Danny Ray Smith

June 28, 1976September 15, 2017

Danny Ray Smith, 41 of Kingsley MI died peacefully with his wife wrapped by his side Fri. Sept 15, 2017. He was born June 28, 1976 in Portland, Oregon to Frankie and Deborah Smith. Danny resided in Kingsley, the home town he grew up in and a graduated from in 1995. On Feb. 15, 2010 he married his soul mate and best friend Jodi Smith in Kingsley MI. Danny was liked by so many with his witty sense of humor and HUGE heart! He loved to boat, hunt, fish, camp, passionately talk politics, watch documentaries, listen to news radio and tell stories to no end! He loved to listen to Paul Harvey and spew out random facts. Everyone is going to miss his intentionally silly grammar such as “gooder,” “warsher machine,” and ridiculous sayings about frogs or checkbooks. He playfully picked on people around him and gave them loving names. He felt privileged to teach the kids how to shoot their first gun, drive a car, play in the mud, and love football. He couldn’t stress the Smith Family philosophy to the kids enough, “don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t steal, work hard for yourself and harder for your family!” He built his company, Total Automotive Solutions, on this philosophy of honesty, respect and integrity. He was proceeded in death by his father Frankie Ray Smith, maternal grandparents and paternal grandmother. He is survived by his wife Jodi, his adored children James 13, Jesse 10, and loving stepchildren Ashlee 17, Alex 21, and Andrew 23. His doting & devoted mother Debbie, friend and “seester” Christina, husband Louis, nieces/nephews Lucy, Lilly, Ally, and Parker, paternal uncles/aunts Ben, Bill, Diane, and Glenda. He was the life of the party and the heart of the family, his smile, laugh, honesty, and smart-ass comments will be missed beyond words. In accordance to Danny’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Celebration of life will take place Saturday September 23, 2017 at Kingsley High School at 11AM with a small luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the family.

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Kingsley, MI.


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    Saturday, September 23, 2017


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Deborah Smith

September 22, 2017

Dan was the kindest & generous person I know besides his dad. He helped so many that came into Total Automotive Solutions That didn't have the money to fix their cars. But Dan would always try to find a way to help them on their way. He did get burned a few times, I remember telling him (stop holding checks for people)
He would say, Mom I can't just not help them. If I don't, who will. I will miss my son to no end. Still so hard to believe he's gone. I just have to keep telling myself, he's in heaven fixing something for God. I love you ever so much my baby boy.

April Stokes

September 19, 2017

Danny you are already so missed by many. I will never forget NASCAR a few years back. You went to bed early so you know what that means...Your bike got toilet papered lol, as if you didn't know it was me lol!! And then the two guys who tried to steal it lol. You were proud of that cool invention you made and should be! Until we meet again my friend...You are in a "gooder' place but we all wish you were here. I will miss your jokes and miss pranking you.

Rebecca and Joyce Estelle

September 19, 2017

Deepest sympathy and heartfelt hugs to the Smith family. He was a great friend to many and we will miss his laughter and smiles.

Angela Roberts (Nottage)

September 19, 2017

When I first moved to MI from CA, Dan invited me on my first 4-Wheeler ride. It was the middle of winter. I was freezing and scared. He took no mercy on me. We laughed about it but it took years before I would get on another ATV. It's a memory I will never forget. He laughed so much he cried. He had a great sense of humor and was always smiling. Dan will be missed by many. Condolences to his wife and family. Keep your memories close and you will keep Danny close.