Michael William Smith, 65, Bainbridge, passed away in an accident Friday, Nov. 23, 2018.
Michael was born Nov. 11, 1953 in Greencastle.
He attended Greencastle schools until enlisting in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Mike returned home from the war and continued a life of service. Mike was a member of the Bainbridge Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, acting as chief for over a decade.
Mike was also a Bainbridge town councilman and was the council president for a term.
Mike was employed as a truck driver in the early ’80s and then worked as a commercial HVAC installer for Vasey for more than 25 years.
Mike was also employed by DePauw University as a plant mechanical supervisor. Mike was looking forward to retiring at the end of this year to spend even more time with his family.
Michael married Pam Nov. 20, 1981 in a small ceremony at Clinton Falls Community Church, and his wife survives.
They raised a daughter, Rachael (Shane) Thomas, Greencastle, and a son, Shawn (Sarah) Smith, Danville, all surviving. Michael’s greatest joy was his five grandchildren, Cauy, Erin, Trace, Claire and Max.
Mike and Pam spent their evenings and weekends traveling to truck pulls, wrestling matches, football and soccer games, swim meets and dance recitals.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda Louise (Boswell) Davis, and two sisters. He is survived by his mother and father-in-law, Tom and Marcia Miller, Clinton Falls; brothers-in-law Gregory (Pam) Miller, Jeffrey (Abby) Miller, Douglas (Deborah) Miller and Daniel (Yvonne) Miller, several nieces and nephews, and brothers and sisters Paul L. Smith Jr., Cedrick F. Smith, Robert D. Smith, Cami S. Lady, Kathy L. Davis and Peggy S. Davis.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, Greencastle.
Services will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, Greencastle, with Rev. Mindy Huffman officiating. Burial will follow in Clinton Falls Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials contributions may be made to Doc and Dorsey Page endowment for fire safety training, at their webpage https://www.pcfoundation.org/fund_DocDorseyPage.htm. The family also asks that you do something nice for someone else like Mike would have.