Obituary for Gloria J. Smith

Written by on February 18, 2020

Gloria J. Smith age 77, of Forest, died on Friday February 14, 2020 at
Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton.

She was born December 26, 1942 to the late Ross and Ethel (Long) Draper Jr. She first married Ronald McKinley Sr. and he died June 10, 1974. She then married Jerry Smith on November 8, 1979 and he preceded her in death on April 21, 2016. She is survived by her children Connie (Jay) Searfoss), Forest, Ronald “Jay” (Sarah) McKinley Jr., TN, Norma (Jeff) Marshall, Forest, Dennis McKinley Sr., Forest, step children Karin (Tim) Bennington, TN, Jerry (Terri) Smith, Celina, Tracy (Wes) Settlemire, Findlay and Jamie (Amber) Smith, Dunkirk, 21 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren, brothers Tony (Jackie) Draper, Forest, Casey (Joyce) Draper, Kenton, Ross (Gerri) Draper, Dola, and sister Rita Little, Patterson. She is preceded in death by 2 grandchildren Brittany McKinley and Jeremy McKinley, and sisters Peggy Vanderpool and Dixie Pauley.

Gloria was a 1961 graduate of Forest High School. She worked at Westinghouse/ A.O.Smith, Uni-Grip both in Upper Sandusky and RCA in Findlay, and was also known as the community seamstress. She was a past member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #1182. She enjoyed sewing, working on the computer and fishing.

A graveside service will be held at 10am at Patterson Cemetery on Wednesday February 19, 2020 with Rev. Joe Searfoss officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gloria Smith Memorial Fund in care of Clark Shield Funeral Home 301 S. Patterson St. Forest, OH 45843. To send a condolence or share a memory please visit


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