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Duane L. Smith

Duane passed away, Friday, December 22, 2023, at his home in Kalamazoo.

He was born March 7, 1959, in Ypsilanti, the son of Daniel and Florence (Shepherd) Smith. Duane proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked at Hayworth, Perrigo and several other area businesses as a forklift operator.

He was a member of the Dorr American Legion and enjoyed discussing world events. Duane wasn’t afraid to voice his opinion on politics or any other subject. He liked taking the back roads, hunting, trips to the casino, traveling up north to Irons and attending the truck and car show in St. Ignace. Duane was a loyal Green Bay Packers and U of M fan. He loved spending time with his family and his dogs. On July 10, 2021 he married Becky Brenner who survives.

Also surviving are his step-sons, Brandon Herp of Oshtemo, Chad Brenner of Otsego and Jason (Jennifer) Brenner of Otsego; grandchildren, Christopher, Donavan and Makayla; 6 siblings and their spouses, Glenn, Daniel, Ronda, Wade, Kim and Mark Smith along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Kathleen Herp-Smith.

Friends may visit with Duane’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Friday, December 29, 2023, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Ray Brown officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Duane may be made to the

American Cancer Society

or the Kalamazoo Humane Society.

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Jennifer Brenner

December 23, 2023 at 4:07 pm

We always gave each other crap but you know I loved you very much. You were very kind yet often too opinionated but you spoke the truth even if it hurt to hear it. You made Becky so happy and we thank you for that! Rest high on that mountain for work on earth is done. ❣️


Alton Morgan

December 23, 2023 at 8:01 pm

Dearest Becky and Brandon, We send our love to you both at this very sad time. Never forget the memories and may they bring you comfort. Let us know if you need anything. I shall miss you, my brother.


Michaun herp

December 23, 2023 at 8:24 pm

My deepest condolences to his wife Becky Brenner and cuz Branden herp and family


Sandra Smith Yax

December 24, 2023 at 11:46 am

I am sorry to hear that Duane lost his battle with cancer. My sincere condolences to the family. I’m sorry I will not be able to be there.


Mary S Harris

December 24, 2023 at 6:48 pm

Sorry foryour loss.. Praayers go out to you and your family


Jim and Marge Grabowski

December 29, 2023 at 3:19 pm

Becky. I’m so sorry for your loss of Duane. May he RIP. Love you cousin


Angela Houghton

January 2, 2024 at 11:05 pm

Dear Becky and family. So sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. So thankful that you two came to the class reunion. Take care of yourself.


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