Reluis K. “Smitty” Smith

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Reluis K. “Smitty” Smith, 79, of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018, at his home.

He was born July 7, 1938, in Goreville, son of Vivian M. Smith and Fern (Hubbs) Smith. He married Audrey R. Schneider on April 1, 1977, in Kankakee and she survives in Michigan.

In addition to his wife of 40 years, he is also survived by four children: Richard Smith of California, Darrel M. Smith of California, Wayne Smith of California, and Michelle Perez of California; a stepson: Earl L. Schneider of Kalamazoo; four grandchildren; six sisters; four brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.

Reluis worked for General Motors for 34 years and later retired. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Paw Paw, Michigan.

Funeral Services for Reluis K. Smith will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia is honored to be of service to the Smith family.

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