Michael Charles Smith, 64, of Palmetto, Fla., and formerly of Tiffin, passed away Monday morning, April 15, 2013 in Bradenton, Fla.
He was born Feb. 16, 1949, in Fostoria, to Victor C. Sr.. and Rita (Frankart) Smith. Feb. 28, 1993, he married Mary (Myers) (Clark) Smith, and she survives in Country Lakes 1, Palmetto, Fla.
Also surviving are two sons, Christopher "Chris" (Lynn) Smith and Anthony "Tony" (Amanda) Smith, both of Tiffin; two daughters, Dea (Cory) Nye of New Riegel and Laurie (John) Orndorff of Virginia; four brothers, Vic (Jean) Smith Jr. of Tiffin, Gerry Smith of Sandy, Utah, Kevin (Roxanne) Smith of Zionsville, Ind., and Steven (Leslie) Smith of Republic; one sister, Mary (Daniel) Reimer of Tiffin; 11 grandchildren, Brandi Crowl, Brennan Nye, Logan Clark, Jason Smith, Cody Nye, Collin Smith, Havic Smith, Riot Smith, Jochua Nasser, Kaylup Nasser and Tyler Nasser; and a great-granddaughter, Breanna Nasser.
Preceding him in death were his parents and an infant brother, Robert.
Michael graduated in 1967 from Calvert High school and retired from Atlas Crankshaft in 1997 and was co-founder of Smitty's Custom Automotive until he retired; then his son, Chris became owner. Mike and his wife, Mary, then moved to Palmetto. Mike was an avid car collector and had a '56 black Chevy station wagon and later he and Mary had a '63 Chevy Nova. He also had a collector '84 Chevy Silverado truck and drove it regularly.
A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass.
Friends may visit and share stories 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2013, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883, (419) 447-2424. A Christian Wake Service will begin at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Michael C. Smith Memorial Fund. An annual car show and fundraiser will be at a later date, with donations going to Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Foundation.
If you are coming to the funeral, please bring your classic car and join in Mike's final ride of his journey. Mike will be driven by his son, Tony, in his '56 Chevy station wagon and his wife, Mary, will be in their '63 Chevy Nova, owned by Tim Kinn.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.