TRAVERSE CITY — Mr. Al Smith, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully at his residence March 12, 2014, at the age of 87. Al was born Frank Allan Smith, in Leslie, to Frank Seth Smith and Vera Mae (Spangler) Smith Aug. 19, 1926.
Al was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Signal Corps in the Philippines and in General Douglas MacArthur’s parade band in occupied Japan.
He then worked for Dow Corning in Midland as an electrical engineer, attaining his professional certification from the University of Michigan.
After retiring Al moved his family to Traverse City to enjoy the Northern Michigan lifestyle.
Al was a musician at heart and was involved in music his entire life. He was an active member of the Epsilon Jazz Band as well as playing with many other local musicians. Most recently Al was preparing to play his 25th Rotary Show as a member of the band. He was also involved in Ham Radio for many years.
Al was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Harlan and Rollin.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia Ann (Parsons) Smith; daughter, Linda (James) Williams; sons, Michael (Nancy) Smith and Patrick (Cathy) Smith; grandchildren, Katie (Kyle) Green, Mark Williams, Jacen, Amanda, Melissa and Shelby Smith, Heidi, Beth, Tommy and Mae Mueller; and great-grandsons, Parker Weaver and Taylor Green.
A celebration of Al’s life will take place on Monday, March 17, 2014, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Memorials in Al’s name may be made to the Cherryland Humane Society.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories of Al.
The Smith family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.