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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.

Condolence Messages

  1. Connie and Dave Varner

    03 January 2019 3 years ago

    Cathy and family, so sorry for your loss. I had the great privilege of knowing Gene from LaPorte and working in the same building at Dow. BUT the most important he played at our wedding 34 years old. Prayers and hugs Cathy and thank God for the wonderful 10 years you had with Gene. He will be dearly missed.


    02 January 2019 3 years ago

    Gene also played in the band “Norm & His Polka Pals” in which my dad was also in. a few years ago I had the privilege to do a show at Hopevale with him and His brother Ken Smith. Very wonderful and talented gentlemen. I last sang with him this summer at Barton Woods assisted living in Freeland, MI. He would stop by after visiting his sister and lend wonderful harmonies to songs. Rest In Peace my friend.

  3. Matthew Murray

    01 January 2019 3 years ago

    I am a sorry to hear about the loss of your dearest Eugene. My mom new the family. I wanted to share a comforting thought found in God’s word at Revelation 21:3,4. I hope that your family finds this text comforting as it did me and my family.

  4. Sandra Barnes-Budrick

    01 January 2019 3 years ago

    Warm and loving thoughts to your family. Gene’s love for life, family, friends and neighbors were monumental. He will be missed dearly.

  5. Karen Jewell Berry

    27 December 2018 3 years ago

    So sorry for your loss. May God be with you in this time of need. I loved listening to Gene in his many bands when he would come to the Trailside Senior Center. I am sure he is playing his music in Heaven.

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