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Terry R. Smith

May 1, 1954 - January 23, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date February 8, 2019

A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019, beginning at 11:00 AM at Kalamazoo Covenant Church, 5708 East Main St. Kalamazoo, MI 49048. He will be laid to rest at Ft. Custer National Cemetery following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, c/o the funeral home. Family and friends may share a condolence message online at www.joldersma-klein.com.

Age 64, passed away at Bronson Hospital on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on May 1, 1954. Terry was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend who leaves behind the legacy of a life well lived. He was dedicated to his family and they were at the heart of all that he did. Nothing made him happier than time spent with his children and grandchildren. Terry gave them the gifts of love, laughter and loyalty and he will forever hold a special place in their hearts. He worked hard as a journeyman insulator in the Heat and Frost Insulation industry and was a member of the Local 47 Union. When not working or spending time with family his passion turned towards the water. He was an avid bass fisherman and competed in many tournaments. He also enjoyed traveling and camping with his family. Terry’s smile and laughter will be missed. On September 5, 1972, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served our country with honor until being discharged on September 11, 1975. On August 3, 1974, he married the love of his life Trena Smith who survives. He is also survived by two daughters and their spouses, Tabitha and Roi Farnham, Tanya and Michael Koets; three grandchildren, Ryan Farnham, Tyler Farnham, Lela Koets; mother, Mary Lou Smith; siblings, Kirt and Marie Smith, Penny and Norm Mackey, Ginger Kimmel-Andersen, Kathy and Wayne Johncock, Bonnie and Kevin Miller; several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He was preceded in passing by his father, Norman Kirt Smith.