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Charles Douglas Smith

Died: Monday, October 27, 2008
Age: 88
Charles Douglas Smith, 88, of Berlin Township, died Monday evening October 27, 2008 at Port Huron Hospital after a year-long illness.

He was born November 16, 1919 in Berlin Township, the son of the late Mervin and Grace (Dyson) Smith, on the family farm.

Charles had attended the former Lockbridge Country School and was a 1938 Almont High School graduate.

His marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Beaudette was July 3, 1943 in Ann Arbor during WWII.

Charles was a lifelong Berlin Township farmer and was a member of the Michigan Milk Producers Association, Capac Masonic Forest Lodge #142, Capac Men’s Bowling League, Berlin Township Sportsman’s Club, Capac Baseball League, Eastern Michigan Vegetable Market and Michigan Farm Bureau. He had earned the nickname “Smokey” as a baseball league pitcher in his younger years. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Surviving in addition to his wife Betty of 65 years are three daughters and two sons-in-law, Donna Lasak of Munising, Connie and Rick Edger of St. Simons Island, GA, and Bonnie and Allan Wilke of Owens Cross Roads, AL; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Grace Elliot of Birmingham, AL; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jerry Lasak (2007) and brothers, Floyd, Calvin, Robert, James, and Perry and sisters, Florence Dodge and Lydia and Gwendolyn Smith in infancy.

His family honors the memory of Charles and invites you to visit and share Thursday 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Capac. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday with 10:00 a.m. visiting.

Burial will be in West Berlin Cemetery, Berlin Township.

Memorials are suggested to the Capac Little League or American heart Association.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Ben and Beau Edgar, Joe Laska and Ethan Wilke, nephew, Calvin Smith Jr, and good friend and neighbor Joe Montney.
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