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April 22, 2021

1/5/2021 7:30:00 AM
John "Jack" Warren Smith

John "Jack" Warren Smith, age 92 of Rhinelander, passed away peacefully on Dec. 30, 2020 at Ascension St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander. He was born on Sept. 15, 1928, in Rhinelander, to Gene Carl Smith and Phyllis (Reed) Smith.

As a teen and young adult Jack worked at Powells bowling alley as a pin setter, Ed Gabes Lost Lake Resort, Camp Brynafon, Marplex, and O'Melia's Standard gas station and tire shop. He was then hired by the St. Regis Paper Mill in 1954 where he worked for 30 years until his retirement in 1984.

Jack was married to Bobbie Johnsten in 1948 and together they began building their home in 1956 along the Pelican River. Jack was able to do the construction himself being handy all his life, and spent many hours working on cars and puttering in his workshop.

In his younger years Jack and Bobbie enjoyed riding motorcycles and snowmobiles, and always enjoyed hosting family get togethers especially with the grandchildren. Jack also enjoyed planting his flower gardens every year and watching the birds, ducks and deer that came into the yard.

Jack is survived by his daughters Sandy (Bob) Ohm of Sheboygan, Teresa (Dave) Jensen of Rhinelander, son Patrick (Debbie) Smith of Rhinelander, grandchildren Heather (Mike) Vieux, Travis (Jutona) Jensen, Chuck Jensen, Steve (Tiffany) Smith; 8 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, brother Larry Smith of Sheboygan, other family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Bobbie, his parents, sisters Janet Dunham, and Judy Cagle, granddaughter Michelle Ohm and great-granddaughter Gia Jensen.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Ascension Hospital in Rhinelander and to his caregiver Mary Pearson.

Per Jacks wishes there will be no formal services. You may leave your private condolences for the Smith family at The Carlson Funeral Home(715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the family.

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