HOWARD — Edward M. Smelcer, 81. Born April 27, 1934, in Newport, Tenn., was current resident of Howard. Beloved husband of 61 years to June “Retta” (nee Gregg). Loving father of James (Gloria), Darlene “Donna” (Larry) Langford, Terry (Alina) and Donnie. Cherished grandfather of Kisha King, Dawn Dewey, Jason Langford, Tina Klan, Donnie Jr., Jonathan, Jeremy, Amanda Langford, Melissa Langford and Melanie; great-grandfather of 22. Host of family and friends. Was a U.S. Army veteran of Korean War and recipient of two Purple Hearts.
Funeral service Tuesday at Parma Park Church of God, 12000 Huffman Road at 10 a.m. (everyone please meet at church). Interment in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 4 to 8 p.m. at A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Home, 18149 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights (West of I-71).
Served God and our Country, Loved God and his family — Our Hero!
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