.Walter W. SMITH .

contributed by: Nancy Smith

. Gillett.

. Walter W. Smith, 83: Gillett Leader 

Died Saturday Evening Of Heart Attack.

. Was President of Linwood; Lived in Gillett since 1901 .

Gillett - The many friends of Walter W. Smith were shocked  and grieved to learn of his unexpected death Saturday evening at his home in the city. Death was due to a heart attack, and he was stricken as he was watching television.

While his friends could see that his 83 years had slowed him down, he was active and busy and the the end to such a useful life was not anticipated.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Gillett Methodist church, with the Rev. Leslie Simon officiating. Burial took place in Wanderer's Rest cemetery, with Arnold Jansen, Jerry Westenberger, Robert Thompson. Red Schneider,Louis Paulson and Ray Temple as active pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers were E. J. Ansorge, A.E. Hanstedt, Tom Lindow, Russell O'Harrow, C. V. Nelson and A.P. Leher. Masonic rites were held at the graveside.

Mr. Smith was born June 9, 1876, in Door county, where his family lived in a cook shanty of and abandoned logging camp. He attended a nearby school through the fourth grade and then went to work in a wood-working plant in Ahnapee at 25 cents for a 10-hour day.

Six years later he entered Algoma high school and graduated from the school as valdictorian of his class in 1897 after completing the four-year course in 2 1/2 years.  He also attended Oshkosh Normal school, now Wisconsin State college, Oshkosh, for one year.

Mr. Smith was married to Ruth A. Heald of Algoma Dec. 27, 1899, and Sept. 5, 1901, they moved to Gillett. During his business career here, he helped to organize five different industrial plants. At present, with his wife and three sons, he owned and operated Linwood, Inc., which had about 100 employees. The plant closed Tuesday in respect to his memory.

Survivors are his wife; three sons, Gwynne, Kenneth and Walter, Jr., all of Gillett; two daughters, Mrs. R.J. (Joyce) Discoll, Gillett, and Mrs. Leif (Betty) Erickson, Burlington, Wis., 14 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. T.H. Pasterski, Suring.

Life was full of Action

The story of this man's life is one of constant effort for the betterment of the community and its people. Some of his activities were such that many would feel they had done enough, but he was so interested and had such a vital interest that he compiled some very high service records.

His church was a first and he had served it in many capacities, as a lay leader, he sought the welfare of the church at conferences and retreats, and was the church school treasurer for many years. Active in the Masonic lodge he was a 32nd degree member of that Order.

 Schools were important to the man who had to work hard for his education. He served on the Gillett board of education for 31 years. In 1952 he was presented with the Wisconsin Education Association award when the State School Board convention was held in Milwaukee. His death leaves a vacancy as clerk and business manager for the Gillett schools.

One of the organizers of the Gillett Advancement association, the Gillett Mid-winter Fair, and the Gillett Civic Club, these organizations felt the impact of a man who believed in individual responsibility for every citizen.

Mr. Smith had served for several years as president of the National Woodenware Manufacturers Assn. He was a member of several industrial organizations and conservation chairman of the Hardwood Plywood Manufacturers Assn.

In 1958, Giillett's outstanding citizen citation for outstanding service to the Timber Industry in the Lake States. This presentation was made by Gordon Connor at a banquet held by the Timber Producers Association at Shawano.

The death of Mr. Smith leaves a large vacancy in the community in the carious agencies where he labored so long and so faithfully. He cannot be  replaced, even though others must pick up his unfinished tasks and carry on.

Not only is the Smith family bereaved - Gillett and Oconto County has also suffered a great loss.


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