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Dennis L. Smith

September 28, 1945 ~ January 20, 2021 (age 75)

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Obituary

Dennis Lloyd Smith was a husband, father, grand-father, great grandfather, brother and friend.  He was taken to his heavenly home on January 20, 2021 at the age of 75 at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee.

Dennis was born to the late Hattie Parobek on September 28, 1945 in Merrill, Wisconsin.  After graduating High School in 1963, Dennis joined the Army, serving our country in the Vietnam War for 3 years.  He married the love of his life, Dawn E. Peeters in 1967 and together they had two children, Debbie and Deanna.

Dennis worked at Ward Paper Mill and owned East Side Key Service until his retirement in 1978 due to a disability, Multiple Sclerosis. 

Dennis loved joking around and socializing.  He especially enjoyed his grandchildren, Dylan, Devon, Hannah and Aaron, attending their sporting events and cheering everyone on.  In his more active years, he enjoyed camping and had a permanent campsite at North Forest campground near Tomahawk.  Onlookers and friends would often see Dennis (and Dawn) riding throughout Merrill on their motorized scooters.

Dennis is preceded in death by his beloved wife: Dawn, mother: Hattie Parobek, brother: Robert Smith, sister-in law: Barb Smith and sister-in law: Marjorie Ranker.

He is survived by his daughters Debbie (Daryl) Merkel of Merrill and Deanna (Steve) Smith of Oak Creek, grandchildren Dylan and Devon Merkel, Hannah and Aaron Smith and great grand-daughter, Raylee Merkel.  Dennis is further survived by brothers Jerry Smith, David (Sue) Smith, sister-in-law, Patsy Smith, sister-in-law, Sharon (Dennis) Karow, brothers-in law, Mike (Kathy) Peeters and Brian Peeters; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Dennis was a fighter to the end and will always be remembered for his positive attitude, smile and courage and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Memorial services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, 1104 E. 3rd St., Merrill, WI on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Rev. David Szeto will officiate.  Visitation will be held at the church from 11:00 a.m. until time of service with military honors following the service. 

The service will be live streamed and available for viewing at 11:00 a.m. under his obituary on our website.  It will then be posted as a recording for viewing at a later time. 

Social distancing will be practiced, and masks will be required.

Memorials to National Multiple Sclerosis Society are suggested.

Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

The stream will start at 11:00 a.m. for a short time, then it will begin again at 1:00 p.m. for the service portion.

 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
January 30, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
St. John Lutheran Church
1104 E. 3rd St.
Merrill, WI 54452

Memorial Service
Saturday
January 30, 2021

1:00 PM
St. John Lutheran Church
1104 E. 3rd St.
Merrill, WI 54452

Military Honors
Saturday
January 30, 2021

2:00 PM
St. John Lutheran Church
1104 E. 3rd St.
Merrill, WI 54452

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