FRANCIS W. (JACK) SMITH
Francis W. (Jack) Smith, 98, of Burnsville Minn., passed away at the N.C. Little Memorial Hospice in Edina Minn., on Sept. 23, 2019.
Jack was born on Aug. 4, 1921, in Sewal, Iowa, to Edward L. and Coral D. Smith. He graduated from Corydon High School in 1939 and attended the University of Iowa where he met Maxine Slaughter, the love of his life and wife of over 50 years.
Jack enlisted in the Navy in 1942. He and Maxine were married July 23, 1944, in Grand Mound, Iowa, shortly before Jack sailed to the South Pacific. Lt. Smith served as the supply officer for the USS Bladen, an attack transport ship. During the next two years the Bladen participated in the campaigns of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and in port at Saipan, Guam, Tulagi, New Caledonia, the Philippines, Pearl Harbor and Japan.
After being discharged from the Navy, Jack completed his degree at the University of Iowa, taught high school in Selma, Iowa, for one year and then moved to Keokuk in 1948 to accept a purchasing position with Hoerner Boxes Inc. Jack and Maxine resided in Keokuk until 1968 when Hoerner Boxes merged with Waldorf Paper Co. and Jack was transferred to St. Paul Minnesota. Jack retired from the successor company Champion International as Vice-President, Administration and Purchasing, in 1985 after 38 years of service.
In retirement Jack and Maxine spent many happy and rewarding days with family and friends at their lake cabin in Minnesota and spent winters at their condo in Florida. Jack especially enjoyed his three children, six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. For many years Jack also enjoyed the special companionship of his dog, Ethel.
Jack was predeceased by his parents; wife Maxine; brother Lee and his wife Opal; and nephew Roger.
He is survived by his children: Steve (Nancy), Patti Stevens (Wayne) and Jim (Bonnie); grandchildren: Libby Smith, Katie Dillow (Chuck), Ann Williams (Matt),Joe Stevens (Annie), Emily Thomson (Jon) and Mark Smith (Becky); step grandchild Jeff Bennett; great-grandchildren: Sophia, Maia, Cora, Hunter, Holton, Julia, Abbie, Olivia, Sam, Luella, Mason and Avery; and niece Sally Manhard (Elgin).
Jack requested there be no public service. He will be interred at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis Minn. Memorials may be made to N.C. Little Memorial Hospice, 7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina MN 55435.