Claude “Bud” Smith

Claude (Bud) Smith, 76 years old, passed away from heart failure in his home on Friday, November 16, 2018 after a long struggle with heart related issues.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sharon, their 4 children, Cindy Kirsten (Bill), Debbie Mason (Tom), Nick Smith (Jen) & Robert Smith (Heather) & 7 grandchildren, Jacob, Luke, Tyler, Ally, Dylan, Wiley & Ella.

Bud grew up in Wayne, MI and graduated from Wayne Memorial High school.  After high school he served 4 years in the Army and upon his return from service he attended and graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. He worked for 31 years with the U.S. Treasury.  Upon his retirement he moved north to Gaylord, MI with his loving wife, and he loved it here until the day he died.

He was a loving husband and father who would do anything for his family.  He loved fishing, bowling and hunting.  He often reminisced on the memories of hunting with his sons Robert and Nick.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, November 24 at 11:00 am at St. Mary Cathedral with a visitation beginning at 10:00 am.  A rosary will begin at 10:45.  He will be laid to rest in the spring at Big Bay cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association, through the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49735.


  1. Jessica DeFeyter November 17, 2018 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Sharon l am so sorry! You were both always so nice to me and my family! He will be missed.

  2. Don & Bonnie Murray November 18, 2018 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family.
    Don & Bonnie Murray

  3. Al and Connie Schopp November 18, 2018 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Oh my God, we were so surprised. We truly loved Bud. He has been a friend for so many years. God bless the whole family.

  4. Cindee Polena November 19, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

    So sorry to read this this morning. Praying for all of you.

    Love, Bob & Cindee & Sarah

  5. Dan & Karen Perras November 19, 2018 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Our heartfelt sympathy to the family and especially to Rob and Nick. Your family has shared many fond memories with Chad and Bridget growing up.
    Prayers for comfort and peace as you reflect on all the wonderful love and memories.

  6. Chad Perras November 19, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Mrs. Smith and family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in knowing Mr. Smith is resting next to our heavenly father. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Chad Perras

  7. Karen Blakely November 28, 2018 at 10:44 am - Reply

    I’d like to extend my personal condolences to you and your family on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.

  8. Kathleen Sobocinski November 29, 2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Sharon, so sorry to hear of Bud’s passing. You were great neighbors & I always enjoyed visiting with you both. Thoughts & prayers to you & yours during this difficult time. Kathy (Davis) Sobocinski

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