Smith, John A.
John Arnold Smith passed away unexpectedly May 3, 2018 at his residence. John was born July 23, 1940 in Big Rapids, Michigan, the son of Raymond and Barbara (Schrock) Smith. Originally from Wayland, John lived in Lake Odessa for many years before retiring to the Middleville area. A veteran, John proudly served his country in the United States Army. John was a dedicated employee of the United States Postal Service for over thirty years. He spent his free time, woodworking, reading, coin collecting, gardening, and listening to his favorite blue grass music. John enjoyed taking antiquing trips to Shipshewana and loved going to Mackinaw City. Most of all, John was a true family man who loved to spend time with his wife, children, and especially his grandchildren. John is survived by his loving wife, Shirley (Oberg) Smith; a daughter: Christy (Tim) Tape; grandsons: Darrin (Becca) Tape and Nick (Alyssa) Tape; great grandchildren: Kash Tape and Jordan Tape; a step-grandson: Maddox Greenfield; a brother: Steve Smith; sisters: Suzanne Smith and Jill Dykehouse, and several nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son: Garrick Smith; and a daughter: Paula Smith. According to his wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be conducted at a later date this summer. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for John’s family.