Gary Smith

Gary W. Smith

November 4, 1934 - December 30, 2019
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Gary Wilmot Smith of Ann Arbor, Michigan died December 30, 2019 at the age of 85. He was born November 4, 1934 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Murray JA and Juliaett J. (Wines) Smith. He married the love of his life Patricia Ann (Ball) on January 22, 1965. Gary graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1954. He proudly served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He attended Henry Ford College. He has been a member of Grace Bible Church since 1966. He served as the Vice President of Ann Arbor Machine and also worked in sales at Pinnacle Engineering with his brother, nephew, and great-nephew. Gary grew up in Ann Arbor. As a kid he shined shoes and sold newspapers on the street corners of Main and Liberty with his brother. Gary loves to drive around Ann Arbor reminiscing about all the places of his childhood. After graduation from Ann Arbor High, he became a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in California and Okinawa, Japan. Over the years he picked up the nicknames; Spoly and Smitty. After graduating from Henry Ford College Gary went to work with his father at Ann Arbor Machine as a welder. There he discovered his love for art, welding, and gifting his art to all of us. He loved painting and wood carving. He loved to cook and enjoy great food. Gary loved the lord and he has shared his faith in Jesus Christ with many. Gary was led to the lord by his Aunt Ruby and was baptized in 1966. Gary had a deep love for his wife Pat and their family. He could always be seen slow dancing in the kitchen with his wife, wrestling in the living room with the kids or teasing the grandkids (removing their noses or pulling quarters out of their ears). He had nick names for the grandkids too; Church mouse, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse to name a few. Gary loved the outdoors! He loved trout fishing, mushroom hunting, deer hunting, and pheasant hunting with his sons and other family members. He LOVES his cabin in Wolverine, Michigan. Gary was a hardworking man! Who is Karl? Will we ever know?

Gary is survived by his loving wife Pat; his children Ronald Wilmot (Rhonda Scott) Smith, Gary Russel Smith, Pamela (Richard) Clark, and Lori (Timothy) Larsen; grandchildren Kristine Anne (Hal) Williams, Ryann Suzanne Smith, Ronald Wilmot Smith II, Chelsea Cole Larsen, Hannah Lynn Larsen, Amber Lee (Merrill) Collins, Daniel Richard (Kaylee) Clark, and Holly Rae (Joshua) Kercher; six great-grandchildren; brother Murray Eugene Smith; sister Diane (Ken) Harrison; and several nieces, nephews, and great-nephews. He will also be missed by his grand-dog Coco. Gary is preceded in death by his father Murray and his mother Juliaett, niece Leslie Figg and sister-in-law Gertrude Smith.

Visitation Sunday, January 5, 2019 from 5 to 8 pm at Nie Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor. Additional visitation Monday, January 6, 2019 from 10 am until time of funeral service at 11 am at Grace Bible Church, 1300 S Maple Rd, Ann Arbor with Rev. Doug Strader officiating. Interment will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Paralyzed Veterans of America or Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday January 5, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday January 5, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday January 6, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday January 6, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Grace Bible Church
    1300 S. Maple Rd.
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
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  • Funeral Service

    Monday January 6, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday January 6, 2020 11:00am
    Grace Bible Church
    1300 S. Maple Rd.
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Doug Strader
  • Interment

    Monday January 6, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Monday January 6, 2020 12:30pm
    Forest Hill Cemetery
    415 South Observatory
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Ronnie , We are so sorry. We love you, Dan, Kristin and Skylar
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