Michael A. Smith

Thursday, June 25, 2020
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Michael A Smith, age 61, of Glendive passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at his Home in Glendive.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Silha Funeral Home in Glendive with Todd and Heather Eckert officiating. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with arrangements.

The man. The myth. The legend. Michael A. Smith at age 61 set off on his adventure to his big fishing hole in the sky on June 20, 2020 after a courageous battle with ALS.

Mike was born in Huntington Park, Calif. on July 10, 1958 to Robert Smith and Sarah Anne (Weber) Ford. He resided in Hawthorne, Calif. While in California at the age of five Mike was often escorted back home by the police after being caught on the pier fishing. At age 12 he moved to Kanorado, Kan. with his parents and siblings. He graduated from Goodland High School in 1977. He married Sue King in 1984. From that union came four children Steven, Sean, Samuel and Miranda. They divorced in 1999. In 2003 he moved to Glendive to work in the oilfield industry, where he unexpectedly met the love of his life and soul mate, Lora Beeler, on an early morning visit to CC’s Café where she was a waitress. After marrying Lora, 10 years later, on September 8, 2012 Mike gained two more sons, Josh & Trevon Schriver.

If you knew Mike at all you would know that the morning sun rarely rose before he had started his daily routine. His greatest words of wisdom often flowed with his morning coffee. Some of Mike’s most common words of wisdom to his friends and family were paint the horse the color it is, pull the dripper, can’t buy experience, hey there stud, it is what it is and we are in this together. Mike did not take fashion advice from anyone. His signature look consisted of a white t-shirt with the old fashion pocket where he would store his chew, some elastic cotton shorts and of course the hey dude shoes. From the moment he met you he would automatically assign you a nickname. He was one of the greatest story tellers of all time. He could tell you the same story a dozen times and it would never get old. The thing that excited Mike most was fishing of all kinds whether they were biting or not. It was not about the catch but about the memories on the water. He would often tell everybody that it was his form of therapy. Over the course of his life he held various occupations. Mike loved music and was a drummer in a band and had a DJ service. He enjoyed farming and ranching where he gained a lifetime of friendships. He owned a hardware store and welding shop. His most recent occupation was working as a wireline engineer for MS Energy for 16 years. Retired in November of 2018 after being diagnosed with ALS.

Proceeded in death by his parents, Robert Smith and Sarah Anne Ford; sister, Vickie Bohling; father-in-law, Darrell King; mother-in-law, Peggy King; father-in-law, John Beeler; sister-in-law, Beth Beeler; and granddaughter, Kaileigh Sphar.

He is survived by his wife, Lora Smith; children, Miranda (Tucker) Olsen and children Madison, Kaizen, Summer and Bennelli of Goodland, Kan., Sam (Kristina) Smith and children Aschton and Kasante of North Platte, Neb., Steven (Shasta) Smith and children Dakota, Jailiegh, Madelyn, Chloe and Sean Smith of Bartley, Neb., Josh (Julie) Schriver and children Easton, Cooper and Grayson of Glendive and Trevon (Heather) Schriver and children Carley and James of Great Falls; sisters, Debbie (Mitch) Fahey and Noah of Kanorado, Kan., Nikki (Josh) Hauggard and children Patience and Venni of Ellsworth, Kan.; great-granddaughter, Marley of Xenia, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.