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 Carl M. Smith

Carl M. Smith

Birth
Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan, USA
Death 10 Apr 2016 (aged 89)
Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 161003964 · View Source
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Carl M. Smart
U.S. Veteran
Carl M. Smart On Sunday, April l0, 2016, while he was surrounded with family and friends, Carl Mervin Smart went home to be with the Lord.

Carl was born on January 27, 1927 to Ada McGruthier Smart and James Dirk Smart. He was the third of six children. He spent his early childhood in the Fort Street area of the Soo. When he was 5 years old, they moved to the family farm on Three Mile Road, where he helped his father farm through his high school years. He also drove truck for his father's company, James D. Smart & Sons, hauling cattle to the slaughterhouses in Detroit. He had many tales to tell about his trucking days.

Carl graduated at 16 from Sault High School in 1943. He then lied about his age, and was accepted into U.S. Army Air force and served our country in Schwienfurt, Germany. He served with a P61 squadron in World War II, flying a Black Widow Bomber.

About 25 years later he was blessed to return to the very city where he had been stationed because his son-in-law and daughter were stationed there in 1970 with the U.S. Army. He thoroughly enjoyed returning and seeing how beautiful the county had become after the war. Upon discharge from the Air Force, he married "little Dorothy Young" on July 24, 1948. They made their home in Dafter next to his best buddy, Milton Hembroff and his wife Faye and Merlin Atkins and his late wife May.

For several years, he worked at Gamble Robinson driving truck and delivering groceries and produce to the local store owners in the U.P. and northern lower Michigan. In l953, he went to work for Ted Caffey Chevrolet selling cars. He was one of the original "Four Horsemen", which included, Ross Immoson, Al Bourgound, Leo Paquette and himself. Ed Duskie was later added to the group, when Al Bourgond left Caffey Chevrolet. They were quite the gang! Carl retired from the same sales job in l989. By that time, it had been, not only Caffey Chevrolet, but Ross Roe Motors and finally, Sadler Motors. .After a few months of retirement, he decided he wanted some part time work to keep him out of Dorothy's hair, so he went to work doing maintenance at Brimley State Park. He loved driving the tractor and grading the beach every morning along with cutting endless miles of grass. Perhaps it reminded him of his farming days, but he sure loved it. In 1962 he and Dorothy had built a new home in Smart's Subdivision, on property just off Three Mile Road, which was part of his father's original farm. They lived there until the middle 80's when they bought a home on the water in Brimley, which he said was his "little piece of heaven, with the very best water on earth".

Both Carl and Dorothy were active members in the First Presbyterian Church, while they lived in the Soo. He served as Elder, Deacon, usher as well as a session member during those years. After they moved to Brimley, it was harder to get to town during the winter, so they attended Brimley Congregational Church, where they met many old and new friends who were such a blessing in their later years. Rod Case, their pastor was a regular at their Brimley home. He was a life member in the Brimley VFW, Elks and Brimley Lions Club. Carl is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy Young Smart, his daughter, Patricia Champlin (husband, Bruce), and his son, John Carl Smart (wife, Terri) all of the Soo. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Kellee Champlin Brown (husband, Mike) of Rochester Hills, Mi., Lacie Hejnal (husband, Tim) of Lake City Mi., twin brothers, Matthew Smart (Katie) Dayton, Ohio, and Nicholas Smart (fiancee Crystal), of the Soo and Megan Smart, of Dayton,Ohio. He was also blessed with 5 great grandchildren, Andrew Brown, Ava Brown, Eli Hejnal, Audreigh Hejnal and Charleigh Heljal, as well as a new great grandson to be born in July. He is also survived by Delores Young Panks, Dorothy's twin sister, age 89, living in Oregon, and Mildred Walker, age 98, living in Georgia, brothers in law, Bob Wilson, Cliff Perron, and many nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brothers, Wayne Smart, Keith Smart, sisters, Dorothy Hill, Marion Wilson, and Sylvia Perron, brothers-in-law, Gerald Panks, Basil Wilson, Stan Young, Karl Crubbs, Stewart Young,& Stan Stinellis, sisters-in-law, Ruth Stinellis, Betty Wilson, Marqurite Grubbs, Mary Young, Caroline Young, and nephew Mike Young.

His family always says he never met a stranger. No matter where he traveled he always ran into one of his previous customers. He could even tell you the make, model of the car they had bought and where they lived. He loved visiting with friends and talking about cars and airplanes. He shared his war stories with anyone who would listen.

In January of this year he and Dorothy moved into McKinley Manor where they found many old and new friends to visit. We wish to say a special thank you to the nurses, aids and volunteers who were so close to our father in the last months of life. Also, thank you to the Hospice Workers who helped us make his last days more comfortable and happier. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, 555 Bingham Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at noon, officiating will be Pastor Rod Case. A luncheon will follow the funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Chippewa County. Arrangements are in the care of Hovie Funeral Home.


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