Wilbur Smith

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Smith, Wilbur V.

Wilbur "Willie" V. Smith, 86, of Fond du Lac, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Woodlands Senior Park.

He was born on October 21, 1926, in Appleton, a son of Frank N. and Anna Warnecke Smith.

Willie retired in 1986 after a dedicated career with the Soo Line Railroad. He was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn (Bestor); two daughters, Linda M. (Richard) Christensen of Arlington Heights, Illinois; and Patricia A. Gilkey (significant other, Turner Reaney) of Turtle Lake, Wisconsin; a granddaughter, Karen M. (Jon) Vasconcellos; a grandson, Steven D. (Lindsey) Bass; four great-grandchildren, Julia and Krista Vasconcellos, and Abby and Callie Bass; and a brother, Robert (Arda) Smith of Kaukauna.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Lyle Smith, and his son, Thomas H. Smith.

A funeral service for Wilbur and a memorial service for his son, Thomas, will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 31 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac, with Rev. Michael Morning officiating. Burial will follow in Rienzi Cemetery.

The visitation will be on Tuesday at Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory from 10 a.m. until the time of Service.

Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family, www.machfuneralchapel.com.

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on June 23, 2013
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