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Erwin Lester Smith, 91, of Corunna, formerly of Sand Lake, passed away at Memorial Healthcare on Sunday, August 29, 2021. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, 650 W. South St. Owosso. Pastor Donald Fields will officiate, and burial will follow in Pine Tree Cemetery in Corunna. The Smith family received friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Erwin was born on December 24, 1929, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the late Fred and Olivia (Backus) Smith. After high school he served his country faithfully in the United States Army during the Korean War, and on July 5, 1952, he married Sarah Louise Larkin and together they raised five children. Erwin graduated from Davenport College with a degree in accounting; he spent most of his working career at General Motors. He was very proud of the fact that he grew up on a farm, he loved to tend to his garden and spend time outdoors. He loved spending time with his family and going out to eat, especially for breakfast. Erwin is survived by his children, Sharon (Randy) Jensen, of Owosso, Christine Allen, of Henderson, and Stephen (Karen) Smith, of St. Augustine, FL; his 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; his brother, Kenneth (Lois) Smith, and his sisters, Lorna (Richard) Holbrook, and Lorraine Pratt, and his son in-law, Dwayne Nixon. He was predeceased by his wife, Sarah in 2009; his son, John, in 2013; his daughter, Karen Nixon in 2019 and his brother, Leslie Smith. Memorial contributions in Erwin’s name are suggested to the Calvary Baptist Church. Online condolences can be shared at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com.

Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Owosso

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