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Henry H. Smith - Principal
B.A. Central Michigan University
M.A. University of Michigan
Circa 1964 - 1965

2007 Sixties Reunion

Henry H. Smith, age 86, of Lapeer and formerly of Gaylord, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008.

Henry was born July 1, 1921 in Washington, Ind., to Carl and Susan (Axtell) Smith. He married Helena Mae Vining Oct. 30, 1943 in Flint. He proudly served his country in the US Army in the 126th AA Gun Battalion in the European Theatre during World War II. He was a member of the F&AM of Gaylord for 60 years and the Kiwanis Club in Gaylord. Henry was principal of Gaylord Community Schools from 1951 to 1964, and was principal for Lapeer West High School from 1965 to 1983, when he retired. He was a volunteer at Lapeer Hospital since 1983. While he lived in Gaylord he served on city council from 1963 to 1965, and as mayor pro tem in 1965.

Henry is survived by his children, Michael (Lynn) Smith of National City, Mark (Debbie) Smith of Jackson, Cheri (Dennis) Powell of Gowen and Deborah J. Smith of Lapeer; grandchildren, Kim Smith, Bobbie Smith, Denny (Kari) Powell, Amy (Tom) Cox; great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Krica, Alex and T.J.; sister, Catherine Jones of Connecticut; brother, Robert (Mary Alice) Smith of Illinois; sister-in-law, Agnes Ginger of Lapeer and Joyce Prosch of Davison; and several nieces and nephews. Henry is also survived by dear friend and co-worker, Marion. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helena Smith, on Dec. 31, 2006; son, Paul Smith; grandson, Chuck Smith; parents, Carl and Susan Smith; siblings, Carl Smith, Marjorie Blackledge, Virginia Clute, Horace Smith, and two infants.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008 at 11 a.m., at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer, Lay Ecclesial Minister Mark M. Smith officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, 5-8 p.m. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lapeer.

Memorials may be made to the Physical Medicine Department at Lapeer Regional Medical Center.

"Dear Friends, 
      Our father, Henry Smith, passed away this afternoon in Lapeer of heart disease. His passing was quick and he was comfortable and at peace. We would appreciate it if you would help provide the following information to our many friends in Gaylord and elsewhere. 
      There will be a viewing at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer on Wednesday, January 9, from 5 to 8 pm. The funeral will be Thursday, January 10, at 11 am, also at Muir Brothers. Burial will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lapeer following the service. Muir Brothers is located at 1021 South Main Street (M-24), Lapeer, MI 48446. Their telephone number is (810) 664-8111.
     Dad requested that we celebrate his life on this occasion. The family will conduct the service by relating stories and anecdotes describing our > upbringing by this remarkable man and his lifelong partner, our mother. We would greatly appreciate hearing any stories from his students and friends that we could share with others at that time.
      He fully enjoyed two fulfilling careers, education and volunteer work. Participating in the education of over 10,000 young people gave him great satisfaction, and in retirement he found further enjoyment helping people during difficult times as a volunteer at the local hospital. In lieu of  flowers he would be deeply touched by memorial donations in his name to the Physical Medicine Department at the Lapeer Regional Medical Center; details can be obtained from Muir Brothers Funeral Home."

Mike and Lynn Smith - January 5, 2008