Terry Smit

Terry Lynn Smit

Saturday, March 15th, 1947 - Monday, July 20th, 2020
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Terry L. Smit
March 15, 1947 – July 20, 2020

On Monday morning, July 20, 2020, Terry met Jesus face to face. Terry, his brother, Keith Smit, and his cousin, Dan Jager, were owners of Peaceful Road Farms and Hopkins Elevator. Terry was a trusted animal nutritionist. In 2013, the sons of the partners, Paul Smit, Andy Smit, Dave Smit, John Smit, Nate Jager and Eric Jager took over the management of the farm and elevator, but the original partners still had an active role in both operations. Music was a great joy in Terry’s life. In 2001, he built The Big Rock Music Barn, which has been a blessing to many.

Terry is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, Amy Smit (daughter-in-law), Becky (Stan) VanderPol, Andy (Lisa) Smit and Emily (Kevin) Martin; siblings, Kathy (Ken) Klaasen, Sara Post, Keith (Deb) Smit, Julie (Stan) Alphenaar and Trudy (Phil) Eshuis; grandchildren, Zachary (Brittany) Smit, Devin Smit, Olivia Smit, Elaina Smit, Grace (Chan) Kim, Lucy (Reuben) Veen, Jonah Vander Pol, Silas Vander Pol, McKenna Black, Ethan Black, Ericka Black, Luke Martin, Blake Martin and Vivian Martin; great-grandchildren, Paul Smit, Ivy Smit, Thatcher Smit and Elias Kim.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Elleen Smit; son, Paul Smit; grandson, Dillon Black; and brother-in-law, Russ Post.

Memorial donations may be made in Terry’s name to At the Master’s Feet – Elevator Fund or Missionary Fund at 814 21st St., Otsego, Michigan, 49078.

Per Terry’s wishes, the family will be hosting a Celebration of Life at The Big Rock Music Barn on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM followed by a big supper held outside with tents, so that social distancing may be observed. Please join us as we celebrate Terry’s life and heavenly home. Gorden Funeral Residence is assisting the family with arrangements.
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  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, July 26th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, July 26th, 2020 3:00pm
    The Big Rock Music Barn
    Address Not Available
    Memorial donations may be made in Terry’s name to At the Master’s Feet – Elevator Fund or Missionary Fund at 814 21st St., Otsego, Michigan, 49078.
    Pastor Ray Brown
  • Interment

    East Martin Cemetery
    Go east of Martin to 8th STreet, turn north, 1 mil
    Martin, Michigan 49070
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Lynn Ann Washburn

Posted at 05:49pm
Terry he will be miss he was so very nice Lynn Dale, Georgia Washburn

Paula Taylor

Posted at 01:21am
Our condolences and to Jeanne and her family, Terry was loved by all who knew him, and he will be sadly missed. Our prayers go out to you all. Chuck & Paula Taylor

Stephanie Lewis

Posted at 10:53am
We were blessed to attend church with Terry and Jeanne when they were in Kentucky. We are a small congregation and everyone just fell in love with both of them. Terry was always smiling and encouraging and Jeanne always willing to play the piano when they were with us. We will hold all of Terry's family and friends in our prayers during this time.
God Bless,
Jeff and Stephanie Lewis

GreenMark Equipment

Posted at 02:12pm
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Mark & Doreen Gilson

Posted at 10:53am
So very sorry for your loss. Terry was a great guy. He will be missed by all.
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