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Paul Goodwin Smith passed into the loving hands of our Lord Friday January 6th 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. Paul was born in Victory Township on October 8th 1925 to Orton Aurlius Smith and Teckla Johanna Olive Larson.

He was named after Paul in the Bible by his Aunt Minnie Frick. Paul attended Diamond School and as a youth worked on his family’s farm, in his own words

“I was born in the Township of Victory in 1925 and worked through the depression. I helped Mom and Dad, and planted the crops, I helped Dad with the animals, until Uncle Sam came calling and I was drafted in December of 1943. So I went off the farm and onto a ship. The Navy placed me on the USS LSM 134 and I went to the South Pacific to fight. Three years passed (it was January 1946) and I came home from the service. I was able to buy a tractor and thought it was time to settle down.”

Paul was a member at the VFW, volunteered at the Senior Center, enjoyed Fishing, Playing cards, and pool at the Senior Center and had many friends and family who will greatly miss his love, laugh and sense of humor.

He was married to Marilyn Grace Shue on Oct 9, 1948, and they had 5 children. In 1955 he went to work for Great Lakes Casting Company where he worked for 32 years, retiring in 1987 and honored as an Iron Master.

Paul was married on October 15th 1976 to Donna Ellen Shaw Petersen; she was the love of his life, friend, companion and caregiver. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Ludington.

He was preceded in death by his parents Orton and Teckla Smith, 2 brothers, Otis Cornelius Smith and Harold Albert Smith, 1 sister, Marie Strader, grandson Michael Paul Smith, and his friend and Father in Law Earl Shaw.

Paul is survived by His Loving wife Donna of 29 years, 5 children, Donald Paul (Vicki) Smith of Kalamazoo, Janice Marie (Ed) Quinn of Scottville, Beverly Helen (Scott) Hooker of Big Rapids, Joanne Grace(John) Bromley of Ludington, Larry Goodwin(Lynn) Smith of Grand Rapids, 3 step children David (Sherry) Petersen of Ludington, Diane (Russell) Sheren of Ludington and Daryl Petersen of Lake Havasu, Arizona. 3 brothers, Giles Orton Smith,Francis Alvin Smith, Charles Leroy Smith, and 1 sister, Iva Mae Figgins, 23 Grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and many cousins and nieces and nephews,

Visitation will be held at Dorrell Funeral Home in Ludington Monday January 9th 2006 from 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 PM. Funeral Services will be officiated by Pastor Leslie Lew and held at Dorrell Funeral Home on Tuesday January 10th at 12 Noon. Afterwards a processional will escort Paul to the Chapel at Lakeview Cemetery where the service will conclude with full Military honors. There will be a luncheon at the Cornerstone Baptist Church immediately after the service.


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