Merrill Smith

Date of Death: Dec 24, 2020
Merrill Smith

1927 - 2020

Merrill W. Smith, 93, of Waupun, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at the Christian Homestead in Waupun.

Merrill was born March 25, 1927 in La Farge, WI, the son of Holly Sr. and Pearl Henthorn Smith. On September 6, 1950 he married Norma A. Novy at First Congregational Church in Hillsboro. They enjoyed a wonderful 68 years of marriage until Norma’s passing in 2019. Merrill was very proud to serve his country in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. After returning from the war, he worked for the Hillsboro and North Eastern Railway Company in Hillsboro. In 1952 they moved to Waupun where he began his 35-year career with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Merrill loved to hunt, golf, and tinker with just about everything.

Merrill is survived by three sons: Steven (Nancy) Smith of Murrysville, PA, Richard (Lori) Smith of Waupun, and Thomas (Paula) Smith of Menasha; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Norma; three brothers: Floyd, Myron, and Holly Jr. Smith; two sisters: Phyllis Johnson and Berdyne Bray; and his grandson, Scott Smith.

Private Service/Burial

In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the family has decided on a private funeral service at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home with Rev. Robert G. Sherwood officiating. Interment will be Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Union-Congregational Church in Waupun would be appreciated.

Special Thanks

The family wishes to thank Agnesian Hospice Hope and the Christian Homestead Memory Care Facility for the wonderful care provided to Merrill.



  1. Jenni Clark Says: December 28, 2020 at 1:05 am

    Steve, Tom, and Rich

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad. It was a honour and privilege to be able to care for him as his nurse. He would always find ways to make us laugh, We miss his smiling face, quirky personality, and his conversations. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this difficult time, may you find peace that he is now free, in a better place, and with the love of his life. I will miss seeing you guys come in to visit him, you were all so easy to get along with and confident in the knowledge of the nursing staff and their suggestions and care given to him. God bless you all during the holiday season.
    Jenni Clark

  2. Steve, Richard, Tom & Families
    We wish time spent with those we love could last forever. In all of our hearts it will. He shall be missed.
    With sympathy in your loss.
    Love, Mary

  3. Desiree Brusco Says: December 29, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Joe and I are very sorry to hear the loss of your Dad, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Nancy and your family.

    Joe and Desi

  4. Steve, Rich, Tommy, So sorry to hear about your Dad. He was so liked by everyone in the family. My mom always had a soft spot in her heart for him. Mom told me how close the two of them were growing up. I wear the ring your Dad gave to my mom. She so enjoyed their talks on the phone reminiscing about growing up in LaFarge, and all the fun times they had. This year has been hard for our family. My heart goes out to you.

  5. Smith boys, and family, your dad, and grandpa, and I had many many years together at the Academy in Oshkosh. He was a true friend and one of a kind corrections professional. He remains in my heart forever. I am thankful that our life’s paths crossed.

  6. Jim Rehrauer Says: December 31, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Smith family. I was sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I knew him for a long time. Having had many contacts with him while we both worked in corrections. He was always a courteous nice guy both at work and in the community. He will be missed. Best wishes to the family.
    Jim & Ruth Rehrauer

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