Zechar Bailey Funeral Home

1499 N Broadway PO Box 337, Greenville, OH


Roman Gabriel Smith

June 4, 1972April 2, 2020

Roman Gabriel Smith, 47, of Tipp City passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020 at his Tipp City home after a 2½ year battle with cancer. He was born June 4, 1972 in Greenville. He married his high school sweetheart, Tina Durnell, nearly 24 years ago on May 25, 1996. Survivors include his two sons Peyton, attending University of Cincinnati, Caiden, attending Urbana University, and his daughter, Kenna, a junior at Tippecanoe High School; his father and mother, Jeffrey Smith (Nellie), and Holly Tryon of Greenville; father and mother in law, Robert and Marcia Durnell (Layman) of The Villages, Florida; a brother Derek Smith (Amy) of Greenville, a brother in law Shawn Durnell (Christine) of Casselberry, Florida. Roman grew up in Greenville, Ohio, was a 1990 graduate of Greenville High School, continued his education, and graduated from Bowling Green University in 1995. He and his family lived in Orlando, Florida and Tipp City, Ohio. In high school, Roman’s love for sports started as a member of the baseball and soccer teams and then continued as a coach for many of his children’s teams. He was an avid supporter of the Tipp City athletic program. Roman worked for the past 12 years for Freshway Foods of Sidney as the Director of Procurement. As a graduate of United Fresh Leadership Program and Cornell Executive Leadership, Roman was respected across the nation as a leader in the area of fresh produce. As a loving father and husband, Roman enjoyed spending his leisure time with his family at various sporting events, cruises, and for many years, being at the family’s lake property and boating on Brookville Lake. Roman attended Ginghamsburg Church and as a believer, his faith was evident in all aspects of his life. He always put family first and instilled his faith in them. From nightly cross-country prayers while traveling to Sunday’s at home with his family; he never missed a chance to be a positive influence. A Celebration of Life will be held on August 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Ginghamsburg Church 6759 South County Road 25A, Tipp City, Ohio with pastor Rachel Billups officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Romans’ family to set up a trust for his children. Donations may be sent to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home or to the family directly.


15 August

Celebration of Life

10:00 am

Ginghamsburg Church

6759 S. County Road 25 A
Tipp City, Ohio


Roman Gabriel Smith

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Carol Hoop

May 11, 2020

So very sorry, Holli and all the rest of the family. I’m Aunt Bonnie’s friend. Just lost my daughter in November and can relate to the pain you are going through loosing a child. Blessings for peace.

Tyrone Prowant

April 10, 2020

Jeff, I really didn't know Roman, but I heard lots about him from you. I was so envious! You are as good a man as I know. I was so happy for you to have a son this good! Why? Because when I saw you, I saw a friend, always. I knew you weren't bragging, just telling the truth. You had the best. You still have the best!

Nick Palmer

April 8, 2020

We are so sorry to see that Roman has passed on. He was a model student in my class. (not much like his parents, Ha). I can't imagine what you all are going through right now. Now that there are many out there that are sharing you sorrow at this difficult time. As is always the case think of the good times. That will carry you through this toughest of times. Know you are in our prayers.

Kelly Thwaits

April 7, 2020

Tina and Family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and your children during this time of grief. Roman was such a kind soul and always seemed so very happy and content with life. Cherish all of the wonderful memories of him. I pray God always comforts you when you need it most.

Kelly Thwaits

Rick and Betty Birt

April 6, 2020

So very saddened to read of Roman's passing. Peace to each of you and know that you and your family are in the hearts of many.

Mark Jewell

April 6, 2020

Roman was one of a kind. I really like doing business and playing golf with him.
He was funny, kind, tough all rolled into one. I will miss him dearly.

Mark Jewell

Pat Sweet

April 5, 2020

Dear Tina , So many memories of Roman and Marc at Bowling Green and the joy of knowing you and Roman and being an important part of Marc’s life . Our hearts are heavy at your loss and reading about Roman and your family is a testament to the joy and love he brought to you and your family . May God bless you with the peace that transcends all understanding . Love, Marc’s parents Pat and David and Marc’s sisters Melissa and Katie.

Brad Rohlfs

April 5, 2020

Tina and family,

I am thankful for the time I was able to spend in Bowling Green with Roman. As a pledge mate in the fraternity, we shared many experiences that can never be replaced. Roman ALWAYS carried himself as a man of good character, and set an example for all of his brothers. Tina my heart goes out to you and your children during this difficult time. My family and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Brad Rohlfs


April 5, 2020

Tina and family,

It seems like a few years ago we were running the streets of Greenville in grade school. I have many memories in mind of those times. One that stands out is of Halloween when Roman John Halley and I dressed up as nerds. We made great nerds. Somewhere there are photos of it but who has them is beyond me right now. It was awesome to see our sons grow up and compete on the soccer field. Even though contact was limited as we grew older, I give you the utmost respect with what you have been through and know that I miss my cousin very much. God bless you all.

John Dillon

April 5, 2020

Prayers to you Tina, and all your family.


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