Michael Lee Smith
Michael Lee Smith, 52, died in the home he loved on September 2, 2012, following a heroic battle with cancer.
Michael was born in Ames, Iowa and spent the majority of his childhood in Billings, Montana, where he graduated from high school and completed one year of college. Michael worked with his hands as a capenter most of his life but his thirst for knowledge never ceased and he became a self-educated historian. He always had a profound love for his country and fulfilled his life-long dream of visiting the nation’s capital before he died. He was a quiet and kind man who cherished each day he had left on this earth tending his flowers and garden in his back yard which he called ‘my paradise.’
He leaves behind his best friend and wife, Dianne Fisher of Roeland Park, KS. Michael he also survived by his son, Jacob Michael Smith; sister, Michelle Smith Collicho, brothers Matthew J. Smith and Marc S. Smith, father LeRoy F. Smith, nieces Heather Smith Forgey, Jennifer Collichio, Rebecca Collichio, Annie Smith and Carlee Smith; nephews Fred Andrew Collichio, Anthony Collichio, Austin Collichio and Ryan Smith. Michael and Dianne wanted to extend special thanks to his brother-in-law and best friend, Fred Collichio, who gave unconditional support and love throughout his illness.
Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce K. Smith who also battled cancer and loved Michael unconditionally until the day she joined her angels.
Michael will be missed by his friends and family want to thank the physicians and medical staffs of Midwest Cancer Center and Vitas Hospice. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.
Michael will always be loved and missed but is finally at peace now with his maker.
The family is planning a small gathering at a later date to celebrate Michael’s life.