ISHPEMING, MI. Gerald D. "Jerry" Smith, age 71 of 3800 Co. Rd 581, Ishpeming passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 11:45PM at the Marquette General Hospital in Marquette where he had been a patient since June 11th.
Jerry was born June 30, 1940 in Negaunee the son of the late Robert and Violet (Reichel) Smith. He grew up in Negaunee and was a graduate of the Negaunee High School, Class of 1958. Jerry worked for the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. first at the Pioneer Pellet Plant and then as a welder in the pit at the Tilden Mine retiring on June 30, 1999.
Jerry was a lifelong area resident and most enjoyed time spent at camp on Lake Michigamme in the summers, where he loved to go boating or swimming. Prior to having his camp, he and Doris enjoyed camping and traveling. Jerry was an avid Detroit Tigers Fan, catching every game he could on TV. Although he was not a mechanic by trade, he would always tinker with vehicles. Jerry also dabbled in many construction projects over the years, listen to country music and loved to cook. He will be remembered as a family man, with a keen interest in his grandchildren's activities and hobbies. Christmas was his favorite holiday as Jerry was always willing to give and ask for nothing in return.
Gerald D. ‘Jerry’ Smith
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Doris (Mariuzza) Smith of Ishpeming, a son Scott (Cathy) Smith of Ishpeming, a daughter Tammy (Don) Carello of Republic, 2 brothers Paul Smith of Negaunee and Michael "Mickey" (Bryn) Smith of Marquette. 2 grandchildren Todd Carello and Alyssa Smith, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son Todd Smith in 1985 and a brother Roland Smith in April of this year, and a sister-in-law Lynette Smith.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 4:30 6:30 pm on Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 6:30pm on Monday at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with the Rev. Fr. Greg Heikkala to officiate.
Jerry's obituary may also be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.