Eugene R. Smith, 80, of Hope, passed away on December 24, 2018 at Mid-Michigan Medical Center. He was born on April 11, 1938 to the late Roy and Emily (Anger) Smith. He first married Mary Ellen Wade (Smith), and then later married Cathy (Tucker) and they shared 10 wonderful years together.
Gene worked at Dow Chemical in the instrument department for 39 years and retired in 1995. He was involved in the community giving his time on the Midland County Planning Commission for 18 years, Hope Township Supervisor for 13 years and the Midland County Road Commission for 18 years. Gene loved music for which he played string, accordian and piano instruments. He was a band member of Townsman for 25 years, Corsairs, Drifters and Saginaw Valley Boys. Along with his love of music he liked Polka dancing and hunting. Gene was an avid bowler and is in the Midland Bowling Hall of Fame.
Gene is survived by his wife, Cathy, sons; Terry (Jamie) Smith, Tim Smith, Josh (Caro) Short, and Waylon Short, grandchildren; Tanner (Jordan Bowland) Smith, Taylor Smith, Sydnee Short, and Laenie Short He is also survived by in-laws Doran Bethke, Marlene Smith, Anthony (Tony) Tucker, Kurt Tucker, Sharon Scott, Maria (Paul) Pretzer, mother-in-law Susie Tucker and ex-wife, Mary Ellen (Wade) Smith.
Gene was predeceased by his brothers and sisters Nora Huebner, Ira Smith, Eleanor Donaldson, Geraldine Bethke, Ken Smith, and Ronald Smith.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick R. Poag officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home from 4-7 pm and on Thursday from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at Hope Township Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hope Methodist Church.