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Leonard “Len” Harter Smeltzer

Visitation Info: Linnemann Funeral Home Erlanger
Interment Info: Mother of God Cemetery

Leonard “Len” Harter Smeltzer Jr., 82, of Erlanger, KY, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Len, an accomplished engineer and proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati DAAP program, worked as a sales engineer for Kamen for over 15 years. Additionally, he enjoyed traveling with his family, especially to Hawaii and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. To Len, his family was everything.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Vida Smeltzer; his son, Jeffrey Harter Smeltzer; and his beloved sister, Janet.

Len is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Katy Smeltzer (nee Schulte); his children, Melanie (Eric) Lennon, Ann Smeltzer, David (Margaret) Smeltzer, and Carrie (Scott) Katz; and his brother, Keith (Susan) Smeltzer.

He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Jeffrey, Kaayla, Talon, Michael, Ben, Conrad, Shawn, and Carson; and his great-grandchildren, Krista, Madelyn, and Milla.

Memorial visitation will be on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 5:00PM-7:00PM at Linnemann Funeral Homes in Erlanger, KY. His ashes will be buried privately at Mother of God Cemetery in Latonia, KY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: The University of Cincinnati Foundation College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning PO Box 19970 Cincinnati, OH 45219. To share a memory of Len or to offer your condolences, please visit

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Linnemann Funeral Home Erlanger

30 Commonwealth Avenue
12:00 am

Leonard “Len” Harter Smeltzer


Mother of God Cemetery

Address: 3125 Madison Ave Latonia, KY 41015
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Leonard “Len” Harter Smeltzer


Our sympathy

Dear Katie, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Len. I always enjoyed his company during our last three years in dialysis, and especially our lunches with Dan. Peggy’s cousin, Tom Rolfes, was a classmate of Len’s at St. Henry. He said he always enjoyed the e-mails Len sent to him. My guess is he is with angels now. I hope they have a Pina Colada for him. Sincerely, Dick and Peggy Rensing

Len will be missed!

To the Smeltzer family, I am so sorry for the loss of Len. He entertained me with his stories in the driveway. It seemed he had a story for every occasion. I will also miss the funny emails he sent to us. He was a good man!! RIP Len!!! Hope to make it Thursday, but I am fighting a cough today. God bless all of you! Dan Goetz

Family man

Mr Smeltzer was a great cook, house cleaner but more than that hard worker and always there for his family.

Ann, Dave, Melanie and Carrie know that he always loves you and will be with you in spirit
Mrs Smeltzer he also wants you to be happy
Many good memories from. Edgewood.
Mary Kay

Wonderful man.

Never saw Len without a smile. Growing up as a kid and had the pleasure of working with him in later years. Enjoyed several lunches with him and never let work get in the way of a good conversation. His devotion to family was always forefront. He will be missed.

Family Man

Sincere condolences to the Smeltzer Family. As his neighbor for over 20 years we witnessed his devotion to his family. Surely you are already missing his hearty laugh and gentle hugs. We can still picture him out in the driveway every Saturday morning washing his cars. Such a nice man. May God be with you and give you the strength to carry on with out him. He and Jeff will still be looking out for you:) Jim and Paula