NORTH CAROLINA - Gerald "Jerry" Lyle Smith, 71, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 21, 2013, at the home of his daughter in North Carolina.
Jerry was born Nov. 11, 1942, in Flint, Mich., the son of Lyle and Eleanor (Nessman) Smith and was raised in Manistique, Mich. He joined the United States Navy in 1961.
Following military service, he moved St. Petersburg, Fla., where he worked at Bay Pines V.A.M.C. for 25 years. Jerry thoroughly enjoyed his retirement, splitting his time between Manistique and St. Petersburg. He was an avid golfer, and loved spending time with his wife, family, and friends.
Gerald L. Smith
He is survived by his loving wife, Frances Smith; son, Toby C. Smith; daughter, Stacy Smith (Joe) Nemeth; grandchildren, Lindsay, Hailey and Brody Nemeth; sister, Marlene (Alvin) Kosloske; mother-in-law, Sophie Pierce; along with many other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at the Indian Lake Country Club in Manistique, Mich., on June 15 at 2 p.m. Burial will be held in the Fairview Cemetery at Manistique.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family for a memorial to carry on his memory.