Forrest Lavern Smith, age 95, of Pickford, Michigan, died in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, while his wife of 71 years was holding his hand. Forrest was born May 5, 1916 in Pickford, Michigan, the son of Raymond Sylvester Smith and Jane “Jennie” Aikens (Moore) Smith.
A lifelong Pickford resident, Forrest owned and operated a dairy farm for 35 years. During that time, he also operated a sawmill and logging business. In 1971, after selling his farm, he launched a new career in real estate which he continued for 25 years, retiring at the age of 80.
Forrest was a Charter Member of the Pickford New Horizons Church of the Nazarene where he served as Sunday school superintendent for more than 40 years. He was also a member of Gideons International and Farm Bureau.
Forrest enjoyed reading, playing games, outdoor recreation, snowmobiling, hunting, and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren.
Forrest is survived by his wife, Violet Catherine (McConkey) Smith whom he married August 10, 1940 in Stirlingville, Michigan; three sons, James Raymond (Mary) Smith of Lansing, Michigan, Fred Leroy (Christine) Smith of Sault Ste. Marie, and Robert Lavern “Bob” (Marie) Smith of Sault Ste. Marie; grandchildren, Christopher Smith, Justin (Jackie) Smith, Brig Smith, Amethyst Smith, Amanda Smith, Jessica Smith, and Sarah Smith; and great grandchildren, Kai Smith and Sienna Smith.
Forrest was preceded in death by two sisters, Meryl Smith LaMothe and Stella Smith; one brother, Ivan Smith; and one grandson, Jason Smith.
Visitation will be held Sunday, October 2 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Reamer Galer Funeral Home, 24549 S. M-129 in Pickford.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 3 at 11:00 A.M. at New Horizons Church of the Nazarene, 401 N. M-129 in Pickford. There will be visitation Monday at the church beginning at 10:00 A.M.
Burial will be in Cottle Cemetery in Marquette Township, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Horizons Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 156, Pickford, MI 49774 or Gideons International, 12025 Haylake Road, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.reamergalerfuneralhome.com.