Roger H. Smith, age 87, died January 22, 2018 at the home of his daughter, June Ritter, in Orlando, Florida.
He was born and grew up in New Jersey, where he graduated from Ridgetwood High School. He attended Indiana University. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he joined the US Army and served in Japan as a Russian translator. After his army service, he earned a degree in law from Indiana University.
On June 16, 1956 he married Patricia Blossom of Richmond, who passed away June 24, 2014. The family moved to Brookville in 1959.
Roger practiced law in Brookville for the next 37 years. He was for many years a prosecutor and assistant prosecutor for Franklin County. While he served his clients in most aspects of law in his private practice, he most enjoyed the challenges of criminal trial work and devoted himself to that almost exclusively in the latter years of his career.
He was a longtime member of Brookville United Methodist Church, and of the Harmony Masonic Lodge #11 F. & A.M. Roger was deeply read in the history of the Civil War and visited nearly all of the battlefields that have been preserved. After his retirement, he divided his time between Brookville and his home in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Survivors include four children, Britt H. Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio, Anne Archuleta of Centennial, Colo., Craig F. Smith of Ashford, Conn. and June Ritter of Orlando, Fla.; five grandchildren, Andrea Scherpenberg and Eric Smith, Matthew, Andrew and Nicholas Ritter; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha Scherpenberg and Maxwell Crawford.
Private services were held at the convenience of the family. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com. (paid obituary)