Craig B. “Corky” Smith

Craig B. “Corky” Smith, 85, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at his home in Gaylord, MI. He was born on July 16, 1930 at Geddes, South Dakota to Jesse and Louise (Ballard) Smith.

The family left South Dakota in 1940 and lived in Indiana and Michigan, settling in Kalamazoo County Michigan in 1946. Craig graduated from Galesburg High School in 1948. He served 4 years in the United States Air Force, honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1954. He married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Darrow in 1951 at the Galesburg Methodist Church.

He is survived by Darlene and their three sons Brad (Brenda) Smith of Gladwin; Brian (Debbie) Smith of Stephenson and Bruce (Kim) Smith of Gaylord; five grandchildren: Craig, James, Steven, Hannah and Nathan; four great grandchildren: Valentine, Aiden, Liberty and Tyler. He is also survived by his brother Duane (Jean) Smith of Laingsburg; sister Carolyn (Don) Roberts of Battle Creek, MI and Lakeland, FL. He is predeceased by his brother, Ledward (Roberta) Smith of Bronson.

Craig retired from the Department of Natural Resources where he served for 30 years as a Conservation Officer and Administrator of Land and Water Laws. He retired at Roscommon in 1984 and returned to Gladwin where he had been stationed earlier. He managed the Gladwin City Park for seven months each year and he and Darlene spent five months each year at Gulf Shores, Alabama and Sebring, FL.

Craig was particularly proud of organizing and serving as charter president of the Roscommon-Higgins Lake Lions Club in 1974. The club has served the community for over 40 years.

He continued his interest in service clubs, being an active member of the Gladwin Kiwanis Club while living there. He served as Commander of the AmVets Post #29 Drum and Bugle Corps while stationed at Mt. Clemens as a Conservation Officer. The Corps defended its national champion status at New York City, Miami Beach and Philadelphia.

He was always very grateful for the many opportunities to travel and the interesting employment he had. He was a patriot, a strong supporter of our military, traditional values, and the worth of oneself. He and Darlene’s pride in family was always their guiding light and reason for being.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place and Memorial Services will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, 11 a.m. at Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home, Gladwin, MI. The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. His final resting place will be Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI. Those wishing to send an expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers are asked to consider Hospice of Michigan, 830 S. Otsego Avenue, Gaylord, MI 49735.

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