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Melvin Smart

1932 - 2013

Melvin Wayne Smart, age 81 of Gaylord,
passed away September 27, 2013.

He was born May 15, 1932 in Mansfield, Missouri
to Claude and Minnie (Fleming) Smart.

Mel Served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Paratrooper.
He was a Sergeant with the 6th Airbome Division. On January 29, 1955 he married
Lucille Mary Schlaud at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lapeer.
Following his retirement in 1994 as an Over-the-Road Trucker, he and Lucy traveled
49 of the 50 states in the U.S. and 7 Canadian Provinces.

Mel is survived by:
his wife, Lucy;
8 children, Thomas (Tami) Smart of Posen, Claudia (Robert) Paschke of Rogers City,
Patricia (Terry) Schellie of Alpena, John (Jean) Smart of California,
Johanna (Kevin) Misiak of Lake Orion,
Robert “Pete” (Shelly) Smart of California,
David (DeeDee) Smart of Nevada, and
Jennifer Molski of Gaylord;
15 grandchildren, Robert Jr., Gregory (Sarah), Mark, Nicole (Brady), Nathan,
Christopher (Judy), Tyler, Jacob, Shelby, Justin, Matthew, Zachary,
Ianna, CJ, and Beck; and
1 great grandson, Max.

Private family visitation and military honors will take place at the
Beck Funeral Home in Rogers City.

Scattering of his ashes will take place at a later date over the 50th state, Hawaii.

Memorials may be given to the Smart family.

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Melvin Smart – Beck Funeral Home – Rogers City, MI