Michael George Smith, Sr., age 76, of Redby, MN Journeyed to the Spirit World on Friday, August 16th, 2019 at the Jourdain Perpich Extended Care Center in Red Lake, MN. He was born on February 10th 1943 in Red Lake, MN the son of Harry Smith Sr. and Isabelle Weise.
Mike Sr. was a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in Red Lake, MN. He enjoyed working many different jobs. A hard working mechanic, college and high school substitute teacher, a counselor at the Minneapolis American Indian Center and worked as a laborer in the lumber industry. Michael loved going to the casino, his favorite was the Keno Slot Machines and playing Blackjack. He also loved singing on the Pow Wow trail with the Red Lake Drum Group. His hobbies were keeping up with the newspapers, going to check the mail and attending high school basketball games. He enjoyed a good cigarette and caring for the family cat, Libby.
Michael is survived by his sons: Miran Smith, Mitchell Osterloh, Michael Smith III and Marc Anderson; daughters: Leslie Smith, Lynette Osterloh, Isabelle Smith, Sally Smith, Nicole Anderson and Candace Anderson; brother: Henry “Butch” Smith Jr.; sisters: Shirlyn Whitefeather, Marilyn Reed, Patricia Johnson and Susan Smith; 25 grandchildren and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Isabelle and Harry Smith Sr.; daughters: Shannon Anderson and Lisa Smith; a son: Michael Smith Jr.; brothers; John Sr. and Phillip Smith; grandchildren: Carron and Braylie Ortley and many other relatives and friends.
An all-night visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 27rd, 2019 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Redby Community Center in Redby, Minnesota.
A Memorial Service for Michael G. Smith Sr. will be held on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Redby Community Center in Redby, Minnesota.
Father Jerry Rodgers will officiate.
Drum group is the Red Lake Singers
Honorary Casket Bearers are Lori Osterloh, LuAnn Wind, Georgette “Maxine” White, Amos Wiese, Priscilla Lowman, Simon Weise, Jackie Anderson-Redearth, Danny Hart
Active Casket Bearers are Michael’s surviving children
Serving the family with funeral arrangements are The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota.
Online Condolences can be directed to www.thechilsonfuneralhome.com