Danny Ray Smith, 41, of Kingsley, died peacefully Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. He was born June 28, 1976 in Portland, Oregon, to Frankie and Deborah Smith.
Danny resided in Kingsley, the hometown he grew up in and a graduated from in 1995.
On Feb. 15, 2010 he married his soulmate and best friend, Jodi Smith, in Kingsley.
Danny was liked by so many with his witty sense of humor and huge heart! He loved to boat, hunt, fish, camp, passionately talk politics, watch documentaries, listen to news radio and tell stories to no end! He loved to listen to Paul Harvey and spew out random facts. Everyone is going to miss his intentionally silly grammar such as "gooder," "warsher machine" and ridiculous sayings about frogs or checkbooks. He playfully picked on people around him and gave them loving names.
He felt privileged to teach the kids how to shoot their first gun, drive a car, play in the mud and love football. He couldn't stress the Smith family philosophy to the kids enough, "Don't lie, don't cheat, don't steal, work hard for yourself and harder for your family!" He built his company, Total Automotive Solutions, on this philosophy of honesty, respect and integrity.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frankie Ray Smith; maternal grandparents; and paternal grandmother.
He is survived by his wife, Jodi; his adored children, James (13) and Jesse (11); loving stepchildren, Ashlee (17), Alex (20) and Andrew (22); his doting and devoted mother, Debbie; friend and "seester," Christina; nieces and nephews, Lucy, Lilly, Ally and Parker; and paternal uncles and aunts, Ben, Bill, Diane and Glenda.
He was the life of the party and the heart of the family; his smile, laugh, honesty and smart-aleck comments will be missed beyond words.
In accordance to Danny's wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Kingsley High School at 11 a.m., with a small luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to the family are requested.
Published on September 20, 2017