Saturday, February 6, 2021

 Robert E. Smith

Robert Enoch Smith of Fowlerville, better known as Bob, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2021.

Bob turned 101 years old on December 27, 2020!

Bob was born to Temple and Julia Smith in his family’s farmhouse. He achieved many accomplishments in his life.

The short list is working on his family farm that he owned after his father died. He then was married and started a family. He served as the Senior Legislative Counsel for Michigan Farm Bureau for 28 years before retiring and was known as “a legislative whirlwind.” Prior to that he was an officer for the Livingston County Farm Bureau and then Michigan Farm Bureau.

Bob was a member of the Livingston Intermediate School District’s board of education for 35 years, with 27 of them as the president. He also served on the Blue Cross Blue Shield board and the SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) board.

In his younger years, he served as the supervisor for Handy Township and was a member of the Fowlerville Fair Board. In addition, Bob was a life member and Past Master of Fowlerville Masonic Lodge #164, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fowlerville, and belonged to the Fowlerville Rotary Club.

Bob enjoyed public speaking, social events, dancing, music, and chocolate. Every morning he would say, “It’s going to be a great day.”

He is survived by his daughter, Julie Miller, and his granddaughters, Kati Venturato and Angie Venturato. He was preceded in death by his parents, Temple and Julia Smith; his wife of 65 years, Joan; and his daughter, Connie Venturato.

The visitation took place at Herrmann Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, prior to the service. Funeral services began at 12 noon, with Pastor Tom Tarpley officiating. The Fowlerville Masonic Lodge conducted a special service at 12:45 p.m. Burial followed at the Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville.

Memorial donations can be made to: the FFA, Fowlerville Masonic Lodge #164, Fowlerville First United Methodist Church, the Order of the Eastern Stars, or The Guest House of Fowlerville.

Arrangements were handled by Herrmann Funeral Home of Fowlerville.

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