Mr. Thomas W. Smith, age 66, of Baldwin and formerly of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, surrounded by his loving family at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Tom was born in Traverse City and raised in Rockford, MI. He was preceded in death by his mother, Leota “Pat” Shears. Tom worked for Gust Construction until retirement in 2007. He was a loving, devoted husband of 48 years to Marcia (Palmer) Smith. They enjoyed doing many things together such as traveling on their Honda Goldwing all over the U.S., boating & snowmobiling all of which included their beloved Sheltie dog, Tapanga. In 2005 they purchased property up in Baldwin and this became the family home/campground known as the “Eagle Nest”. Tom was also the father of two daughters who recall their Dad’s steadfast commitment to his family and unconditional love. He is survived by his wife Marcia; children, Yvonne & Marshall Olson, Dawn Smith Cramer & her fiancé, Bernie Johnson; grandchildren, Terry II & Cassandra Cramer, Michael Cramer, Holly & Eric Almy, Shonna & Bronson Hayden, Christine & Jason York, Charles & Christen Olson, Daniel Olson & Michael Olson, and 8 great-grandchildren; 5 siblings, Sharon & Fred Shatz, Verna & Gene Ashley, Sandy & Derald Rhineberger, Gayle & George Hawley, Bill & Susie LaFollette. Services for Mr. Smith will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Resurrection LifeChurch 3233 10 Mile NE, Rockford with brother-in-law Pastor Derald Rhineberger officiating. Donations may be made for the needs of the family. Visitation will be at the Pederson Funeral Home on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.
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