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Garrell Small

January 17, 1954 — June 16, 2022

Garrell “Mike” Small, 68 of Niles, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Spectrum Lakeland in St. Joseph.

Mike was born on January 17, 1954 in Dowagiac to the late Garrell and Shirley (Smith) Small, who have preceded him in death.  He was first married to Pat Lee, who preceded him in death in 1976; and by his sister, Patti Reist who died in 2015.

On September 15, 1978 in South Gate, MI, Mike married the former Patricia Campbell who survives along with their children; Michael (Nikki) Small of Niles, Daniel Small of Niles, Erin Small of South Bend and Mary (Ben) Brown of Grand Rapids, MI., grandchildren; Nicholas, Cheyenne, Savannah, Brady, Molly, Callen, Belle, Emery, Bennett, Weston and Michael. He is also survived by his brothers, Steve (Cathy) Small of Dowagiac, Robin Small of Dallas, TX, Phillip (Amanda) Small of White Pigeon, MI and his brother-in-law, Brian Reist of Brooksville, FL as well as several Aunts, Uncles and many nieces and nephews.

Mike was the Owner of GMS Construction.  He had the ability and skill to fix anything.  Mike really was a Jack of all trades.

All who knew Mike, knew of his daily visits. He would stop in and visit for a few minutes for a chat. Mike was also known as “The King of Pine River”, every year for the last 40 years, in the third week of July, was the family canoe trip down Pine River.

Family was everything to Mike. He cherished the times he was able to go camping with his grandkids or just sitting on the porch with his family.  Mike always felt that an empty plate meant there was room for more food. His loving and kind nature with be with us, forever in our hearts.

A Visitation for Mike will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Halbritter Wickens Funeral Home, 615 E. Main St. Niles from 2:00pm to 5:00 pm. A Funeral Service will begin at 5:00pm.

Online condolences to the family may be made at

Memorials in Mike’s name may be made to Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation at

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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