Larry A. Smith 78 of Rockford died Thursday morning July 4, 2019, at Metron of Greenville. Larry was born on December 23, 1940, near Greenville, the son of Ray and Ida ( Deal) Smith. He graduated from Belding High School with the Class of 1959 and after graduation worked at the family farm for a few years. Leaving the farm, he began his career in construction trades. In 1975, Larry moved his family to Alaska and began working on the Tran-Alaska Pipeline and stayed on to its completion. His most notable work on the pipeline was working at Isabel Pass. Larry continued to live primarily in Anchorage, Alaska until his retirement. He worked as a construction superintendent on many projects primarily in Alaska, but also followed work opportunities around the country and the world. He had moved back to the Rockford/Greenville area about seven years ago. He was an accomplished private pilot, enjoyed NASCAR, motorcycles and other outside activities. His dog Gypsy was by his side since retirement. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Larry is survived by his wife Virginia, daughter; Trisha ( Ron ) Smith of Tumwater, WA, grandson Connor Smith, his siblings; Yvonne Taylor of Perkins, OK, Connie Warner of Rockford, Ron ( Colleen) Smith of Greenville, Joan( Keith ) Ledin of Sheridan and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Timmy in infancy.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding with Pastor Paul Hulford officiating. Committal prayers will follow at Ashley Cemetery, Grattan Township. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Montcalm County Community Mental Health Program, Metron of Greenville Activities Fund, or Barrie's Place.