Archie Smith

Archie Smith

Archie G. Smith of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in Kalamazoo. Archie was born November 26, 1940 in Otsego Township to George and Mildred (Stratton) Smith.

A 1960 graduate of Plainwell High School he was employed for 40 years with James River. In his leisure time he enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, cooking, yard work, gardening and his dogs. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching his kids’ and grandkids’ events and had coached their Little League teams. Archie was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego.

On May 6, 1961 in Otsego he married Karen Shipley, who survives. Also surviving are his sons, Rick (Kim) Smith of Orangeville, Randy (April) Smith and Gary Smith, both of Plainwell; seven grandchildren, Sydney, Taylor, Jay, Mekala, Jordan, Gabrielle and Connor; a great-grandson, Aubrey.

Preceding him in death were two sisters, Margaret and Doris.

Friends may visit with his family from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday April 12, 2015, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, April 13, 2015, at the First Congregational Church of Otsego, Pastor David Youngs officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Archie may be made to his family.

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  1. Sandra Greene says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you Rick and your family in this time of loss. We are there for your support.

    Your GE Planning team

  2. Rich & Judy Haugh says:

    Karen & family – We are so sorry! Archie will be missed by many and remembered as a joy to know. Our sympathies to you all!

  3. Bryon & Kandy Campbell says:

    Randy & April – We are so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember Archie from our days at Congregational Church. He was truly a nice guy.

  4. Linda Craner says:

    Karen and Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. The Brouwer Family says:

    Karen, Rick, Kim and family-

    Our hearts go out to you all! Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time and if there is “anything” we can do, we are here! I know Archie will be missed by many, may his memories live on forever and fill your hearts! Hugs~

  6. Clara & Jack Howrigon says:

    Karen April & Randy and all your family,

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss, remember all the good times we had golfing & going out to eat afterwards.

    Our prayers are with all of you.

  7. Ron and Bev Esterline says:

    Karen, We are so sorry for your loss of
    Archie. Our thoughts are with you and the family at this time.

  8. Bob Miles says:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Archie. Archie was one of the good guys. I always enjoyed talking to him and being around him at the golf course. He was a joy to be around and never held back on his golf swing. he will be missed by many.

  9. Terry vanlent says:

    Karen, Rick, Randy and Gary,

    we are so sorry for your loss. we will be praying for your hearts to heal ….he was a great guy! I can just imagine that my dad is showin
    Him the ropes and sharing some fishing stories…..oh and they are
    Probably having a beer together! May God Bless You and keep you
    close. Love, Terry and Jim Van Lent

  10. Don & Sally Dam says:

    Our prayers are with you during this most difficult time, may God give you peace and comfort!!

  11. Fred and June says:

    Karen So hard to put into words the way we will miss Arch. For Fred has lost his best friend and you a husband and Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys. So sorry we couldn’t get home in time. Love to you all. Fred and June

  12. Lauri Rantz Stone says:

    Karen, Rick, Randy, Gary, and your families;

    I am so sorry to hear this news of Archie. He was a wonderful man, who loved his family, and with that brings you so many great memories. Keep them close in heart.
    I know how hard it is to say good bye, but knowing they are together with family and friends that have gone before them, and knowing there is no more pain or suffering, is comforting.
    Always remember…”To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die”…love each of you with all my heart…

    Keeping each of you in my thought’s and prayers,

  13. Kathy Arehart Luster says:

    So sorry to hear this. Prayers for healing and comfort. It is so hard to lose a parent. Kathy Arehart Luster

  14. Dick & Sharalyn Downing says:

    Karen & family,
    Our prayers are with all of you.
    Remember all the fun the 4 couples had golfing & lunch
    after. Many laughs ..
    Dick & Sharalyn

  15. Tonia and Josh says:

    Randy &April,
    So sorry for your loss. May god wrap his arms around you at this difficult time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers…
    Bless you…
    Tonia, Calvin and Josh Forney

  16. Dave & Rose Sibbersen says:

    Karen, so sorry to hear of your loss. I had a lot of good times with Archie. Love to you and your family.
    Dave & Rosie

  17. Karen Koehn says:

    Karen and Family……

    Please accept my sincere condolences during this difficult time. May God grant you strength and peace. Prayers to you all.

  18. Terry Learn says:

    Thoughts and prayers with your family. Archie was a wonderful co-worker that will be missed by so many.

  19. John Lidster says:

    I worked with Archie for 20 years. We had many good times in the old mill, I will miss him and think of him often,
    Our prayers go out to you and your family.

    John Lidster and family

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