About Smith Family Funeral Home
Smith Family Funeral Home – Staff
For nearly a century, the Smith family has been a fixture in providing funeral and cremation services in the Port Huron area. The family business was begun in 1919 by Arthur E. Smith who also served many years as coroner for St. Clair County. Arthur B. Smith joined his father in 1943, and he also served the area as county coroner. In 1964 Arthur C. Smith received his license and joined the family business along with his father and grandfather.
In June of 1997 Arthur C. Smith and his son, fourth generation Michael D. Smith, took over the family business. Today, Smith Family Funeral Home continues the long-standing tradition of providing the Port Huron area with dedicated and personal service. Smith Family Funeral Home is a member of both the Michigan Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
1525 Hancock St.
Port Huron, MI 48060
1230 Seventh St.
Port Huron, MI 48060
Arthur C. Smith
Licensed Funeral Director/Pre-planning
Art was born in Port Huron, graduated from Port Huron High School in 1958, Albion College in 1962, and Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1963. He is a third generation funeral director and has been licensed since 1964. As a member of both the National Funeral Directors Assn. and Michigan Funeral Directors Assn, Art is a former MFDA board member.
Art is a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Kiwanis Club of Blue Water Area, (and former President) Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame board, Port Huron Golf Club, (former board member) Robinson Memorial Tennis Tournament committee, Blue Water Audubon, Michigan Seniors Golf Assn., St. Andrews Society of Detroit, and Clan Cochrane. He is a former member of the Port Huron Hospital Board, Salvation Army Advisory Board, St. Clair County Community College Foundation Board, and in 1972 was the recipient of the Port Huron Jaycees’ “Young Man of the Year” award.
Art’s interests include tennis, golf, running, and birding. He received three letters in tennis from both Port Huron High School and Albion College. He has the distinction of being the only participant who has played in every Francis Robinson Memorial Tennis Tournament since it’s inception in 1958. He played many years in the Port Huron Slo Ball League and has run hundreds of road races including six Detroit Free Press marathons and five Boston marathons.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Art co-owned and operated several Little Caesars Pizza stores, and in 1990, he received Little Caesars national “Marketeer of the Year” award.
Art lives in Port Huron with his wife of over 48 years, the former Susie Boerre. They have three children, Stephen Smith, Michael Smith, and Sarah Markovic, six grandchildren, Margaret, Robert, Casey, Carly, Nicholas, and Alexander; and their current English Springer Spaniel, Molly.
Michael D. Smith
Licensed Funeral DirectorMike graduated from Port Huron Northern High School in 1986. He then graduated from Wayne State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science. He is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and the Michigan Embalmers Society.
He and his family are members of Holy Trinity Parish’s St. Stephen Catholic Church in Port Huron Township, where he also lectors. Michael is a past president and current member of the Rotary Club of Port Huron, past president and current member of the Port Huron Business Association, member of the St. Clair County Community College Foundation Board, Lake Huron Medical Center Board of Trustees, Lake Huron Medical Center Strategic Planning Committee, and the Knights of Columbus Immaculata Council 8274, and a past member of the Port Huron Hospital Foundation Board. He lives in Port Huron Township with his wife, Donna, and 2 children, Margaret Anne and Robert Arthur.
He enjoys playing hockey, golfing, and hunting. Mike is a 4th generation funeral director in the Smith family. His great-grandfather, who founded Arthur Smith Funeral Home in 1919, was Arthur E. Smith. His grandfather, Arthur B. Smith, was a Funeral Director, and his father, Arthur C. Smith is a Funeral Director and Prearrangement Specialist. From 1981 until 1997 both funeral homes were sold to a corporate funeral provider.
Mike and Arthur C. purchased the funeral business back in 1997. Today both funeral homes are simply known as Smith Family Funeral Home.
Licensed Funeral DirectorKyle is a 2018 graduate of Wayne State University’s Bachelor of Mortuary Science program. Kyle Joined Smith Family Funeral Home shortly after graduation. His recent exposure to new and updated funeral service education and past years of experience in funeral service bring a whole new offering to families that Smith Family Funeral Home will continue to serve in the Bluewater Area. Kyle is passionate about helping others and finds funeral service as a great way to reach out and do so to the communities we serve. As funeral service continues to evolve over the years, the fresh, new, and inviting ideas Kyle brings to the profession, will help to make us stronger leaders in funeral service. Every day we will strive to help our families transition easier through the difficult times they may face.
Bruce E. Lindke
Licensed Funeral Director
Bruce began working for the Smith Family Funeral Home in 1964 as a funeral assistant and ambulance attendant after graduation from Port Huron High School. He then graduated from the former Port Huron Junior College and later from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. After passing the National Board of Examiners Mortuary Science Examination and the State of Michigan written and oral board examinations he received his Michigan Funeral Director’s License. He is a member of the National and Michigan Funeral Directors Associations and the Michigan Embalmers Society. Bruce also served as the Under Sheriff for St. Clair County for over 20 years. Bruce has worked for all 4 generations of the Smith Family.
