• Honoring David Gerald Smith

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  • David Gerald Smith proudly served as a lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps during World War II from 1943 to 1945. He was stationed throughout Europe, piloting the legendary B-17 "Flying Fortress" long-range bomber. Originally from Auburn, New York, he made his way to Michigan after the war, where he earned degrees from Alma College and the University of Michigan.

    David worked as a teacher and principal for Wayne-Westland Community Schools for three decades and was a devoted husband to Patricia Jane Smith for more than 50 years. Later in life, he moved to Northville to be closer to his six children and their families. David will forever be remembered for his spirited sense of humor, his love of family, and his unwavering appreciation of life.

    - Susan Young

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