Gary L. "Happy Hips" Smith, 58, of Lorain, passed away Monday, November 07, 2016 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness.
Born December 9, 1957 in Lorain, he lived in Lorain his entire life. Gary graduated from Lorain Admiral King in 1975 and then served in the US Navy.
Gary worked as a self-employed dry wall installer for many years. Prior to this, he worked as a welder at American Ship Building Company in Lorain.
He was a member of the Salvation Army, Lorain, and Alcoholics Anonyms. Gary enjoyed working on model cars.
Surviving is his daughter, Linda Leeann Chain of Baytown, TX; grandchildren, Tiffany Everett, Kylie Brooke Chain and Michael Everett; brothers, David and Jason both of Lorain; sisters, Debbie Arnett of Lorain, Kathy Spence of Sheffield Lake and Mildred Hohman of North Ridgeville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard in 2010 and Betty (nee Lambert) Smith in 2002.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 11:00 am until the time of services at 1:00 pm at the Salvation Army, 2506 Broadway, Lorain. Lieutenant Jimmy Susa, will officiate. Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Twp. To send online condolences go to www.dovinfuneralhome.com