Roland "Rollie" K. Smith, 86, passed away Friday, September 30, 2022, at Bridge Hospice Care Center. He was born July 25, 1936, in Lima, OH the son of Kenneth F. and Elizabeth M. (Pasco) Smith. He married Carol Sue Metzger, September 29, 1962. He and Carol just celebrated 60 years of marriage! Rollie will be missed by wife Carol, daughter, Allison Marie (Dwight) Blankenship of Worthington, OH, son, Jeffrey Roland (Julie) Smith of Miamisburg, OH, grandchildren Erin Marie (Mac) Ramsdell, Joshua James Blankenship, Jack Roland Smith, and Riley Elizabeth Smith, sister Mrs. Norman (Marilyn) Meyers
and many adored nieces and nephews.
A graduate of Lima Central High School in 1954 and Ohio University in 1958, he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. In the early 60's Roland was a U.S. Army photographer based in Kansas City, MO at the Army Hometown News Center.
Rollie's career began as an advertising artist for The Lima Citizen newspaper in the late 50's. After leaving the Army in the early 60's he went to work for Superior Coach Corporation in Lima, OH as an Advertising photographer. In 1965 Rollie joined Marathon Oil Company and he and Carol moved to Findlay. He was the supervisor of Photography and Video Production during his 30-year career which allowed him many adventures traveling the world and was a wonderful outlet for his creative talents. In retirement Rollie worked in digital design and photography producing artwork in the form of pastels, photography, and digital art.
In Findlay, he was involved with Junior Achievement, the United Way, the YMCA, the Findlay Art League, the Findlay Elks Club and as a board member for the Arts Partnership. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 55 years where he had been a Deacon and led the church's video production group for over 50 years.
Rollie leaves a rich legacy of his creative works through art and photography. He was expert at capturing any special moments he loved, especially of his grandchildren, of whom he was so proud. His family's history and adventures are well documented as a result. His love of people was felt by most through the indelible impression he left on those he met through his warm smile, kindness, support, and interest in others. When Rollie was with you, he was with you. Visitation will be 4-7pm, Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay. A celebration of life memorial service will be at 11 am, Wednesday, October 5, 2022 with an hour of visitation(10-11am) prior to the celebration at The First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main Street, Findlay, OH. Memorials can be directed to Bridge Hospice and The First Presbyterian Church of Findlay. Online condolences can be shared at coldrencrates.com.