Hope United Receives Grant in Memory of Dave Smith

Three Rivers-based nonprofit Hope United received a grant award in memory of David Smith. The award was made possible by contributions made to the Sturgis Area Community Foundation throughout 2021 in Smith’s memory.

Kim Sovein (daughter of Dave Smith) and Sharon Smith (wife) present grant to Hope United Executive Director Jill Gunn.


During his life, Smith had resided in Sturgis since 1970, coming from Allegan, where he was a graduate of Allegan High School with the class of 1954. He furthered his education at Ferris State University in Big Rapids and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.


Nearly all of Dave's working life was involved in the automobile business. He had worked as a sales manager at Koestner General Motors dealership in Plainwell and for 50 years owned and operated Dave Smith Pontiac, Buick and GMC in Sturgis.



In honor of Smith’s lifelong career in the automobile business, grant funds will support Hope United in providing safe transportation for individuals in need.


“Dave was such a caring person and giving person,” says Sharon Smith, Smith’s wife. “He had a great love of community and we are thankful to all who gave in his memory and made this possible.”