Jeffry Smith

January 13, 1952 ~ April 4, 2019 (age 67)

Jeffry Bond “Smitty” Smith, 67, of Cheboygan, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019 at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

A resident of the area for the past 2 ½ years, moving from Marquette, Jeff was born January 13, 1952 in St. Angelo, Texas, the son of William Floyd and Johnnie Myrl (Bond).    He found joy in living, foremost being his family.  In life, he was an outdoorsman, a black smith, and a woodworker.  Jeff was employed as a facilities and operations manager at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, and also was a member of the NMU employees union, AFSCME #1094 under council 25 of Marquette, serving his union members well by holding various offices throughout his 40 year employment with the university.  He also had a great love and support for public radio, which soothed his cowboy heart.

Surviving is his wife, Mary, a son, Dylan, two brothers, Kelly (Joanie) Smith of Florida, and Brad (Sheryl) Smith, of Pennsylvania, and several nieces and nephews.          

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Matthew.

A celebration of Jeff’s life will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 11:30am, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cheboygan, with a luncheon to follow at Pier 33 beginning at 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Interlochen Public Radio.

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The Nordman-Christian Funeral Home is caring for the family.

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