Chet A. Smith
December 27, 1923 – September 10, 2020
Chester Alvin Smith, 12/27/1923 – 09/10/2020 Chet passed away in the early morning of Thursday September 10 at home surrounded by family. The oldest of 6 children, he was born at home in Auburn Indiana to Ashton and Mary (Goe) Smith. An Army veteran of WWII, and Electrical Engineering graduate of Purdue University. He married Betty Mae Brinkman on August 22, 1948. His 30 plus year career with General Electric had them making their home in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Along the way he received 5 patent awards and was very active in local service activities such as a church building fund, Kiwanis Clubs, Boy Scouts, and GE management clubs. They finally landed in Holland, MI for the fourth and final time in 1993. Starting as a hobby in 1967, Chet and Betty eventually joined the Tulip City Gem and Mineral Club and “Rocks” became a lifelong passion for both of them. They traveled around the world for some of their most prized specimens. After retirement they spent many winters in Quartzite, AZ. Chet, Dad and loving grandpa, thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and 28 yearly family camping trips with his children and theirs. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty in 2010, parents, brothers Estelle and Betty Smith and Homer and Gloria Smith, in-law’s John Stebing, Eston Rohm and Larry Hansche, Charles and Margaret Brinkman, Paul Brinkman, Juanita and Kenneth Rhodes and Ruth and Keith Culler. He is survived by sisters, Lois Stebing and Ramona Rohm of Auburn, IN and Violet Hansche of SC, 4 children Fred and Jackie Smith of South Lyon, MI, Dottie Smith (Hardy Hoffmann) of Byhalia, MS, Barbara and Dean (Perry) Balgoyen of Allegan, MI and Jeffrey and Kenlyn Smith of Holland, MI. 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 5 great, great grandchildren. As requested, there will be no services. If considering a memorial, please consider giving to Hospice of Holland, MI or to the Norman and Helen Gibson Geology Field Study Scholarship at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI. Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Smith family.
A private family service will take place at a later date.
Chet A. Smith
September 15, 2020
I met Chet about 15 years ago through the TCGMC. What a wonderful man. He was always smiling and patient with everyone. He loved sharing his stories and he loved a good conversation. He will be missed deeply.
September 14, 2020
As a member of the Tulip City Gem and Mineral Club, I always looked for Chet at the meetings. I could show him a rock I wasn't sure about ...Chet was able to ID it most of the time. He was patient with my questions. I have missed seeing him since Covid began and meetings canceled. I will keep my memory of his gentle smile and mourn the loss.
September 11, 2020
Sorry for your loss ! He will be greatly missed ! Sincerely : Jeff price and family Bowling Green Ky