THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Gary O. Smith
Issue Date: September 26, 2019
Gary O. Smith, 80, of the Wisconsin Veterans Home, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.
Born Oct. 29, 1938, to Orlo and Violet Smith in Iron Mountain, Mi., he spent most of his childhood with his brother and sister, Dale and Josephine (Ghera) and cousins, Harold and Elmer "Gus" in Beecher. He graduated from Pembine High School in 1956 and spent four years in the United States Army, most of the time in Germany.
He graduated from Marinette Normal School in 1964 and started teaching eighth grade that same year in Pembine. He then taught one year in White Lake and coached the football program, returning to Pembine the following year. He graduated from UW-Oshkosh in Upper Elementary Education in 1971.
He started a cross country mile canoe trip on the "Spirit of Pembine" in 1975 with Mark McCorkle, of Pembine, and was mentioned in the book Miles by Canoe". He was an avid Wisconsin Sports fan of the Brewers, Badgers and Packers, along with the Pembine High School Panthers teams.
He retired from teaching, mostly 6th grade in Pembine, in 1994 and helped his nephew, Dale Jr. move to Kansas to start his teaching career. He later helped him move back to Fond du Lac in 1998. He lived most of his life at the end of Smith Lane until 2014, when he moved to the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.
He is survived by three nephews, Dale Jr. of Fond du Lac, Brian of Oshkosh and Peter of Kenosha and two nieces, Paula and Karen, both of Kenosha.
No services will be held. Maple Crest Funeral Home of Waupaca is assisting the family.