Michael David Smetzer

Michael David Smetzer

March 31, 1953 ~ November 28, 2022


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Michael David Smetzer, age 69, passed away November 28, 2022 in Rockledge, Florida.

He was born March 31, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to the late Ralph and Naldene Smetzer. He moved to Sebastian, Florida in 2017, coming from Huron, South Dakota.

Mike served in the United States Navy, for 20 years, and was honorably discharged on May 1, 1991 as an E6 and received the following awards and commendations during his service: Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation (2 awards), Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), Navy Expeditionary Medal (2 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), SEA Service Deployment Ribbon (4 awards).

Mike enjoyed competition BBQ and traveled around after retirement to participate in many competitions. Mike always had a contagious smile and helped anyone who needed help. Mike would drive retired veterans to doctors appointments and helped neighbors who needed help.

Survivors include his nephew, Brian (Maddison) Smetzer of Rice, Texas; great-niece, Scarlett Smetzer of Rice, Texas; sister-in-law, Bonnie Smetzer of Sebastian, Florida; and his beloved cat, Samantha.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Christine Smetzer of St. Louis, Missouri and brother, Larry Smetzer of Sebastian, Florida.

A private family service is planned and in accordance with Mike’s wishes, his ashes will be scattered at sea.

Memorial contributions may be made to: For The Love of Paws, 12198 County Road 512, Fellsmere, Florida 32948.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.


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Deb Perry - Friend

November 30, 2022, 9:25 pm

My thoughts and prayers for Mike and his family. May you Rest In Peace. Thank you for your service Sir.

Troy Callihan - Family Friend

December 1, 2022, 4:58 pm

Bonnie and Brian our thoughts and prayers are with you! Troy Callihan and Fran Love, Blue Ridge, Georgia

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