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Robert Alan Smith, 68, a kind and gentle spirit, left this earthly home on November 27, 2018,  to abide in his Heavenly Father’s love for eternity.  He personified the fruits of the spirit, and lived out the teachings of Christ with a lifelong focus and goal of caring for the marginalized and needy in his community.  
He was a well-loved and spiritual man, who had a unique gift of always seeing the best in everyone.  He was the center of the universe to his wife, Lissa  and raised his children, Heather & April,  with love and patience.
He worked in sales and mechanical design  at State Supply Co. for 31 years, and eventually bought the company with partners  after 18 years. After retirement he was the Director of the Food Pantry at Christian Neighbors in Douglas.  He was on several boards, including the Park and Recreation Board in Saugatuck Township and the Christian Neighbors Board of Directors.
He was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Douglas, the Knights of Columbus, and was especially fond of the current Priest, Father Fabio, who administered Last Rites.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Hazel Smith;  father, Wayne Smith;  brother, Jim Smith; and two beloved dogs Jesse & Dickens.
He leaves behind wife and best friend, Lissa Smith; daughters, Heather Root and April & Brendan Nail; grandson, Abrahm Leach; brothers, Wayne & Angie Smith Jr., and Bill Smith; sisters, Faith & Rod Mottl, Patty Smith, and Mary & Don Parrot; best friends, Bill & Toni Alwin; and beloved dogs Steinee & Harree.
Per his request, no funeral or memorial will take place.  He asked  that his ashes be scattered in a beloved mountain range.  For those who loved him and his passion for helping the poor and marginalized, donations can be made to Christian Neighbors of Douglas.
To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Robert’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Lucinda Zamani on November 28, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I only knew Rob for a few months. Through his wife, Lissa, my dear friend, I was privileged to get to know him a little. In that short time, I experienced his kindness and generosity of spirit. He was already experiencing a decline in health, but still was willing to lend a helping hand as much as he could and be a friend. May he rest in peace.

  2. Paul Barscewski on November 29, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Were really sorry to hear about Rob. Were thinking of your family and send our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Marcia Streeter on November 29, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Heather, I am so sorry for your loss. What a nice story about your dad. Aww! Again, so sorry.

  4. Phil Drongowski on November 29, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Rob was a gentle, kind man. I never heard him say anything mean-spirited to, or about, anyone.
    I worked with Rob at Christian Neighbors every week. I am a habitual singer and as we worked Rob would hear me singing. I didnt realize it, but Rob was very knowledgable of Classic Rock music. He would often call out to me the name of the tune I was singing, or the name of the artist who made the song a hit, or he would say, Lissa likes that song, its in on her playlist. We had a lot of fun each Thursday with an impromptu Name That Tune session.
    I am going to miss this really sweet guy.

  5. Don & Dee Karaus on December 4, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I have known Rob and Lissa for many, many years through Christian Neighbors and St. Peter’s Church. I volunteered too at Christian Neighbors and enjoyed being around Rob. Also, Rob and Lissa would visit my fruit farm as well as walk the dogs by the farm. Rob was a very special caring person with a great smile. Our whole family will miss him. Our deepest sympathy to Lissa and family.

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