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Louis Max Smith

July 13, 1942 - July 24, 2017
Muskegon, MI

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Visitations


Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Clock Life Story Funeral Homes
Muskegon Location
1469 Peck St.
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 722-3721
Driving Directions

Thursday, July 27, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Laketon Bethel Reformed Church
1568 W Giles Road
Muskegon, MI 49445

Services


Thursday, July 27, 2017
11:00 AM EDT
Laketon Bethel Reformed Church
1568 W Giles Road
Muskegon, MI 49445

Contributions


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Harbor Hospice Foundation
1050 W. Western Avenue STE 400
Muskegon, MI 49441
Web Site

American Cancer Society, W. Michigan Area Service Ctr.
129 Jefferson Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 364-6121
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Flowers


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Chalet Floral
700 W. Hackley Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 755-1805
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Louis Smith was a very loving husband and father. With an easy going personality, he made countless friends over the years, yet his greatest joy in life was his relationship with his family. A man of strong family values, he treasured traditional meal times, attending church on Sundays, and vacationing to their Stoney Lake cottage over the years. His immeasurable kindness, fun loving ways, and gentle spirit will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Louis’ story began during a time that was marked by WWII. Families in the United States were experiencing a gas rationing of only three gallons a week and a new breed of movies with war themes were hatching. Bing Crosby’s most popular song of all time, "White Christmas" first appeared in the movie, "Holiday Inn” and the Alaska highway had finished completion. During the years of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fred and Sylvia (Stewart) Smith were pleased to announce the birth of their son, Louis, in Muskegon, Michigan on July 13, 1942. Born the sixth out of ten children, his birth brought much joy and promise in an era of great change.

Born to a set of hardworking parents, his father worked at Continental Motors and moved their growing family to Shelby to establish a farm to feed their family. Each of children pitched in to help milk the cows, pick cherries and asparagus, as well as help their mother can tomatoes. Their large family farm became the respite for their city cousins who enjoyed coming to experience both work and play! Typical of most children of the time, Louis walked two miles to his one room schoolhouse in Shelby. Social by nature, Louis made friends easily and many of the special relationships from those years lasted well into his adulthood. As a teen, he dabbled in football until he broke his collarbone and his life took a different path where he was actively involved with the Mask and Bauble theater program as well as both marching and pep band. Reflecting on those years, Louis was accustomed to meager times and held fond memories of receiving apples or oranges in his stocking at Christmas time. No matter how scarce money was, it was the importance of family gatherings at the farm that always held a special place in his heart. Louis always came back for each Christmas and looked forward to adding to the special memories made there.

Graduating with the Class of 1960, he went on to higher education with both Muskegon Community College and Western Michigan University. While a senior in High School, he met a lovely freshman that would steal his heart, Carol Satterlee. The two of them dated for six months, but it wasn’t the perfect timing and therefore they parted ways. Seven years later, while at Stoney Lake Bar, they reunited. Not wanting to waste any time, they were married one year later on June 1, 1968. Together they raised two wonderful children, Victoria and Nathan. Eager to be closer to the lake he loved, Louis and Carol moved their family back to Louis’ early childhood hometown of Muskegon. As a father, he was always calm and attentive. He was never one to dole out punishment or discipline as he never liked to see his children hurt. Instead, he treasured reading aloud to them as children and supporting them in their various activities in their formative years. During these years, he savored taking them to his favorite Michigan beaches including the beautiful Upper Peninsula as well as countless hours of water skiing on Stoney Lake while staying at their cottage. Family traditions were important to him and they never missed an opportunity to sit down together and eat as a family around the table or join together on Friday nights for pizza and the latest Dallas or Falcon Crest episode, or snack on Sunday night popcorn! A man of great routine, each and every New Year’s Eve they’d sit down to a steak dinner! Louis took wonderful care of his family. He taught them the values of being independent, taking good care of themselves, and spending quality time together.

A good provider, Louis worked many years as a purchasing agent for Breneman Inc. before following his dream of working in the arts. For a remarkable thirty-five years, he worked as the business manager for the well known Blue Lake Fine Art Camp. It was here that he relished in his artistic talents of singing and also spending time with numerous talented artists over the years. Carol and the kids would often also work there in the summer months where as a family they enjoyed many special memories. Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp was his second home and he was very proud of his work there. He always saved some extra time each summer for his family to go on memorable vacations. Just like a scene right out of National Lampoon’s vacation, once they planned a trip to the amusement park, Great America, but by the time they arrived, it was nearly closing time, so they ventured up to The House on the Rock, a nearby tourist attraction and had a marvelous time! There certainly was never a dull moment with Louis.

Officially retiring in 2015 afforded Louis time to tinker in his favorite hobbies. He loved to create unique floral arrangements, make candles, work on Mosiac projects, dabble in painting classes and a secret activity that no one knows except family. He also did his fair share of traveling around many charming and beautiful areas such as Gulf Shores, Alabama, Florida, Arizona, and Hawaii. His most memorable time was a very special trip with his grandchildren to Ireland for sixteen fabulous days! Known to still connect with his high school buddies and his special Army buddy, Eddie, from Canton, Ohio, Louis valued each relationship in his life. Retirement also created more time to connect with the grandchildren he adored. Known as the beach Grandpa, he never passed on an opportunity to walk the pier or attend any of their sporting events or special celebrations. He truly was their number one fan and they had won his heart over! Surprisingly, Louis also had an adventurous side where he once rode the popular Disney tourist attraction, the Tower of Terror just to see the thrill on their faces! They treasured his delicious, mouth watering blueberry pancakes and listening to his funny stories. Nothing brought him greater joy than to share in their laughter. Taken too soon, Louis leaves behind a rich legacy of being a light to so many. His humble, funny, and compassionate ways will forever be etched on the hearts of the countless lives he touched over the years.

Mr. Louis Max Smith, age 75, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017. Drafted during the Vietnam War, he proudly served as a radio teletype operator for the US Army while stationed in Giessen, Germany. Louis was an active member of Christ Community Congregational Church and a Board member and participant in the White Lake Festival Choir. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Carol; his children, Victoria (Matthew) Baker, Nathan (Michelle) Smith; grandchildren, Derek Baker, Megan Baker, Liam Smith, Olivia Smith; siblings, Shirley (Roger) Schultz, Linda Tanner, David (Patti) Smith; brother-in-law, Douglas (Lois) Satterlee; many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Fred Smith, Ted Smith, Larry Smith, Wanda Zoulek, Denny Smith, and Nancy Workman. A service is planned for Thursday, July 27, 2017, 11 am at Laketon Bethel Reformed Church with Rev. Ben Jansen officiating and Military Honors under the Auspices of the Muskegon County Council of Veterans. Interment in Laketon Township Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, 6-8 pm at Clock Funeral Home in Muskegon and one hour prior to the service at Laketon Bethel Reformed Church. Memorial donations may be made to Harbor Hospice Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

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