John H. Smith

John H. Smith, 66, of 16959 Jerusalem Corners Rd., Pleasantville, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. He was born on Oct. 10, 1947 to the late Hilary and Bernenice Wyant Smith in Ridgway. He was a graduate of Elk County Christian High School, Class of 1965. He attended Gannon University where he graduated with a B.S. in accounting.He was a veteran of the United States Army having served in Germany during the Vietnam War.He moved to Pleasantville in 1971 where he worked for GTE/Sylvania in Titusville and Warren for 10 years.He joined Liberty Electronics in Franklin as one of the first employees. He was instrumental in the growth and success of the company where he worked in various accounting and management positions of increasing responsibility. He was a member of the Board of Directors until his time of death.Even though he had a full-time business career, he enjoyed working on his farm where he raised beef cattle. He grew and processed all feed for his animals, and provided oats, corn, silage, and grain to neighbors. His reputation for quality and fairness was far-reaching. His love of animals was evidenced by the care he provided to them, even individually naming every cow born on his farm. His love for his collie dogs was immeasurable – Buddy and Ike are his remaining pets.He was an active member of The Catholic Community of Titusville.He is survived by a brother, William and wife Sarah (Fisher) Smith of St. Marys; three sisters, Donna Herzing and husband James of St. Marys, Marilyn Mitcheltree and husband Dennis of Ridgway, and Catherine Ginivisian and husband Peter of Chelmsford, Mass.; numerous nieces and nephews; and his many friends. A Mass of Christian Burial for John H. Smith will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Walburga’s Church, 120 Brook St., Titusville with Fr. Walter E. Packard, Pastor of the Catholic Community of Titusville, as celebrant.Private interment services will follow at St. Leo’s Cemetery in Ridgway.Memorial contributions can be made to the Venango County Humane Society, 744 Liberty St., Franklin, Pa. 16323; or to Hospice of Crawford County, Inc., 301 North Monroe St., Titusville, Pa. 16354. If you wish to leave a condolence for the family, go to