He and his wife Merlene have two children Laura and Jon, and two grandchildren, Calvin and Katherine. Bruce and Merlene reside in Marysville.
Jenifer O'Neill RobertsJenifer O’Neill Roberts, born and raised in Northern Michigan, grew up in the funeral home business giving her the chance to learn all aspects of funeral service. She takes great pride in working with families and has been with Smith Family Funeral Home since 2007.
Jenifer loves to spend time with her family and participate in anything outdoors. She lives in Port Huron with her daughter.
Susan Smith was born in Port Huron and has lived most of her life there. She graduated from Port Huron High School in 1960 and attended Port Huron Jr. College’s practical nursing program. As a licensed practical nurse she worked at Lake Huron Medical Center as a surgical nurse in obstetrics and surgery. In 1963 she married Arthur C. Smith. They began their life together raising their family over the past 50 plus years. They have enjoyed many special times with their three wonderful children and six grandchildren.
Sue is a member of Grace Episcopal Church and, for the past 40 years, has been a member of the altar guild at church. In 2015 she was elected to the church vestry. She is a long-time member and past president of the Port Huron Garden Club and continues to volunteer at Mid-City Nutrition, Lake Huron Medical Center, and the Port Huron Museum. Years ago she coached youth soccer, served as a Brownie and Cub Scout leader.
Sue has worked at the YMCA for 40 years as a fitness instructor, including 5 years at the YMCA in Corpus Christi, Texas. The past 30 years she served as a coordinator of the Body Recall lifetime fitness program. She enjoys running, tennis, golf, gardening, dancing, and working out with her Body Recall friends at the YMCA.
Robert E. Moak
Bob graduated from Port Huron High School in 1957, which was the first class to graduate from the new high school. He attended Michigan State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. Upon graduation, he entered the Army and reached the rank of First Lieutenant. Bob worked at the family business Moak Machine & Foundry Co. as General Manager, Vice President & Owner.
Bob has been involved in the following community activities: Board of Directors Port Huron Hospital, Board of Directors St. Clair County Community College Foundation, Board of Directors Port Huron Yacht Club, Board of Directors NBD bank, Chairman of Manufacturing Committee United Way, Director of Business and Professional Committee Port Huron Hospital, Commodore of Port Huron Yacht Club.
Bob has been president of the St. Clair County Community College Foundation, Port Huron Marysville Chamber of Commerce, Blue Water Council Boy Scouts of America, and Pine River Hunt Club.
Bob lives in Fort Gratiot with his wife Julie of 53 years. They have two children, Virginia and Robert Jr.
Bob’s family has a long connection to the area having settled in Port Huron in 1832, and certified as a Sesquicentennial family (been in Michigan for over 150 years). Bob enjoys sailing, having raced for over fifty years, and has completed 26 Mackinaw races. Bob also enjoys bird hunting with his English Setter companion, Shirley.
Pat graduated from warren High School in 1962, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and a Master of guidance Counseling degree from Central Michigan University.
He retired from the Port Huron Area School District in 1997 after 30 years of education. He and his wife, Mary Gale, have three children, Michael and Timothy McPharlin and Elizabeth “Besty” Selepack.
Pat enjoys his family and grandchildren, hunting, camping and travel. He has worked with the Smith Family Funeral Home since 1998.
Although professionally trained in commercial art and interior design, Stewart enjoys most, his history as a professional limousine/funeral coach driver since 1994 with his families limousine service and as the funeral coach driver for Smith Family Funeral Home.
He takes great pride in participating in the celebration of each life and feels privileged to be entrusted to transport your loved ones to their final resting place.
Edwin J. Priemer
Ed has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Oakland University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He currently serves as Board Chairperson for both the Community Mental Health Authority Board and the Thumb Alliance Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan.
Ed is a member of First Congregational Church of Port Huron where and has served in a various capacities including Moderator, Treasurer, Executive Board and the Board of Trustees. Ed has over 10 years in funeral service.
Diane is a graduate of Port Huron Northern High School, St. Clair County Community College, Patricia Stevens Career College (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and attended the University of Wisconsin.
Diane is employed full time as Administrative Manager and Financial Secretary of First Congregational Church of Port Huron since 1995. Early in her career she served as Collection and Foreclosure Manager with Mortgage Associates, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Diane returned to Port Huron as Budget and Financial Analyst for Mueller Brass then worked many years with Jo Ann Wine and Associates, Inc. Diane serves on the Scholarship Committee of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.
Diane is a life-long member of First Congregational Church and served on the church’s Executive Board, Board of Trustees, Board of Christian Education, and Building Management Committee prior to becoming a member of their staff. She is a member of the Port Huron Yacht Club, Port Huron Power Squadron, Port Huron Golf Club, and Woman’s Life-Chapter 830.
Diane enjoys boating, jet skiing, collecting beach glass and spending time with her family.