Smith, Paul V., Merrill, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at his home following a 12-year battle with cancer. Age 74 years. The son of the late Frank and Goldie (Bolester) Smith, Paul was born February 11, 1936 in Saginaw, Michigan. He served three years in the U.S. Army and eight years in the U.S. Air Force and was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post #7302. Paul married Gwendolyn K. Orchard who predeceased him. He then married Joan VanWormer on May 11, 2001. She survives him. Paul was employed at General Motors for 32 years until his retirement. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merrill and was a member of Knights of Columbus Council #4232. Paul was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed going to the grandchildren’s sporting events. Surviving besides his wife Joan are one daughter, Deborah and Rick Rhodes, Burt; a brother, James and Elizabeth Smith, Saginaw; a sister, Lynn and Charlie Newton, Midland, Texas; six step-children, Cindy and John Chapman, Julie and Tim Moran, Vickie Dawe and her special friend Ken Sherlock, Lori VanWormer, Kimberly and Brent Foor, Matthew and Cara VanWormer; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers, Charlotte Knapp, DeWain and Douglas Smith. Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merrill, Michigan. Rev. Fr. Prentice Tipton will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery where military honors will be presented by V.F.W. Post #7302. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council #4232 will pray the Rosary at 3:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, V.N.A./Hospice: Partners in Caring or the charity of their choice.