In Memory: Louis Robert Smith

Louis Smith
Louis Smith

Louis Robert Smith

Louis Robert Smith, age 82, of Milaca, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2015, with his family by his side. He was born in St. Paul on November 25, 1932, and as a child, he moved with his family to Foreston, Minnesota. He bravely served in the U.S. Army for three years. After his discharge from the service, he married Mary Polson. The couple made their home in New Brighton for 45 years. Louis worked as an over-the-road truck driver until he retired at age 50. After his retirement, they moved to Milaca, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He loved his lake home where he spent many summer weekends with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Nellie (McLean) Smith; stepfathers, August Koch and Frank Striker; also by sisters and brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews.
He is survived by wife of 57 years, Mary; children, Patti (Jim) Bohnen, Mary Lou (Randy) Cowan, Cheryl (Mike) Ziegler; seven grandchildren, Jeff Cowan, Melissa (Blake) Bockwoldt, Christy (Matt) Collins, Rick Bohnen, Stacey Cowan (Jason Pantlin), Brian Cowan, and Joe Bohnen; four great-grandchldren, Madison and Morgan Collins, Olivia Pantlin, and Reed Bockwoldt; cousin, Vernon (Delores) Quam; and also by many other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held on March 1 at Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca. On March 2 visitation and funeral services were held at Milaca United Methodist Church with Pastor Joyce Slostad officiating. Interment followed at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca. Arranged by Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca, www.pjfuneralhome.com.

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