Merlin “Doc” Smith

August 9, 1928 - September 6, 2021

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Friday, September 10, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Secor Funeral Home
202 W Maple Street
Willard , Ohio 44890

Friday, September 10, 2021
2:30 p.m.
Greenfield Cemetery
Steuben , Ohio

Merlin “Doc” Smith, age 93, lifelong resident of Willard, Ohio passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021 at Stein Hospice in Sandusky, Ohio. He was born in Willard on August 9, 1928 to the late Charles and Gladys (Eastman) Smith.

Doc worked and retired from Borden’s Dairy where he was in charge of deliveries; starting out at people’s homes and moving onto local businesses. After his retirement, he went on to work for All Prints in Mansfield and was also a driver for Sharpnack, a job he really enjoyed. Doc was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard.

A past Mason, Doc was also a social member of the Willard Moose. He loved playing a good game of euchre with family and friends and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Beckel) Mizer-Smith, whom he married on September 9, 1978; 6 children, Brenda (Don) Raver, Gary (Jan) Smith, Steven (Tami) Smith, Charlie (April) Mizer, Cindy Hamburg and John (Judy) Mizer; 15 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Carolyn Smith and Jean Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Doc was preceded in death by his first wife, Audrey Smith; and two brothers, Norman Smith and Haldon Smith.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard on Friday, September 10, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Greenfield Cemetery in Steuben, Ohio with Pastor Janet Wittenmyer officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to Stein Hospice in Sandusky, Ohio. Online condolences can be left for the family at


Bill and Kathy Radler - Sep 12, 2021
Gary and Steve, we're so sorry for your loss. Doc was a great neighbor for so many years, a real character, and so proud of the two of you!
Bill and Kathy - Sep 12, 2021
Gary and Steve, we're so sorry for your loss. Doc was a great neighbor for so many years, a real character, and so proud of the two of you!
Ryan Hall & family - Sep 10, 2021
So very sorry for your lost.
Bill and Charlotte Radler - Sep 9, 2021
Gary, Steve and family, so sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a great guy . We remember spending some pleasant evenings with him in our living room on Davis Rd. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.
Larry Lewis - Sep 8, 2021
So very sorry to hear of the death of your father Gary. Great picture of him and I easily see his likeness in you. Am sure he instilled so much of his love and caring into all family members. May there be many moments you share, as his spirit continues to offer comfort.
Jim and Roberta Snivley - Sep 8, 2021
Gary and sorry to hear of your dads passing. You sure look like your dad! Prayers of comfort during this time.
Shirley Krupp - Sep 8, 2021
Virginia, so so sorry of the passing of Doc. He was quit a guy. Will be missing him. Take care.
Harv & Bev Callahan - Sep 8, 2021
Gary, always enjoyed talking to your dad. I see the white hair is inherited. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Remember all the good times. Our sympathies go out to you and yours.
Gabe and Debi Ferencz - Sep 8, 2021
Very sorry for your loss. He was blessed to have lived a long life. Our prayers are with you and the family.
Judy king - Sep 8, 2021
Virginia I was sorry to hear about Doc's death! I will be praying for you & your family!
Shelley Hershiser - Sep 8, 2021
John, Judy & Brandy, So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Butch and Brenda Collins - Sep 8, 2021
Our condolences from Butch and Brenda Collins. A long and accomplished life, Rest in Peace "Doc".
Valerie Kuhn - Sep 7, 2021
Virginia and family... I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and sympathy are with you all.
Ronald and Debra Eastman - Sep 7, 2021
Virginia, We are sending our Condolences to you and your family. He will be greatly missed. we
Jim and Janie Wendling - Sep 7, 2021
We are so very sorry for the loss of you loved one. We will always remember him with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his blue eyes. May he rest in eternal peace.
Wendy Barrios (Moore) - Sep 6, 2021
To Virginia, sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love you always!