Ralph M. Smith "Smitty"

August 13, 1949June 2, 2012

Ralph M. “Smitty” Smith East Lansing, Michigan

Loving husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle, friend, and brother of many. Born August 13, 1949 in Hudsonville, Michigan to Virgil and Lilian Smith, passed away June 2, 2012 at the age of 62. Ralph served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. He worked as an inspector for General Motors. Smitty was a member of the “Family Motorcycle Club” for 40 years. He was described as “one of a kind” and “a free spirit”. Smitty loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He loved to tinker. Smitty was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Morrow; his parents; brothers, Earl and Frank Smith; sister, Dorothy Crawford and brother-in-law, Donald Kwiatkowski. He is survived by his wife, Debra; daughter, Tracy (Jon) Farthing, Marilee (Mark) Hawkins and Brandi Smith; sons, Brad (Sarah) Blankenship and Dustin Smith; 9 grandchildren; brothers, Tom (Jan) Sjoerdsma and Ted (Kathy) Sjoerdsma; sisters, Leta Kwiatkowski, Betty (Don) Foster, Carol (Dave) Wolters, Pauline (Ralph) Lovell and Bonnie (Kiehl) Jennett; and several nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held Friday, June 8, 12:00 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave, East Lansing. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent Home for Children, 2800 W. Willow St, Lansing, MI 48917 in Ralph’s memory. On line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 8, 2012

Ralph M. Smith "Smitty"

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jim troost

August 15, 2012

happy b-day Mike...we all miss you...i volunteered at the VA with fast Eddies sister pat in your name July 28

August 15, 2012

love you Dad Happy Birthday...think of you every day and all day its got no easier I miss you moreevery day..loveya

August 15, 2012

love you Dad Happy Birthday...think of you every day and all day its got no easier I miss you moreevery day..loveya

August 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Smit!!! We know you weren't big on celebrating just couldn't let the day go without telling you...Love Sarah and the kids

kristy decker

June 30, 2012

There's not a day that goes by that i don't think of you. I can't believe your not here anymore. Every time I see a motorcycle I think of you. I remember the time you took me for a ride on Bertha 1 but we never got to take that ride on Bertha 2.I wish we could have done that. You will always be missed but never forgotten.Love you always and forever R.I.P uncle smitty

nancy decker

June 30, 2012

To my special brother in law not a day goes by I dont think of you. You were always there to help when someone needed you. You will be dearly missed but never forgotten

June 26, 2012

Wow, I still can't believe you are gone . My heart hurts for our daughters.They lost you too soon. Every time I see a bike on the road I think of you.You were the love of my life so many years ago.Things just didn't work out for us.Sure hope Deb and the boys are doing well. Give my Mom a hug from me .Know you will always be missed Rose

June 24, 2012

Not a day goes by that you are not missed!!!

June 23, 2012

Love ya Dad R.i.p

Charles Renny

June 15, 2012

Sorry to hear about "smitty", I just herd the news the other day .....he was a good person , and always stressed , on being polite , and show respect to other people , and the times , I got to hang out with him , via the FMC ......great stuff...