Wilbur “Willie” V. Smith

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 11:00 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 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.


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