Alvin J. Smit

April 25, 1928 ~
December 19, 2020

Alvin “Alf” J. Smit, age 92, of Hudsonville, was called peacefully to his eternal home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 19, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Helen (Hoogewerf), of 65 years; daughters, Laura (Gregory) Zandstra, Rebecca (Verlan) Van Ee, and Jennifer (Timothy) Vroom; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; his sister, Barbara (John) Laninga; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra (Bill) Madura; great-grandson, Jude Van Ee; great-granddaughter, Indigo Altman; his parents Joseph and Alice Smit; brothers, Gerald (June) Smit, James (Judy) Smit; and sister, Joanne (John) Witvoet. Alf served honorably in the U.S. Army as an MP on the Korean peninsula during the war. He, along with his brother, Jim, continued their Dad’s excavating business, Joe Smit & Sons in Lansing, Illinois. Once Jim’s sons were ready to take over the business, Alvin and Helen enjoyed traveling around the country doing hurricane relief and volunteer work for organizations such as Wycliffe Bible Translators and Habitat for Humanity. When they preferred staying close to home, they volunteered at Love INC and Crossroads Prison Ministry. Alf was also a Gideon for many years. One of his greatest joys was mowing the lawn which he did often at Fairway Christian Reformed Church. Alvin Smit was known for being a humble man of integrity who was firm in his convictions. With an easy-going sense of humor, he kept his family and friends smiling and used playful teasing to teach important life lessons. He was full of genuine kindness and unconditional love and had a spiritual wisdom that cannot be taught. He was treasured by all who knew him. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Fairway Christian Reformed Church, 1165 44th Ave., Jenison, Alvin’s son-in-law, Pastor Verlan Van Ee officiating. The service will be live streamed on the church website at The burial will take place at Georgetown Township Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Saturday, from noon-12:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Memorial contributions in memory of Alvin Smit may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators or The Gideons International.

Saturday, December 26
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Fairway Christian Reformed Church
1165 44th Ave.
Jenison, MI 49428

Saturday, December 26

Fairway Christian Reformed Church
1165 44th Ave.
Jenison, MI 49428

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January 14, 2021 7:58pm
Oh my dear Helen! We just now heard about Alvin! I still count it a great blessing that we ran into each other at the creation museum. Another Smit in the crowd they said. Carl and I along with my brother Leonard enjoyed getting to know both of you and have many wonderful memories of time spent with both of you! He was a special man with a big hug and big hands! We love you so Helen. Don’t go changing any light bulbs on your own!!!

- Beth Levien

January 04, 2021 6:26pm
Hi Becky and Lori. I remember your dad well. What a treat to know him. Hope you and yours are well. We are now in Holland, MI. Hope we run into each other some time.

- Kent VanTil

December 28, 2020 12:37pm
My condolences to this wonderful family.

- Karyl Shiroma(Kikkert)

December 27, 2020 10:10pm
Alvin Smit was one of the kindest, Christian men I ever knew. Always had a smile and an encouraging word. He was related through the Recker family. He will be missed !

- Barbara Zandstra

December 24, 2020 10:23am
Dearest Helen and family, We have been so fortunate to know you and Alf and to share family. We treasure many fond memories of the times we shared. Alf brought so much joy and love to all who knew him. You are in our hearts and prayers. Lovingly, Pat and Carol

- Pat and Carol Patrick

December 23, 2020 8:18pm
Helen and family, Alf will forever be in our hearts. We loved when he visited the farm and when we visited Verlan and Becky, Fred loved All showing him the "sights"! You are in our thoughts and prayers as you walk this journey again. Love to you all!

- Fred Van Ee

December 23, 2020 7:06pm
Aunt Helen, Laura, Becky, Jennifer, and family, May God's peace surround you at this time. He was truly a godly man and lived out his faith.

- Jerry & Judy DeVries

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