Gary Lee Smith, a lifelong Michigan resident, died peacefully September 11, 2022 at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Trudy; his brothers, Lon and Steve Smith; stepsons, Matthew (Laura) and Mark (Anna Lisa) Garrison; and grandchildren, Malia and Colin Garrison. Many, many young people called him Grandpa and some lived with Smiths when in need of a safe place to call home. Currently living with Trudy are Eh Ter Lar, Hser Ku Moo and Du Moo. Next door is daughter, Flor (Derek) Fratzke and their daughters Isabella and Arabelle.
The joy in his life was helping kids. He also loved hunting, fishing, photography, and service and mission work with the First Presbyterian Church of Holt and to the refugee community in the Lansing area.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Holt on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. with lunch to follow. Visitation starts at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends can make a memorial contribution to the First Presbyterian Church of Holt or to the Holt Community Food Bank. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.