After a 13-year career in banking, Smith joined Springfield, Ill.-based Tom Lange in 1980 as a financial officer, according to a company news release.
Before serving as executive vice president, Smith worked as Lange’s secretary and treasurer.
“Over the course of 32 years with the company, his leadership and vision helped shape the company we all share today,” Phil “Rock” Gumpert, Lange’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in the release. “As important as leadership and vision is, it was Mike’s friendship and compassion that we will all miss the most. Mike lived and worked with a great sense of caring for all those around him.”
Lange’s assistant vice president, Becky Wilson, praised Smith for his influence on younger employees.
“I was so fortunate to have been mentored by Mike and supported by him for my 22-year career at Lange,” Wilson said in the release. “He was a tremendous influence in both my professional and personal life and I will miss him greatly.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, Blessed Sacrament School, 748 W. Laurel, Springfield, Ill., 62704.