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Gary Max Smith

Gary M. Smith, Age 83, passed away on October 27, 2020. He was born September 17, 1937 in Hartford, MI to Durwood and Joanna (Vliek) Smith. Gary was a loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. A graduate of Western Michigan University, Gary spent the majority of his professional career as a Sales Manager for Ronningen-Petter/Dover Corporation in Portage, MI. He married Judyth K. Linders in 1964, and soon began his family life. The two were blessed with three sons: Jeffrey, Gregory, and Brian. Gary took great pride in his family, spiritual and professional life. An avid angler, he enjoyed many summers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to fish the bountiful lakes and streams. Gary was always at the ready to lend a helping hand or a sympathetic ear to those in need. He and Judy were long-time members of Lakeland Reformed Church in Vicksburg, MI. Gary was proceeded in death by his parents, his loving wife Judy, his middle son Greg, and his brother-in-law William Jackson. He is survived by his sons Jeffrey Smith, Brian (Nicole) Smith, and his three grandsons Nathan, Tyler, and Jack. Also surviving are his sister Shirley Jackson and brother John (Jan) Smith; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and a small grave side memorial and entombment is being planned for the immediate family due to the current state and restrictions of Covid-19. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Lawton Athletics, P.O. Box 39, Lawton, MI 49065. While at Gary's webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please take time to sign his guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with his family. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269) 679-5622.

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Gary hired me at Ronningen-Petter. I worked with him for over 17 years. He was a very kind and great co-worker.

Lorrie Jancarz Nov 1 2020 4:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Smith

judy linders Oct 29 2020 6:18 AM

Gary was what I thought of as my grown-up cousin because he always acted mature, a gentleman, soft spoken, and with kindness. He was a true roll model for how to treat people. I will miss him greatly.

Barb Kohl Oct 28 2020 6:50 PM

Gary will be remembered ....a smile to share, friend, and kind to everyone. :blue_heart:

Dick and nancy linders Oct 28 2020 12:04 PM