Dale Smith

  • Born: January 8, 1925
  • Died: May 27, 2020
  • Location: Zeeland, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464

Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dale Smith, 95, of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 27, 2020.

Dale was born January 8, 1925, in Monterey Center, Michigan, to Miles and Ethel (McDermott) Smith. After graduating from Hopkins High School, he served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Dale returned home from the war and married Erna Oster in 1949. They moved from Hopkins and lived most of their life in Zeeland. Dale worked at Mead Johnson for 38 years before retiring. He was the oldest member of Zion Lutheran Church. Dale enjoyed watching sports of all kinds and especially coaching the church men's and women's softball teams. He found great enjoyment in gardening and lawncare. Dale was preceded in death by two sons, Doyle Smith and Bradley Smith, his son-in-law John McCormack, brothers: Milton (Lucretia) Smith, Hap (Joan) Smith; sisters: Bea (Arby) Button, Gladys (Levi) Knobloch, and many in-laws.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years: Erna, their children: Ronda McCormack, Jymm (Judy) Smith, Brenda (Mark) Schout, Karen (Kelly) Van Koevering; grandchildren: Patti (Patrick) Klemmet, John (Lisa) McCormack, Luke Hackney, Andrew (Katie) Schout, Erin Schout, Kaleigh Schout, Kyle (Tiffanie) Van Koevering, Alex Van Koevering, Maxton (Karly) Van Koevering; five great-grandchildren, sister Ardith (Lee) Long, sisters-in-law: Irma Wamhoff, Gladys Schultz, Betty Nolting, and many extended family and friends.

A family graveside service will be held in Zeeland Cemetery. Arrangements by the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Brenda & Karen
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I have great memories of him growing up on Wall Street. I was always fascinated by his Navy tattoo! (Probably the first one I had ever seen!)
Prayers for your family!
Beth (VanDenBosch) Kiekintveld

Posted by BETH A KIEKINTVELD - Neighbor   June 02, 2020

So very many memories on Wall Street! We were connected in a very close way. The good times and the sad times remembering Doyle's tragedy and looking over the crib at your little special brother. Between Engles and Vandenboschs and more we were quite the gang. I have pictures of all of us having a picnic - those were the days. Our deepest sympathy in your loss of your dad. Cherish all the memories....

Posted by Sue Blauwkamp Lesky - Neighbor   June 02, 2020

Deepest Sympathy to your family! I went to Sunday school with Ronda and Doyle. Your father and mother were always so kind and friendly!

Posted by Rick & Anna Horn - Acquaintance   May 30, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have many fond memories of Uncle Dale and all of you in the Smith family that will continue to live on. God Bless

Posted by Scott Tarno - Family   May 29, 2020

My sympathy to you Brenda in the passing of your father. I know you have been very involved in his life and care these last years so I hope this brings you peace. But still difficult to lose a parent. Prayer and care sent your way.

Posted by Carla Lokers - Friend   May 29, 2020


Sad to see you go Uncle Dale, miss the times you came to North Dakota to visit.. Loved my times in Michigan as they will always be in my memories. Best to you Aunt Erna and everyone as you are in our thoughts at this time! Bill & Kathy Tarno and rest of Tarno Family.

Posted by bill tarno - JAMESTOWN, ND - Family   May 28, 2020

Sympathies to the entire family.Take cate of each other.

Posted by Tom DEKKER - Holland, MI   May 28, 2020

So Sorry!!!
Praying God will wrap His loving arms around each of you and give you His Strength and Comfort.

Posted by Linda & Fritz Spreitzer - Allegan, MI - Family   May 28, 2020

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