In Memory

Kent Smith

Kent Smith visiting friends and family in Albion in 1983.  The inset photo was taken in 2009.  Both pictures display Kent’s lifetime signature smile.


Kent Alexander Smith, age 55 and a graduate of Albion High School class of 1979, passed away Tuesday, 2 August, 2016 at his home in Newbury Township, Ohio.

Kent was born 14 January, 1961 to Ken and Susan (McPherson) Smith.  He was very active in United Methodist Church youth programs, Boy Scouts, and the Albion school system’s intramural and varsity sports programs, and he played football all four years of high school for the Albion Wildcats.  He attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan for three years and then transferred to Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.  He graduated from CWRU in 1985 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and remained in the Cleveland area designing tools, consumer products, and industrial and commercial equipment for a number of large tool companies, including extensive tenures with Rotor Tool, Ridge Tool (Rigid), AeroControlex, MTD Products, Diamond Products, The Robins Company (who manufactures large tunnel boring machines), and Horsburgh & Scott.  His close friend and colleague Martin Marsic said, “Kent was a very creative and technically astute hands-on mechanical engineer, and the most thorough engineer I’ve ever worked with.  His work was meticulous.”  Kent was a registered Professional Engineer and was awarded five United States patents.  His work took him to locations throughout the United States as well as Argentina, Malaysia and China.

From his youth, Kent was a fan of science fiction, and as an adult he was active in Tuchux, the live-action role-playing martial arts group based on the science fiction story “Nomads of Gor” written by John Norman in 1969.  Kent enjoyed the sport of hockey with his son Dieken and was a goalie coach at Geauga Youth Hockey while his son was a member.

Kent is survived by his parents, his son Dieken Smith, sisters Carmen Smith and Michelle (Mike) Mertens, one nephew and three nieces.

Kent Smith was much loved and will be remembered for his intelligence, good-humor, ready smile, and brotherly friendship.  Kent's French Mastiff, Camulos was his special companion.  “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” – 1Cor 13:12


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06/22/19 07:55 AM #1    

Jackie Kennedy (Conley)

Many special memories. Kent was a truly good person.

10/16/23 05:23 PM #2    

Jody Bilicke

Here is what Kent shared for our 10 year reunion...

Kent - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Case Wester Reserve University, 1985.  Employed with Rotor Tool Company as Design Engineer.  Lisa - Bachelor Arts in Biochemistry, Case Wester Reserve University, 1985.  Married July 1984.  Dieken born December 11, 1988.

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