Date of Death
June 13, 2016
Place of Death
In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and a celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 PM on Monday, June 20, 2016 at Valley Family Church Cathedral, 2500 Vincent Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49024.
Age 54, passed away at home on Monday, June 13, 2016 with his family by his side. Duane was born in Kalamazoo on August 25, 1961 the son of Daune Smith, Sr. and Elaine Kidder. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp. Duane was extremely gifted with his hands and used his expertise as a successful business owner of Able Repairs, Inc. He had a deep love of Christ and enjoyed evangelical work. He was also a talented musician and played guitar for the Praise and Worship team at Valley Family Church. Family was always at the center of Duane’s life and he leaves many wonderful memories that will be cherished by all who knew him. He is survived by his children, Ryan & Mary Smith, Amberly, Brenton and Hannah Smith; mother, Elaine Kidder, father, Daune & Jan Smith, Sr.; brothers, Daune “JR”, Jr. and Darryl & Maureen Smith; nieces and nephew, Dawn Marie Smith, Danielle & Eric Woods and Cassie and Aaron Smith; aunt, Trudy Ramgren; his girlfriend, Dawn Niecko; the mother of his children, Kathy Smith and special friend, Roger Leduc. Duane is preceded in death by his step-father, Donald Kidder.
Memorial contributions may be given to Youth for Christ, c/o of the funeral home.