OBITUARY

Leo "Beck" Smith

September 11, 1928May 4, 2021
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Leo A. Smith, of Dorr, was called from this world on May 4, 2021, to be reunited with Lucille, after 92 years on this earth. His battle with cancer over, he passed his way at home, surrounded by family. Born on September 11, 1928 to Antone and Hartsel Smith of Belmont Addition, Michigan, he was the second of seven children. Preceded in death by Leonard and Betty, he is survived by Anna, Paul, Alice, and Richard. Leo was also preceded in death by his wife, Lucille, in 1998. They raised and loved a family of nine children. He is survived by Mark and Sandra Smith, Linda Smith, Michael Smith, Bernie and Lorie Smith, Karen and Jeff Lenhart, Phillip and Rose Smith, and Gary Smith. Deceased are Richard and Christine Smith. He was also loved by 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Leo, “Beck" to most who knew him, spent most of his working life as a truck driver. He spent his retirement playing golf in Michigan and Florida, working the New Salem Corn Maze, “contributing” to the local casino, and baking the world’s best cookies.

Leo worked his “bucket list” to the fullest. He ziplined in downtown Las Vegas at age 88, went rafting down the Nantahala River in North Carolina at age 89, skydived at age 90 and helicoptered the Grand Canyon at age 91. Plans to zipline Niagara Falls at age 92 were sidelined by the Pandemic.

Leo and Lucille were longtime members of St. Stanislaus Catholic Parish in Hilliards, MI and we’re quite sure he’s upstairs now waiting for the pine tree in the backyard to fall.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home - Dorr Chapel, 4330 18th St., Dorr, MI 49323. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1871 136th Ave., Dorr, MI 49323 with visitation an hour prior to the service and prayers of the Rosary held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. In memory of Leo and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.kubiakcookdorr.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Rosary

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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Jennifer Stansbury

May 11, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Beck's passing. I'll always remember when he'd come home and park his rig. I'd jump up and down yelling, "Beck's home! Beck's home! Beck's home!" Gosh, I was a little kid and he must have let me one time sit up in the seat with him and pull the cord for the big horn. I'm not sure how long it lasted, but from then on I thought it was something I was meant to do. My mom or dad would walk me over after he was home a bit so I could blow the horn on Beck's truck. He was such a dear, sweet man. You're all in my thoughts and prayers. ♥

Cindy Brouwer

May 8, 2021

Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Beck was an amazing man and I am so glad I knew him and Lucille for a few years....God bless you...

Terry and Diane Kunst

May 6, 2021

It was wonderful to see Uncle Beck for his birthday gathering. A joyful and tearful day. He was truly someone we all could look up to, his stature alone was way up there, but his true character and love of others always came shining through. He was the auctioneer at Smith family reunions at Aunt Betty and Uncle Jim’s, and always made it so much fun! Remembering a Christmas at Uncle Beck’s and Aunt Lucille’s years ago and they were full of happiness at having their home packed with so many! Delicious food and family fun!!
He will be missed by all who knew him.

Betty Wisniewski

May 6, 2021

My deepest sympathy to all the family.

Beck was a wonderful person and brother-in-law. Our children always loved going to Uncle Beck and Aunt Lucille's house. The Christmas celebrations were awesome.

May all the good memories sustain you during this time of loss and sorrow.

Love, Aunt Betty

Allen Cassella

May 6, 2021

We have always known you as “The Dad”. We remember all the good times of playing golf in Florida, Michigan and Hawaii, whale watching in Hawaii, frog legs at the Catfish House, and dinners at home. We loved your strawberry jam, cookies and apple sauce. Although you had such a large and wonderful family you always had room in your heart for us. Your loving kindness has blessed us in a very special way and will always be remembered. Sending our love and prayers to the family.

Debra Miller-Jeffery

May 5, 2021

Smitty was a Great Human being, haven't seen him in years. Good memories of him and Lucielle.
Condolences to his family.

Stacy Jones

May 5, 2021

Uncle beck I didn’t know you that well but will miss you very much I loved that I got to watch you sky five at 90 and your cookies were always one of my faves also coming to your last birthday /life party and listening to the stories of your life brought tears to my eyes seeing how loved you were you were an amazing person and I’m glad to call you family ❤️❤️

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