Age 61, longtime resident of Norvell Township, passed away at his home March 8, 2019. David is survived by two children, son, Damien (Karly) Smith of Big Rapids, grandson, Shain Smith and great-grandson, Oliver Marchyok; daughter, Emmie (Bill Benton) Wedeking of North Carolina, grandsons, Skylar Treibley and Craig Williams, step-grandson, Will Benton; sister, Dee (Kevin) Condra of Napoleon and her children, Kasey, Joe and Ashley; sister, Debbie Hinton of Jackson; nephews, A.J. and Cody; former sister-in-law, Diane Smith Fritz; aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Rosalind (Shaw) Smith and his brother, Don Smith. David was a 1975 graduate of Napoleon High School and then Jackson Community College Business Management Program. He worked as a carpenter for the majority of his life. David had a passion for anything outdoors, bonfires, hunting, fishing and sunsets to name a few of his favorites. He was also known for having friends and family over for his many pig roasts that he enjoyed hosting. A gathering to celebrate David’s life will take place later this summer with details being announced at the appropriate time.
Teach me to work as you did, with patience and perseverance, for God and for those whom God has given me to support. Teach me to see in my fellow workers the Christ who desires to be in them, that I may always be charitable and forbearing towards all. Grant me to look upon work with the eyes of faith, so that I shall recognize in it my share in God’s own creative activity and in Christ’s work of our redemption, and so take pride in it.