SAGINAW, Mich.  

Rev. Charles O. Smith

July 25, 1939 - Aug. 28, 2009

Our Lord called home his servant, the Rev. Charles O. Smith, on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, after an extended illness.

Chuck was born July 25, 1939, the second son of Orlie and Florence (Merten) Smith of Waukesha. He served his vicarage under A.R Kretzmann at St. Luke’s Church in Chicago. Chuck graduated from Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Springfield, Ill., in June 1963 and was called by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod to serve as a missionary pastor for the new congregations in Clare, Mich., and at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. During his nine-year tenure at Clare and Mount Pleasant, Chuck assisted the congregations in the construction of their houses of worship.

In 1972, Chuck was called to serve as pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Saginaw Mich. Chuck relished his 13 years at Peace and thoroughly enjoyed working with its parishioners, faculty and staff.

Subsequent to leaving Peace Lutheran Church, Chuck was vice president of the St. Luke’s (Covenant) Hospital Foundation in Saginaw and later served as the executive vice president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Foundation in St. Louis.  Upon his retirement in 2005, Chuck returned to Saginaw and to his Peace family.

In addition to his parish duties, Chuck served on numerous boards and committees for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Chuck also served on the boards of several humanitarian organizations, such as the Bethesda Lutheran Home.

Chuck is survived by his college sweetheart and wife of 48 years, Helen Carrie (Gadient) Smith of Saginaw; his daughter, Carrie Ruth of Mount Pleasant; son, Christopher Charles (Patti) of Birch Run, Mich.; daughter, Sarah Marie of St. Louis; and grandchildren, Roxanne, Jeremy (Sally) and Joshua Crawford of Michigan. Chuck is further survived by his mother, Florence Smith; sister-in-law Jacki; sister, Kate (Bob) Young; brother, Andrew (Connie) Smith; sister-in-law, Dodie Gadient; brother-in-law, Christian (Grace) Gadient; and aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and wonderful friends.

Chuck was preceded in death by his loving son, Matthew; father, Orlie; and his older brother, Tom.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, Sept. 1, at Peace Lutheran Church in Saginaw.  Funeral services will follow at the church at 7 p.m. with the Rev. C. William Weis officiating.

Memorials are suggested to Peace Lutheran Church, Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown, the Special Class at Peace Lutheran Church or CurePSP (

We would like to thank the conscientious staff at the Hoyt Nursing Home for their wonderful care of Chuck and his family during the last year.

Chuck will be remembered for his compassion for others and his love of his Lord Jesus.