Vernon Smith



GREENVILLE – Vernon James Smith, 69, Howard City, passed away Saturday June 29th at his home in Howard City, Michigan.  He was born September 17, 1943 in Central Lake, MI.  The son of Willet S. and Zora Smith.  Vern started and operated Vern’s Wooden Nickel in Sand Lake for many years.  He is survived by wife Pamela, sons Kurt (Shelly) Smith, Glen (Veronica) Smith and daughter Kimberly (Dennis) Moline, brother Willet J (Jane) Smith and sisters Dixie (Gary) Fifield and Tracy VandenBrink and eight grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Victoria and son Harvey Smith.

A Memorial service is planned for Monday July 8th at the Heckman-Mohnke Funeral Home in Howard City, MI including a visitation/gathering starting at 11 a.m. with a Memorial service at 12 p.m. and a luncheon following at the Howard City VFW hall.  The family would like to thank Great Lakes Caring Hospice and all who so freely gave of themselves with love, caring, comfort and prayers during Vern’s long battle with heart disease and cancer. Arrangements are by the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville, with complete obituary online at where you can leave a message of condolence for the family.

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