Jeffery E. Smith, age 58 years, of Clintonville passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the Shawano Medical Center from an allergic reaction to a bee sting.
Jeffery Edwin Smith was born March 16, 1955 at the Clintonville Hospital to Donald and Shirley (Krueger) Smith. The family lived in the Bear Creek area and as a young man they moved to Marion. Jeff entered the U.S. Army, serving from 1972 to 1975, and he was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He settled in Clintonville and on August 11, 2006 was united in marriage to Karen H. Mackowiak at the courthouse in Waupaca. Jeff worked for 33 years with the City of Clintonville street department, retiring in July of 2010. He is a former member of both, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marion, and St. Rose Catholic Church, Clintonville. Jeff enjoyed fishing, making trips to the casino, and picking cherries in Door County. He also liked boating with friends on Lake Michigan and rafting on the Embarrass River. Jeff had a heart of gold and was always helping family and friends with projects wherever needed. But he especially loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and his entire extended family.
Survivors include three children; Tim (Kelly) Smith of Clintonville, Tara (significant other Eric Schmidt) Smith of Hatley, and Holly (Mike) Wegener of Manawa. There are five grandchildren; Eva, Lillie, Kylie, Lanie, and Sophie. There are three sisters; Kathy Schumacher of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Joan (Eugene) Uhl Jr. of Amherst, and Patricia (Vernon) Pelkey of Marion. There is one brother, Mike (Sharon) Smith of Madison. Jeff is further survived by many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Karen on August 13, 2009, two sisters, Holly Smith and Barbara Gollnow, a brother, David Smith, a brother-in-law, James Gollnow, a niece, Sereena Gollnow, and a nephew, Sgt. Eugene Uhl III.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 14th at 1:00 PM at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, with Deacon Lincoln Wood officiating. Military Honors will be provided by members of the American Legion Post #63 and the VFW Post #664, both of Clintonville. Friends may call on Saturday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home.