Obituary for Otto W. Smith
November 19th, 1934Passed Away:
January 14th, 2016
Monday February 29th, 2016
11:00am to 2:00pm at Hagar'sDirections to Hagar's
On Thursday January 14, 2016, Otto left his earthly body and ascended into heaven for a round of golf with his son-in-aw, Pat “Mo” Mulready. Otto was born, the youngest of seven children, on November 19, 1934, in Muskegon to Victor E. & Emma (Anderson) Smith. He was extremely proud of the fact that he was a life resident of Roosevelt Park. He worked for the city for years both as a general employee and as a Police Officer, both full and part time. He also worked at American Coil Spring and retired from Roadway Express as a driver of 33 years. Upon retirement he drove part time for Warner Schuitema. Otto became a volunteer for Toys for Tots, picking up, delivering, packing and moving them several times. He was the founder of Otto Smith Father’s Day Golf Outing and has a brick in the Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, FL. This tournament has been running for 28 years and will continue to be run by his sons. Otto graduated from Muskegon Heights and was a forward on their first Class A State Championship Basketball team in 1954. He was very proud to have his team honored at the Breslin Center in Lansing as “Legends of the Game” in 2007. Otto loved sports! He loved participating in them and watching them. He followed his sons and daughter in their activities and then his grandchildren in theirs: football, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, soccer, volleyball, bowling and marching band. He coached Little League and Pony League baseball. He was a great fan of the Detroit Tigers, Lions and the Red Wings and his beloved U of M (Go Blue) watching them all with a few choice phrases!!! Otto was the past treasurer of the Muskegon Boxing Club, a member of the Vikings Lodge, the Eagles, and Lakeside Vets. He bowled for many years at Sherman and Bob Hi. Otto joined Althea Curow in marriage in 1956 and they have enjoyed 60 years together. This union gave birth to four sons, Victor (Laura), Edward (Sheila), Andrew, Otto, Jr. and a daughter, Geralyn Mulready. They were blessed with 12 grandchildren, Jason, Josh, Lindsay, Joseph, Nate, Meaghan, Devon, Taylor, Amanda, Mackenzie, Mollee, Morgan and 6 great-grandchildren, Ephraim, Remington, Ronan, Hoyt, Matthew, Brooks, and #7, Olivia, due in April. Otto was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Robert and Eugene, three sisters, Lavon Hasenbank, Dorothy Naperalsky, and Betty Close, and son-in-law Patrick (Mo) Mulready. He leaves behind him to honor his memory, his wife and children, his sister, Beverly Garvey, sister-in-law Vera Smith, two brothers-in-law, Arthur and Calvin (Linda) Curow as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and his dog, Milo. There will be a visitation at Hagar’s (next to the Vikings) on Monday, February 29, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a luncheon (& maybe a toddy or two) to follow at the Viking Lodge at 3132 Lakeshore Drive in Muskegon. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Viking’s Scholarship Fund.