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David Robert Smethurst

David Robert Smethurst, 74, of Gaylord, MI, and with ties to Huntington County, IN, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.

Mr. Smethurst was raised and attended school in Warren. He was a retired teacher and administrator for Gaylord Community Schools.

He was born on March 19, 1947, in Huntington, to George and Jean Smethurst. He married Susan Morrison on Sept. 1, 1968. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Brooke (John) Stahle; a son, Ross Smethurst (Jennifer Winkleman); two grandchildren, Andrew Stahle and Austin Stahle; and brothers and sisters through marriage, Dave Morrison, Rhonda (Jim) Brown, Doug Morrison, Beth Morrison (Charles Gutierrez).

A memorial service took place on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at First United Methodist Church in Gaylord. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

Memorials may be made to the Pigeon River Country Association, P.O. Box 122, Gaylord, MI 49734, or the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited, online at or by mail at P.O. Box 1873, Gaylord, MI 48734.