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Lyle Keith Smith passed away on October 8, 2022. He was 87 years old. Born December 10, 1934, in Morgan County in southeast Ohio, Keith was the eighth of fifteen children born to Dale Isaac Smith and Lucy Mendenhall Smith.
Keith served in the U.S. Army, including a year spent at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Following his military service, he earned a degree from Anderson College. During his professional career, he worked for Kroger, Del Monte, General Foods, and Sun Chemical.
In retirement, he volunteered for the Paul Phillippe Resource Center and Clinton County Habitat for Humanity.
He loved riding his motorcycle, dancing (clogging and square dancing), and volunteering to help friends and families with projects.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Wildermuth Smith; two daughters, Heather Smith Yutzy and Cindy Bray; three grandchildren, Logan Bray, Lindsay Godines (Cindy), and Kiran Yutzy (Heather); six great-grandchildren, Wade, Maci, Lily, Daniella, Nova, Kiran; sisters, Charlotte Hankins of North Wilkesboro, NC, Shirley (James) Miller of Holt, MI, and Carol (Rick) Mayhew of Mount Vernon, OH; and brothers, Kenneth (Virgie) Smith of Kirklin, IN, David (Dale) Smith of Winter Park, FL, and Paul (Marilyn) Smith of Fredericktown, OH. Eight of his siblings predeceased him; two who died at birth, Wayne Smith, Don Smith, Roy Smith, Sharma Talbott, George Smith, and Ralph Smith.
At Keith’s request, there were no services. The extended family will honor his memory next summer at the Smith Family Reunion in Ohio in June 2023 near Fredericktown, Ohio.