Arthur C. Smith

April 11, 1919July 6, 2013

Arthur C. Smith Tempe, AZ Formerly of East Lansing, Michigan

Born April 11, 1919 in Isabella County died July 6, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona at the age of 94. Arthur had been a lifelong resident of East Lansing, Michigan. In recent years Arthur spent the winter months in Tempe, AZ but always looked forward to returning to Michigan in the spring.

Arthur graduated from Eastern High School in 1939. He married Dorothy Graham on October 24, 1941 and soon after was drafted into the United States Army where he served overseas during World War II stationed in Germany. During his tour of duty Arthur was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. Upon returning home from the service Arthur and Dorothy resumed their lives building the family home in East Lansing and the family cottage at Crooked Lake and raising their four children. Arthur worked for Motor Wheel retiring in 1977 after 38 years of service. Arthur and Dorothy spent many years traveling and spending time with family and friends in both Arizona and Michigan until Dorothy’s death in 1989.

Arthur was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; mother and father Albert and Jenny Smith; sisters, Charlotte Reynolds, Mary Seals and Nellie Krause and nephew, Clayton Arthur Smith. He is survived by four children, Allen Smith of East Lansing, Karen Lea Smith of Lansing, Garry (Melanie) Smith of Holt and Linda Smith of Tempe, Az. Also surviving him are four grandchildren, D.J. Smith, Patrick Smith, Sara Smith, Bethany Miller and four great grandchildren, Kathryn Smith, Garry Smith, Donnelly Smith and Ayden Smith.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 12, at Noon, at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave, East Lansing with the Rev. Dean White officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in Arthur’s name to the American Heart Association, 38016 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 or American Lung Association of Michigan, 1475 12 Mile Rd. Madison Heights, MI 48071.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at:


  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 12, 2013

Arthur C. Smith

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July 13, 2013

Dear Linda & family, I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. No matter how long we have been blessed to have our loved ones with us, we are never ready to say good bye. Your family and many fond memories will strengthen you. Know that you have the love and prayers of many friends as well. Sincerely, Lori Briegel