By Susan Hartley
May 16, 2014
PIQUA —Jerry Sowers, president of Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, has announced the addition of two associates, Jeff and Gloria Smith as part of the funeral home’s ministry.
A native of Wood County, Jeff Smith has been an embalmer and Ohio licensed funeral director since 1977, when he graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He along with Rush “Bud” Eichholtz were long time owners of Eichholtz Funeral Homes in Logan County until the businesses were sold in June 2012. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and is a member of the Indian Lake Community Church in Russell’s Point, where he serves as a church trustee. He also is a member of the Piqua Kiwanis Club. He married the former Gloria Riley in July 2011, and moved to Piqua shortly thereafter.
Gloria Smith is a native of Quincy, where she graduated from Riverside Local School in DeGraff. She earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Miami University in 1972 and a master’s degree in education from the University of Dayton in 1981. She married Howard Riley in 1978, and they were married 30 years until his death in 2009. Gloria’s entire teaching career of 30 years was with the Piqua City Schools. Since retiring in 2004, she has continued to volunteer for the schools and for the Piqua Compassion Network. She is a lifetime member of the Quincy United Methodist Church where she is a Ttrustee and a member of the choir. Gloria and Jeff were married on July 27, 2011, at Mackinaw Island, Mich. and they live near Piqua. They share two daughters, two sons and their families including five grandchildren.
The Smiths will assist with calling hours at the funeral home, and Jeff also will assist with the duties of a funeral director and embalmer. The families have enjoyed seeing Gloria’s friendly face since she has worked in the Piqua community for many years. “We are both pleased to continue our community service through the Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home ministry”.
“We are looking forward to working with Jeff’s many years of expertise and experience in funeral service in serving our families to the best of our ability in adding excellence to our funeral homes ministry,” Sowers said.