OBITUARY

Gary Allen Smith

June 14, 1961August 7, 2019
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Gary Allen Smith, 58, of Tecumseh passed away August 7, 2019. He was born June 14, 1961 in Boulder, Colorado to Alfred Ervin and Lavenia Mae (Redwine) Smith. Gary was a well-read and intelligent man. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degree in business from University of Phoenix, all while helping to raise and provide for his family. His career led him to travel the world to places like Saudi Arabia, Africa, China, Peru, Indonesia, and India to name a few. Gary was the type of man that was always there when you needed him. He learned everything he could about guitars, softball, and anime to connect with each of his children. Gary was a man with great talent musically. He loved guitars and could play and talk about them for hours. He enjoyed boats, the lake, and being in the mountains. Gary lived a full life, determined to live, a fighter. When diagnosed with carcinoid, a type of cancer nearly twenty years ago, he took his disease into his own hands. He researched everything he could about carcinoid, ran online support groups, and became an expert of the disease. Never once did he waiver in his determination to live and prove the doctors wrong. Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Gary Smith and his wife, Rachel; daughters: Melissa Crawl and her husband, Anthony, and Cassandra Smith; grandchildren: Charlotte and Isla Smith; mother, Lavenia Mae Smith; brother, David Smith; and fiancé, Carol Merriwether. He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Ervin Smith. A celebration of life will be held, 2:00pm, Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Services

24 August

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

Resthaven Funeral Home

Chapel


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Kerry Thompson

August 19, 2019

Gary,
Your curiosity and determination to have your questions answered made you colorful, witty and wise. That wisdom helped you raise a wonderful family that we all grew to know and love. It was your encouragement that convinced me to achieve an MBA at University of Phoenix . For that I am oh so grateful. You allowed your son Gary to be best friends with my son Jake and that has made a big difference in both our lives. For those reasons you will always be around and in our hearts.

Debby Spooner

August 12, 2019

SO sorry to hear this news. Gary was always forthright and courageous and fought so diligently, never losing his quick wit and sense of humor. His fierce love for his family and his constant desire to learn are an example to all of us....,..till we meet again, Gary..... love and peace to all who know and love him.

Jeanette Sardo (Lewis)

August 10, 2019

My favorite memory of Gary is when we had our family reunion/50 th Anniversary celebration for my grand parents. One night Karen and both her sisters and all the husbands sang songs and played their favorite instruments for the whole family. Gary was smiling and enjoying all the activities. He fit in perfectly to our crazy and wacky family. Thank you for loving my cousin unconditionally and being a wonderful father and Grandfather You will be missed and forever loved. Rest in peace in the hands of the lord.

Deb and Joe Repine

August 9, 2019

We will always remember Gary for his kindness, wit and humor. When he spoke in church, we looked forward to it. We’ll never forget his “Coach Flowers” talk about rising to and overcoming challenges. Gary taught and presented with focus, spirituality, humor and intelligence. Rest peacefully in the eternities, Gary. You will be missed.

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