Virgil William Smith, 98, died Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Appleton Medical Center, Appleton, WI.
He was born September 19, 1922 in Stockton, Illinois, son of the late Anthony Sr. and Elizabeth (Becker) Smith. On September 4, 1945, he married the love of his life Janetta Mae Smith in Apple River, Illinois. They were blessed with 73 years of marriage and three wonderful children: Karen, Colette and Kevin.
He was a proud Army Veteran of WWII and joined at the early age of 17. He belonged to the 31st Division that stormed Normandy at Omaha Beach. In his early years, he and Janetta lived in Waukegan, IL where he worked at Abbott Laboratories. They moved to Warren, IL where he worked for ABS as an Artificial Inseminator. Later they moved to Gratiot, WI where he served as the Village Police Officer and worked at Janlin Plastics in Warren, IL After retirement they lived in Bonduel, Shawano and lastly in Waupaca, WI.
Virgil was an avid fisherman, Euchre card player, bean bag champ, deer hunter and coin hunter. He loved showing the grandkids and the great-grandkids how to filet fish and catch the big ones! He also loved beating them in Euchre or bean bags. Holidays were very special to Virgil and he loved spending them with his family up north at the cottage sitting around the campfire “Roasting” one another into the wee hours of the morning!
Virgil is survived by his children: Karen (Rollie) Hendrikson of Wittenberg, WI, Colette (Joe) Esch of Waupaca, WI & Kevin (Lisa) Smith of Dubuque, IA.
Grandchildren: Shannon (Tom) Wahl, Cadott, WI, Shane (Cheryl) Hendrikson, Wausau, WI, Slade (Angela) Hendrikson, Holmen, WI, Nicole (Shonn) Breton, Cheshire, CT, Derek Hubner, Neenah, WI, Luke Smith (Ariel Lahham) Phoenix, AZ, Natalie (Stefon) Brown, Phoenix, AZ, and Alex Smith, Denver, CO.
Great-Grandchildren: Eric Hendrikson, Wausau, WI, Ashley Blackwell, Augusta, GA, Rich (Rachel) Hendrikson, Bancroft, WI, Madeline & Nelson Wahl, Cadott, WI, Sienna & Ava Breton, Cheshire, CT, Mason Hubner, Neenah, WI, Drew Hendrikson, Holmen, WI, Averi Mae Brown, Phoenix, AZ.
Great-Great Grandchildren: Willow Blackwell, Autumn Rayne, Levi & Havalah Hendrikson.
Step-Grandchildren: John (Caitlin) Brown & son Henry, Kronenwetter, WI, Megan Buttner, Salt Lake City, UT, Lucas & Erin Buttner & daughter Nalani, Salt Lake City, UT, Jenni (Merlyn) Catron, Neenah, WI, Jessica (Aaron) Van Zeeland & children River & Willow, Neenah, WI, Donna (Matt) LeClair & children Charlotte & Nolan of Rhinelander, WI.
Along with many nieces and nephews.
Virgil was preceded in death by his wife Janetta, his parents and siblings: Cecelia Fox, Anthony Smith Jr, Mertes Smith, Viorena Courtright, Vinetta Hagerty and Donnie Smith. One Great-Granddaughter Kathryn Grace Kelly Hendrikson.
Maple Crest Funeral home of Waupaca is assisting the family at this time. Due to Covid-19, Funeral Services will be held at a later date.
The Family would like to thank the entire Staff at Park Vista Assisted Living for the loving care they have given to Virgil, especially Louise who faithfully cared for his fish Jimmy.
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