August 19, 2021, 50, La Grange –
Michael David Nelson Smith, 50, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Michael was born in Otero County, Colorado to the late Larry Dean Smith and Wilamina Dittemore Schindler on November 8, 1970. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Abigail Smith; and grandparents, Jerry Dittemore, Emily Pauley, Ruthie and Johnny Smith, and Nadine and Leroy Schindler.
Alongside his mother, stepfather, and siblings, Michael spent many wonderful moments enjoying the abundance of God’s creation. Growing up near the Arkansas River, he lived for the thrill of whitewater rafting. With a natural sense for adventure and a general lack of fear, he believed that the rougher the water, the better. Fishing along the banks of the river or hunting for whatever was in season were pastimes that were equally important and enjoyable, as each event meant one more opportunity to spend with family.
A little more than seventeen years ago, Michael met the love of his life, the person who completed him, and the woman he would soon call his wife. Though starting their first conversation with perhaps the cheesiest pick-up line ever, a spark ignited that has grown and continues to shine bright to this day. As the two became one, they recognized that all they ever wanted and needed was found in their relationship with each other and the family they created.
With a spirit of generosity, Michael went out of his way to assist those in need. Always putting others before himself, he was honored to go without if it meant he could help someone else. His big-hearted tendencies fell hand-in-hand with his honesty and sense of humor to make Michael someone who was both looked up to and admired.
There was no greater love in Michael’s life than that for his family. From tight relationships with his parents and siblings to the strong bonds with his wife and children, he believed family was the greatest gift that one could ever attain. His children were his true treasure, and he ensured that each one of them knew of his love for them.
A service to celebrate and remember Michael’s life will be held at a later date at Peace Lutheran Church, Goldsboro.
Left to cherish Michael’s memory are his wife, Misti Smith; children, Jerry, Emily, Onnalee, and Lily; parents, David and Wilamina Schindler; siblings, Matt Schindler and wife, Julie, Aaron Schindler and wife, Stephanie, Missy Evans and husband, Ryan, and Donna Eddy and husband Chris; maternal grandmother, Norma Dittemore; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.