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Robert Roy Smith of Reed City passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 at his residence. He was 84 years old.


He was born June 27, 1932 in Luther to Samuel and Vietta (Fralick) Smith and was raised in Reed City. He was a 1950 graduate of Reed City High School. On February 9, 1951 he was married in Reed City to Helen Louise Hoogerhyde who survives him. Robert was employed for 39 years with Tubelite Corp. until his retirement in 1992. He was a wonderful grandfather and father and he enjoyed gardening. He is survived by his wife Helen Smith, children: Linda (Kenneth) Mom, Robert Smith, and Gary (Judy) Smith, 17 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, brother-in-law Pete (Marilyn) Hoogerhyde, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Vietta Smith, his brothers Ralph, Howard, and Byron Smith, and his daughter Karen Bartels and son Terry Smith.


Funeral services will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Rev. Glen Robinette officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Reed City. Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 A.M. until the beginning of services.

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