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December 20, 2013

Eric R. Smith

MEADVILLE — Eric R. Smith, 64, of Meadville, lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Meadville Medical Center, surrounded by loved ones.

He was born in Meadville, March 12, 1949, a son of Raymond W. Smith and Mary Mehalko Smith Barnes. He married Diana Bauer Winters May 31, 1994.

He was a 1967 graduate of Meadville Area High School. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea as a demolition specialist during the Vietnam War. He was a building contractor and master craftsman operating his own construction company for 40 years. He was dedicated to his profession and his customers.

Eric is survived by his wife, Diana; first wife, Kathleen and their three children, Katrina L. Smith and her two daughters, Kylie and Melina, Erica Rae Smith and Eric Raymond Smith; mother, Mary Barnes, all of Meadville; brothers, Ken Smith (Lauren) of Medina, Ohio, and George “Bud” Barnes II (Sue) of Saegertown; sisters, Denise Barnes Faber of Apollo Beach, Fla., and Martha “Jean” Barnes Huson (Tom) of Saegertown; uncles, George Mehalko (Jean), Vince Mehalko (Regina) and John Mehalko (Lisa); aunt, Evelyn Mehalko Hoppenstand; brother-in-law, Tom Bauer; sisters-in-law, Karen Bauer Cogley (Don) and Kathy Bauer Spencer (Bill); mother-in-law, Irene L. Bauer; and best friends, Keith and Cindy Edwards. He is also survived by nieces, Kimberly Smith Feckley, Carrie Kerr, Wynne Kahler Shields, Christine Huson Kaspick, Tammy Barnes Childers, Holly Barnes Jordan, Linda Barnes and Fawn Carpenter; nephews, James Kerr, Turk Kahler, Alan Barnes, Charles Kahler, Martial Kahler, James Kahler, Donnie Huson, Thomas Huson, Richard Barnes, Zac Cogley, Phil Cogley and Travis Bauer; and many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by brother, Byron Smith; stepfather, George Barnes; sister, Marcia Barnes Kaylor; nephews, Keith Smith and T.J. Bauer; as well as his friend and his mother-in-law’s companion, Ralph “Blackie” Black.

He was a member of Pine Masonic Lodge 498, Linesville, and Lodge 790 Cochranton. He was also a member of the Valley of Erie Scottish Rite, Zem Zem Shrine Erie, Zem Zem Legion of Honor, Crawford County Shrine Club, Mercer County Shrine Club, Colonel Drake Shrine Club, Order of the Quetzalcoatl Eriez Presque Isle 200, Zem Zem Fez Flyers and Zem Zem Camel Herders Stable 44. Additionally, Eric was a member of Elks Lodge 219, Meadville, the Iroquois Boating and Fishing Club, the Hunting and Fishing Club, Conneaut Lake Volunteer Fire Department Station 3 and Conneaut Lake Park Volunteer Fire Department Station 5.

Eric dearly loved his family and friends and valued spending time with them. He enjoyed boating on Conneaut Lake and Kinzua Reservoir and traveling in the southwestern United States. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penquins, and NASCAR.

Calling hours are today from 1 to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home Inc., 581 Chestnut St., Meadville, with Masonic and Legion of Honor services at 6:45.

An additional calling hour will be Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 890 Liberty St., Meadville where the funeral service will follow at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Brian K. Jensen, pastor, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute, c/o the Meadville Medical Center Foundation, 1015 Grove St., Meadville, Pa. 16335; or the Shriners Hospital for Children Erie Unit, 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, Pa. 16505.

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