HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania – Rodger H. “Smooth” Smith of Hermitage passed away at 5:27 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017, in UPMC Horizon hospital, Farrell. He was 73.
Mr. Smith was born December 24, 1943, in Sharon, a son of Rodger Carl and Mary Eloise Alter Smith. He was a lifelong area resident and 1962 graduate of Sharon High School.
Rodger was a carpenter and member of the Carpenters Union Local #268, Sharon, for over 30 years, working for Maybrook Construction, Brookfield and Hudson Construction, Hermitage. He had previously worked in the same capacity at 84 Lumber, Brookfield.
Rodger served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War as a Sergeant in the 7th Engineer Battalion. He was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Vietnam, before being honorably discharged with the following decorations: Marine Corp Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Rodger attended Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, Sharon.
An avid boater, he had a 41’ Sea Ray which, Brydie Kouch, named “Rodger That.” His boating adventures began on the Shenango River and then moved to Putin Bay, Lake Erie, for four years before returning to the Shenango River. It was during that time his love of boating lead him to meeting the love of his life, Cathy, while out for a cruise on the Shenango River.
He ultimately returned to Lake Erie, and docked at Presque Isle, which became his favorite place to go boating. Some of his favorite boating memories were the trips he took with his wife around the Great Lakes. Rodger was a past Commander of the Pymatuning Power Squadron and the Shenango Yacht Club and past president of the Sea Ray Club Shenango.
An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Rodger was a member of the National Rifle Association, Hickory VFW post 6166, Hermitage and American Legion post 299, Sharon.
Surviving are his wife, the former Cathy Jean Rodemoyer, whom he married December 10, 1983; a son, Brandon Rodger Smith and one grandson Ayden Alexander Smith, both Elkhorn, Wisconsin; one sister, Darla Catlin and her husband, Brian, Kirkland, Washington; a nephew, Brian Catlin and two nieces, Alison (Tino) Acevedo and Kristin (Mark) Dibeh and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Rodger was preceded in death by his parents.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS 66675, or Hickory VFW post 6166, 5550 E State St, Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148.
Calling hours will be 11:30 a.m. until the time of service Friday, March 3 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State Street, Sharon.
Memorial service will 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 3 in the funeral home.
Military honors will be rendered prior to the service by the Honor Guard of American Legion post 299, Sharon.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, March 1 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.