Michael R. Smith Obituary

Michael R. Smith
Michael R. Smith

March 1, 1940 - September 30, 2017
Born in Detroit, MI
Resided in Saginaw, Michigan
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Michael R. Smith was born in Detroit, MI to Joseph R. and Helen A. Smith. He attended Parochial School till his Father's Company transferred the family to Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from Arthur Hill high School. He was an Army Veteran. He married his wife Peggy in Tampa, Florida. They returned to Saginaw a few years later. They had five children. John, Phil, Mike, Margaret and Joe. The oldest Child, John predeceased them May 20th, 1971 Mike had one Brother Thomas J. (Emilie) Americus Georgia, that both predeceased him.


  • Graduated Arthur Hill High School, Saginaw, Michigan
  • Served in the United States Army - Honorable Discharge
  • Attended Fixed Station Radio Operators School at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey.
  • Stationed at; United States Special Operations Command, S.T.R.I.K.E. Command, Communications Support Element, Mac Dill A.F.B., Tampa, Florida
  • National Joint Electrical Apprenticeship & Training Program International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - (IBEW) Saginaw, Michigan
  • Career Opportunities Center - Adult Education Saginaw, Michigan
  • Delta College Bay City, Michigan
  • Michigan State University Lansing, Michigan
  • Michigan State Police Academy - Fire Marshall Division Electrical Inspectors School
  • Associated Hi Voltage Testing & Research Inc., Skokee Illinois

  • Course Work:

  • National Electrical Code
  • National Building Code
  • National Plumbing Code National Mechanical Code
  • Saginaw County Health Code Electrical Control Hydraulics and Hydraulic Control Schematics & Design Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Programmable Controllers DC Hy-pot testing of Cables, Transformer's, And Rotating Machinery, Hi Voltage Sub Stations Wiring and Control

  • Certificates and License's: State of Michigan:

  • Journeyman Electrician License
  • Master Electrician License
  • Electrical Inspectors Registration
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Restrictive Radio Telephone Operators License #25B8077
  • March 1975 - Spaulding Township Building Department
  • August 1982 Position: Administrator and Chief Building Inspector

    Organizations, Representation and Memberships:

  • Saginaw County Health Department - Inspector
  • East Central Michigan Development and Planning Region-Advisor
  • Home Builders Association
  • Saginaw Valley Building Inspectors Association
  • International Association of Electrical Inspectors
  • Building Officials Conference of Michigan
  • International Conference of Building Officials
  • Saginaw County Labor Council AFL - CIO since April 22, 1981
  • Union Label & Service Trades Department - Chairman Since Feb. 1st, 1982
  • Industrial Relations Research Association - Saginaw Valley State University

  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local # 557

  • Former Positions/ Offices Held: Registrar, Treasurer
  • Recording Secretary Press Secretary
  • Union Label & Service Trades Chairman Union
  • Organizer Assistant Business Agent
  • Saginaw County Democratic Party- Current
  • Michigan State AFL - CIO - General Board-Current
  • International Union Label and Service Trades Department of the AFL-Chrm.- Current
  • CIO - Charter Member, Chairman -Current
  • City of Saginaw- Electrical Appeals Board- Expires December 31, 2018 - Current
  • Renewed 06-22-2015, for three year term and sworn in 07-07, 2015 Original Appointment October 1, 1990- 25 years Spaulding Township Cass River Dike & Erosion Control Committee, Recording Secretary, Treasurer
  • 23 years Spaulding Township Hearing Officer, Abatement of Dangerous Bldgs.-Current
  • Albee Township Hearing Officer, Abatement of Dangerous Bldgs.-Current
  • Bridgeport Township Hearing Officer, Abatement of Dangerous Bldg.- Current
  • Spaulding Township Board of Review- Property Taxes-10 years
  • Appointed to the Saginaw County Board of Canvassers April 12, 2004- 10 years
  • Democratic Party-Representative for the AFL-CIO- January 2005-Current
  • Saginaw AFL-CIO Labor Council - Union Label & Service Trades- Chairman- 35 years Current
  • Appointed to the Saginaw County, Solid Waste Advisory Committee- 8 Years
  • Environmental Interest Category -January 10, 2006 (Expires December 31, 2008) Dec 16, 2008-3yrs- till December 31. 2011- till Dec 31, 2015 - resign 3-10-2014
  • Appointed by the Chairman, Saginaw County Commissioners- Prison Site Selection Committee, Region Five

  • Saginawian of the Year 1997

  • The Saginaw News Spaulding Township - Registered Electrical Inspector

  • Numerious Volunteer Projects and Charitable Activities For:

    City of Saginaw, Bridgeport Township, Spaulding Township, Saginaw Township, Frankenmuth Township, Habitat for Humanity, Christmas in July, The Red Cross, United Way of Saginaw, Toys for Tots, Saginaw County Fair, U.S. Mail Carriers, First Presbyterian Church,Neighborhood House, Saginaw Valley State University, The Salvation Army.

    Committal service will take place at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at St. Andrew Cemetery, 381 St. Andrews Dr. Fr. John Johnson will officiate with military honors. Friends may visit with the family at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Rd. from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday.

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    W. L. Case and Company, Mackinaw
    4480 Mackinaw Rd.
    Saginaw Charter Township, MI United States 48603
    Tuesday, October 3, 2017
    4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Committal Service
    St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery-Chapel
    381 St. Andrew Dr.
    Saginaw, Michigan USA 48638
    Wednesday, October 4, 2017
    10:00 AM