Russell James Smith, 96, of Laingsburg, formerly of Bath, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Russell was born on June 10, 1924 in Bath, to the late Mervin and Sarah (Dolton) Smith. He graduated from James Couzens Agricultural High School (now known as Bath High School) in May 1941. He served our country, honorably, in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a Motor Machinist's Mate 3C SV6. Russell married the love of his life, Arlene (Robinson) Smith on February 19, 1943. They were married for almost 54 years when she preceded him in death on December 21, 1996. He retired in 1980 from General Motors, as a tool and die maker and he and Arlene moved to Ruskin, FL and then moved back to Michigan in early 1996. Russell enjoyed woodcarving, fishing, and drinking beer with his brother-in-law, Dean.
He married Pauline "Peg" Green in December 1997, who preceded him in death on January 26, 2015.
Russell is survived by his 3 daughters, Sandra Martin, Diane Rodman, and Sally Bondy, his son and daughter-in-law, Russell (Deb) James Smith, Jr., and two step-daughters, Nancy (Thomas) Mohr and Linda Massey, his sister, Vivian Lenz, 11 grand children, 26 great grand children, and 10 great great grandchildren.
Additionally, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Verl, Arlington, Gordon, Howard, and Mervin Louis, Jr., son-in-law, Jim Bondy, son-in-law Joe Martin, step-son, Russell Green, and great grandson, Joshua Miller.
A graveside memorial will take place at a later date.
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