Wayne John, Smith

  • Born: September 28, 1927
  • Died: July 20, 2017
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Wayne John Smith of Battle Creek, MI

Wayne, age 89, died Thursday evening, July 20, 2017 at his residence and with his loving family at his side.

Wayne, the son of Walter and Marion (Aber) Smith, was born in Battle Creek on September 28, 1927 and was a lifetime resident. He had been employed at Michigan Carton for 42 years. Wayne enjoyed baseball, football, fishing, but most of all, he enjoyed playing with the grandchildren and spending time with family.

Wayne was united in marriage to the "Love of his Life, " Ethel L. Miller on February 17, 1951 and together they shared 66 wonderful years. Also surviving is his son, Walter (Danielle) Smith of Battle Creek; daughter-in-law, Robin Smith of Battle Creek; sister-in-law, Patricia Smith of Battle Creek; nine grandchildren and twenty one great grandchildren. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ricky Allen Smith and two brothers, Walter and Howard Smith.

The Graveside Service to celebrate Wayne's life will be held on Friday, August 11th at 1:00 p.m. at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Battle Creek. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek is assisting Wayne's family with his arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Bless up

Posted by Michael Curry - San Diego, CA - Family   November 06, 2017

I did not personally know Mr. Smith, but I wanted to leave a message for his granddaughter Samantha. I know what it is like to lose a grandparent, as I was very close to my own grandmother who passed a few years ago. I am sending you my thoughts. I know we don't really know each other well, but I am always available if you need a shoulder to cry on or just need to talk. Take care and remember that your memories will always be alive if you keep them that way.

Posted by Veronica Tack - BATTLE CREEK, MI - Acquaintance   July 28, 2017

Dear Ethel and Walt, You may not remember me but I am Linda Morley.
When I was a kid we used to play softball in the street by your house. I remember all of you so very fondly and when I do I smile. It seems only a minute ago that we all knew each other.
Please accept my sincere heart-felt sympathy at Wayne's passing. Remembering you all in our prayers.
Peace, blessings and deepest sympathy.

Posted by Liinda Warren (Morley) - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   July 27, 2017

Ethel - This is Bev Stoner from 95 S. Cedar. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember when you and Wayne babysat me during the day while my parents worked in the summer time. Ethel used to get so angry when Rick and I would play monopoly because it always ended in an argument, ha ha. I remember Wayne coming home from work and sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of the TV. Another memory I have is that he loved to dip his cookies in his coffee in the morning. Please remember all of the happy memories. I will be praying for you.


Posted by Beverly Stoner-Russell - Battle Creek, MI - Neighbor   July 25, 2017