Timothy Harold Smith was born on November 3, 1957, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was the son of Lawrence Wilford and Shirley Marie (Dietrich) Smith. Timothy moved to Monroe, Michigan when he was in elementary school and graduated from Monroe High School with the class of 1976.
Timothy was an avid bowler and spent much of his adult life participating in several leagues – sometimes 3 at one time. He loved the outdoors and was a member of the Monroe Rod and Gun Club, but he especially loved to fish whenever he could. In his free time, he enjoyed watching television and one could rarely enter his place without the channel being on one of the old classic reruns of Gunsmoke, Andy Griffith or MASH. As an overall sports enthusiast, Timothy would watch anything, but especially loved to cheer on his beloved Detroit Tigers and the Michigan Wolverines whenever they played. Above anything though, Timothy loved spending time with his son and his family. In fact, to show his support for them, he would often be seen sporting gear of the colleges his nieces and nephews attended, especially baseball hats, which he collected.
Timothy was a quiet person who never complained about anything and took life as it was handed to him with great patience and grace. He was friendly and welcoming to everyone, always had a smile on his face and never missed an opportunity to tease. Timothy was always generous with the little he had and although he was not a wealthy man, he would offer his last dollar to help someone in need. He was a kind man with a gentle, caring soul.
Timothy Smith, age 64, of Monroe, passed away at 1:55pm on Friday; January 7, 2022, at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Monroe with his sister by his side while under the wonderful care of the staff who loved him like their own. His passing was preceded by his father; a brother: Jack Smith; his grandparents; his stepfather: Eugene Doty; and one stepsister: Rosanne Brezden.
To cherish his memory, he leaves his son: Jeffrey Smith of Jackson, Michigan; his mother: Shirley Doty of Monroe, Michigan; five siblings: Christine (John) Antonelli of Monroe, Carol (Doug) Brink of Sutherlin, Oregon, Kathy (Timothy) Farnham of Troy, Michigan, Nancy (Daniel) Crock of Martin, Michigan, and Daniel (Nancy) Smith of Lakeland, Florida; his former spouse and best friend: Jill Ann Smith of Jackson, Michigan; stepmother: Lois Smith of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may gather on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. A Celebration of His Life, led by Pastor Roy Southerland, will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 11:00 am, also at Merkle’s. Procession will follow to St. Joseph Cemetery in Monroe for burial. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to either Wellspring Lutheran Services or Marian Place both in Monroe, Michigan.
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