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Dennis W. Smith

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Dennis Wayne Smith, age 75, of Gaylord, passed away, Friday, August 7, 2020.

He was born in Detroit on April 5, 1945, the son of Hollis and Charlotte (Farmer) Smith.

Dennis graduated from Laura Osborn High School in Detroit in 1964.  He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1965 and served 18 months in Vietnam’s Demilitarized Zone.  He was honorably discharged and soon after attended Lake Superior State University on a G.I. Bill.  He earned degrees in sociology and psychology.  Dennis later attended Michigan State University where he attained a master’s degree, with honors, in social work.

Dennis worked for Catholic Human Services for more than 14 years as a counselor and therapist.  He also worked 21 years for Munson Home Health Care as a medical social worker.

Dennis was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, and Marine Corps League.  He was a 35-year resident of Wilderness Valley.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Leonard Pierce.

He is survived by his brother, Gary (Linda) Smith; his sister, Doris Pierce; and his nieces and nephews,  Sheila (Kelly) Bowden, Steven (Makayla) Smith, Matthew Smith, Amy (Joseph) DiPinto, Debra (Curt) Norberg, Keith Guiney, and Allen (Megan) Guiney.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 14, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home, (135 N. Center Ave., Gaylord, MI), with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Family and friends will be required to comply with current COVID-related mandates.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego County Animal Shelter, 256 Fairview Road, Gaylord, MI 49735.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

4 comments on “Dennis W. Smith”

  1. Condolences to the Smith Family. I worked with Dennis at Catholic Human Services. I was the receptionist (in training) at that time. He was very helpful answered any question I had which was very nice, he took the time. He cared so much for all that came through for his classes and professional help. Dennis was stern when needed, but always listened to people and helped so many. There will never be another Dennis, dedicated he was.
    Rest in Peace friend.

    • Gary and Family, Sorry to hear about Dennis. We worked together in the 80’s. Dennis is in my prayers.
      Joseph Prebenda

      • Gary,
        Sorry for the loss of your brother, may the comfort and peace of GOD be with you during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.
        Todd & Jennifer Respecki

        • Marilyn Hotchkiss Waltsgott

          May he Rest In Peace 🙏. Thank you for your service and dedication to helping others. I will always smile when I remember the Smith brothers ❤️

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