Rueben Leonard Smith, age 68 of Van Buren, Ohio passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 5:31 p.m. at the Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. Rueben was born on April 14, 1952 in Sharonville, Ohio to the late William F. and Christine (Holbert) Smith.
Rueben married Jennifer Dempsey in May of 2002. She survives along with his daughter, Lauren (Kyle) Kraiter of Portland, OR; his son, Elliot Smith of Findlay, OH; his step sons Bryan (Sarah) Davis of Haskins, OH and Joey Davis of Bowling Green, OH; a grandson, Vance Leonard Kraiter; and a step granddaughter Brealynn Fletcher. Also surviving are two brothers, Ron (Debbie) Smith and Fred (Trina) Smith, all of Portland, OR; a sister, Marti (Dan) Huss of Cincinnati, OH; and a former wife, Marianna Smith of Findlay, OH. He was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Smith.
Rueben was a graduate of Cincinnati Princeton High School, and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH earning a Bachelor Degree in Production Engineering and Masters in Business Administration. He worked for years at the Budd Company in North Baltimore and Carey, Ohio, and later worked at Toledo Molding and Die in Sycamore, Ohio.
Rueben had a huge heart and referred to himself as a "professional volunteer". He loved to help people, especially those in his family as well as elderly friends. He helped with their computers, phones, technology, home repairs, auto repairs, photos, and any other project or puzzle he could get his hands on. He was the guy who could "fix everything", the One Man Shop.
There will be an online memorial gathering held on Friday, May 29, 2020 starting at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Those wishing to join this live online gathering can connect at https://www.gotomeet.me/LKraiter/RLS via a computer, tablet, or smartphone. (Download the app for best results. You can join audio on your device, or dial in at +1 (872) 240-3212, access code 851-422-741).
For more information on the online memorial gathering, and to share a message or memory of Rueben with the family, please visit: https://www.gatheringus.com/memorial/rueben-leonard-smith/3706
A Celebration of Life gathering may be announced at a later date.
Memorials in honor of Rueben can be sent to the American Diabetes Association to support diabetes research and education.
Arrangements are being handled by Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home in Findlay.