Lancaster Eagle Gazette, Lancaster, Ohio
August 4, 1973
John Russell Smyers, 28, formerly of Reynoldsburg, drowned July 22 in Alaska. He was previously associated with the Peace Corps.
He is survived by step-father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. James (Viola) Shimp, Baltimore; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Good, Reynoldsburg; paternal step-grandfather and grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Miller, Columbus; brothers, Richard Smyers, Ostrander, Ohio, and William Smyers, Columbus; sisters, Mrs. Patricia Hansman, New Delhi, India, and Mrs. Shirley French, Pataskala; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at Cotner Funeral Home, Reynoldsburg Chapel, 7369 E. Main Street, where services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Scott Kelso will officiate.
Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.