Roland C. (Bud) Smith, Kewaunee, passed away on Monday, September 15th at Bellin Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born April 3, 1925 in Door County to Victor and Hannah (Jabs) Smith. At the age of 7, he moved to the Town of Pierce with his parents. He attended Alaska Grade School and graduated from Algoma High School. He served in the Philippines during WorId War II. After service, he was employed at the Algoma Foundry & Machine Co., Hamachek Machine Co., US Postal Service as a sub mail carrier, and from 1970 until his retirement was a dispatcher for the Kewaunee Co. Sheriff's Dept. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Immanuel's Men's Club, VFW Post 3392, American Legion Post 29, Amvets Post 42, and "The Silver Fuzz". He married Lorraine Holtz on September 16, 1950 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Rankin. His wife survives along with 8 children: Gene (Shirley) Smith, Rosholt, WI; Gary (Pat) Smith, Algoma; Glen (Kathy) Smith, Casco; Gloria (Frank) Zeller, Oregon WI; Glenda Smith, Tigerton; Gail (Jim) VanDenAvond, DePere; Greta (Mike) Bloniarz, Kewaunee; and Gerri (Steve) Stempa, DePere. 13 grandchildren: Scott (Nicole) Smith, Jacki (Bill) Blair, Paul (friend, Becky) and Tyler Smith, Amy (Will) Quinn, Steven (Jenny) Smith, Mark (fiancee Camille) and David Zeller, Tom & Matt VanDenAvond, Amanda (friend Nick) and Heather (fiancee Tom) Bloniarz, and Anna Stempa. 4 great-grandchildren, Rachel Smith, Dominque & Bill Jr. Blair, and Emily Quinn. He is further survived by two sisters, Caroline Arians, Kewaunee and Beatrice (Ken) Ray, Carney, MI; two brothers, Victor Smith, Columbia, AL and Wendell (Joan) Smith, Cedarburg, WI; one sister-in-law Bertha Smith, Green Bay; his mother-in-law, Frieda Holtz, Algoma and brother-in-law Ron Holtz, Madison; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Art Holtz, grandson Luke Stempa, sister Arlene Rapolz, brother Vernon Smith, brother-in-law Elmer Arians, and 2 sisters-in-law, IlIa Smith and Joan Holtz. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He liked to go camping and loved to play cards with his family & friends.
Visitation will take place at Buchanan Funeral Home in Kewaunee from 4-8pm on Wednesday, Sept. 17th. There will be a Military Service at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday, Sept. 18th after 10:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kewaunee. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Randy Schoemann officiating. Burial with full military rites will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Special thanks to Pastor Schoemann, the Kewaunee Rescue Squad, the VNA nurses, especially Sara, Michelle and Mary, Dr. Robert Anderson and the staff at Bellin Hospital. The children would also like to thank our mother for the special care that she gave dad over the years.