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Raymond E. Smith
January 30, 1937 ~ August 8, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Raymond E. Smith
Age 86, of Vandalia, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at Brookdale of Englewood. Ray was born January 30, 1937, in Albany, Indiana to the late Wilbur R. & Dorothy A. (Jones) Smith. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Claudia Jo Smith, in 1997.
Ray earned his bachelor’s degree having completed his studies at Taylor University and Asbury Seminary. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and retired from Dayton Christian Schools. For many years he pastored churches in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan and he was a charter member of Living Word Church.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of the past 10 years, Joyce T. (Trostel) Jacoby; two sons, Mark Smith & his wife, Terri and David Smith & his wife, Linda; four grandchildren, Emily Faulkner (Sam), Brenna Walden (Reagan), Paul Smith & Peter Smith; two great grandchildren, Mya and Jack with two more great granddaughters due to be born in December and January; one brother, Robert Smith; sister-in-law, Janice Stuckey; and by his extended family & many good friends.
The family will be receiving friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, at the Living Word Church, 926 East National Road, Vandalia. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Pat Murray officiating. Interment will be at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Dayton Dream Center, 2720 E 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45403. Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home (Vandalia) is in charge of arrangements.