carter, Mila, and Hazel Mielcarek; and many nieces and nephews.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Betty Smith; a brother, Gaylord Smith; a niece, Gabby Martin and a nephew, Joey Dudley.
Arrangements were made by Ansberg West Funeral Home in Toledo and Galloway Onstott Funeral Home in Hartford. Services were held at the Hartford United Methodist Church with Rev. MaryAnn Rufener officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery, Vernon, OH.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Cherry Street Missions in Toledo, OH or Wood County Habitat for Humanity, Bowling Green, OH.
The family of Duane wish to extend their sincere thanks to Browning Masonic Staff for their years of care for him, to Ohio Living Hospice for their compassion and care to Duane and his family, and to Amada Senior Care for their care when he was brought home in his final weeks.