Eugene W. “Gene” Smith, age 97 of Downing, WI died Sunday April 16, 2017 at Mayo Clinic and Health Systems in Menomonie, WI.

Gene was born August 8, 1919 in Downing, WI to Clyde and Alice (Willis) Smith. He spent his entire life in the Downing  area graduating from the Downing High School in 1937. He went to work for Armour Co until going into farming with his dad. Gene married Doris Keck November 25, 1950 and in 1959 he worked at the Mobil Oil Co delivering oil products in Downing, Knapp and the surrounding area. A short time later he sold his truck and Mobil equipment and went back to farming and driving school bus. One morning the superintendant asked him to come to work full time for the school and he stayed for 27 years. Gene and Doris enjoyed traveling spending 10 winters in Texas. Later on he was asked now that they weren’t heading south anymore what did they do and he responded we just sit and look at each other. Which is not quite true. He enjoyed working in his shop making miniature tractors, cars, trucks and trains. Randy nicknamed him G.G. for Generous Gene because he gave away most everything he made.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents, wife Doris in 2013, brothers Orval and George and Sister Margel Gullickson.

Gene is survived by two daughters and one son: Christeen (Larry) Burton of Forest Lake, MN, Spring (Valgene) Schutts of Boyceville, WI and Randy (Yvonne) Smith of Mendota, IL; grandchildren: Tim (Tilly) Burton of North Branch, MN, Joshua Schutts of San Diego, CA, Lance (Tracy) Schutts of TX, Kent Schutts of Boyceville, WI, April (Daniel) Lopez of Virginia and Eric (Emma) Smith of IL; and 12 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 the The United Methodist Church in Downing, WI with Reverend Jan Beutin officiating. Burial will be in the Mound Cemetery Downing, WI. 

Friends may call on Thursday April 20, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City and one hour prior to services Friday at church.

Gene was well liked by many and it’s hard to put into words how he will be missed. Gene always said he wanted to live his life so the minister wouldn’t have to lie in his eulogy. Gene did just that!