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Merle Edward Smith

August 31, 1928 November 26, 2013
Merle Edward Smith
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Obituary for Merle Edward Smith

Dr. Merle Edward Smith, PH.D, 85 of Oxford, Michigan passed away Tuesday,
November 26, 2013 at his residence with his loving family at his side.
He was born August 31, 1928 to Oliver and Alzilida (Eakley) Smith in Toledo, Ohio.

He is survived by the love of his life, Jean M. (nee: Todd) Smith, whom he married on July 26, 1952. Surviving are his children; Kathy Barry, Nancy Mars, Thomas Smith, Carol (Robert) Roughton and Janice (Mike) Davis. Merle is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; also four nephews and their families.

Preceded in death by his son James Smith, 1 grandchild, 1 great grandchild, his sister Mary Ellen (nee: Smith) Cowell, his brother-in-law Ellwood Cowell and 1 niece.

Merle was a great humanitarian. He spent his life giving his time selflessly to various service organizations within his community. No task was too big or too small and he gave whole heartedly to these organizations including but not limited to Pontiac Civitan Club, FISH, Baldwin Shelter and Parkinson Support Group. He worked at Pontiac Schools as a child psychologist and psychological counselor.

He loved his family, nature and had many special memories of fishing trips with his best friends, Graham Andrews, Ray Lord and his family. He was known as the “Fruitcake King” within the Civitan Club.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Pontiac Civitan Club and the Michigan Parkinson Association.

Special Thanks to the community of Oxford, the entire staff of Heartland Hospice and the Right at Home Caregivers.

Arrangements for cremation entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Oxford.

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