Obituary: Elmer Smith
Elmer Smith, age 94 of Rhinelander, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at Friendly Village Nursing and Rehab. He was born on September 15, 1920, in Rugby, North Dakota to Lyss and Charlotta (Scott) Smith.
Elmer was born with his twin brother, Chelmer and they were the first set of twins to be born in Rugby. Unfortunately, Chelmer died in infancy. As a small child, Elmer moved with his family to Wisconsin and resided in Rhinelander since that time. During World War II, Elmer served with the U.S. Army seeing action in the Philippines and New Guinea. Following his honorable discharge, he married Ruth Knuth on June 8, 1948 in Bessemer, MI and together they raised their large family. Elmer was a longtime employee of Musson Concrete Products where he oversaw the production of concrete blocks and was known for his ability to produce “just the right” concrete mix required for the job. He retired in 1982. Elmer embraced life and continued to enjoy dancing into his 90s as well as time spent with family.
Elmer is survived by four daughters, Christine (Earl) Martin of Rhinelander, Rosalie (William) Braun of Burlington, Brenda Stacy of Rhinelander, and Renee (Neal) Anderson of Arbor Vitae; two sons, Russell (Sue) Smith of Arbor Vitae and Kenneth (Nancy) Smith of Rhinelander. He is further survived by ten grandchildren, four step grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and eleven step great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth in 1997; a daughter, Norene; four sons, Stephen, Michael, and infants, Gary and Darrel; a sister, Grace; and brothers, Lloyd, Ora, Elza, Carl, Charles, Harian, Willard, and Corky.