Leo Melvin Smith Jr.

Leo Melvin Smith Jr.

Leo Melvin Smith Jr. of Otsego passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in Battle Creek.

Leo was born June 16, 1944 in Detroit. He served his country honorably during the Viet Nam war in the Army and spent another 20 years with the National Guard. Leo was a loving and caring family man. On May 13, 1978 in St. Louis, MI he married Susan Ranger who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Frederick (Courtney) Smith of Allegan, Austen Smith of Otsego, John Michael Smith of FL and Jeffery Melvin Smith of Ft. Worth, TX; 7 grandchildren; 9 siblings, Jim, Jerry, Marie, Joyce, Lyn, Marge, Barb, Doug and Carol; many nieces and nephews; and their ‘adopted’ children. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law, Keith and Dustin who was like a son

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Pastor Joe Shaler, officiating.

Military Honors by V.F.W. Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Leo may be made to the Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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  1. Connie Jordan Varner says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family may you all fine comfort and peace Hugs and prayers.

  2. Diane & David Gray says:

    We are so saddened by your loss and pray for all of you.

  3. Ron & Sherry Bickings says:

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    John 14:1-4 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God]; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

  4. Becky Stewart says:

    So sorry for you loss my thoughts are with the family

  5. John & Karen Manning says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and we pray you find comfort and peace in the coming days and weeks ahead.

  6. jim and amelia nelson says:

    we were so sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. you and your family remain in our prayers. we will continue to lift you in prayer, and ask the Lord to send the right person to make it possible to fulfill your and Leo’s dream. god bless and keep you.

  7. Traci Bryant says:

    The robust family that he leaves behind, the one that he helped create, will miss his eagerness and friendliness at our future get- togethers. Mel will be remembered at the memorial celebration but felt in the warmth of the family love that we had him for him.

    Next summer’s family reunion will be missing his steadfast attendance and warm welcome. That deep voice and intense participation will be missed under a beautiful sunny sky. God called him because he needs him now, but we will miss him with our remaining time on earth.

  8. David & Jan Ranger says:

    We are saddened to hear of Leo’s passing. Life is a journey and we should not focus on the destination but on adventures along the way. The good times as well as the not so good. Focus on family and friends, the good laughs that took our breath away. Remembering that memories are ever lasting. God has called Leo home.

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