He was born April 17, 1920 in Henry County, Ohio, to Ralph and Hazel (Engel) Smith. He married Grace L. Watters on July 26, 1942 and she preceded him in death Feb. 1, 1997.
Charles was a lifelong Morenci area resident. He graduated from Morenci High School in 1938 and retired from Kewaunee Scientific Manufacturing in Adrian, Mich., in 1982 with more than 40 years of service. He was a member of the Blissfield Baptist Church, and a life member of the Morenci Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed gardening and vacationing at the family cabin near Houghton Lake, and had a love for dogs.
Charles is survived by three sons, Thomas (and Betsey) Smith, John Smith and James Smith, all of Morenci; two grandchildren, Monica Smith of Temperance, Mich., and Michelle (and Richard) Stevens of Morenci; three great-grandchildren, James, Wyatt and Zachary, and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, LeRoy Smith.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Pastor James Yatzek officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Lenawee County Humane Society.