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Melvin Smith

Melvin Smith, age 85, of Stockbridge, MI died on June 28, 2019.  He was born on July 11, 1933 the son of Ernest and Mabel (VanBonn) Smith in Salem Twp., MI.  Melvin married Barbara J. (Kitley) in 1953, and she preceded him in death in January of 1995.  He married Karen Willer (wife), in June of 1996, and she survives.  Also surviving are five children, Kenneth (Sue) Smith, Kim (Bev) Smith, Kathy (Rod) McClinchey, and Tyler Willer and Kelly Schupbach; one brother, Bill (Vi) Smith of Columbia, SC;  nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mel moved to Stockbridge from Salem Twp. in 1948.  He worked at Park–Davis in Ann Arbor until he retired in 1991. Mel was active in 4-H horse club, Pals in the Saddle.  He was mostly known in the Michigan Sheep Breeders community for raising Registered Tunis sheep. His passion was for family and farming.  He was also an avid deer hunter.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, MI with Craig Goodlock officiating, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to SAESA or Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

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