Clarence E. Smith

March 25, 1933 - Jan. 11, 2007

Clarence E. Smith, 73, of Watertown and formerly of Hartland, passed away Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital of cancer.

Clarence was born in Terre Haute, Ind., on March 25, 1933, the son of Clarence L. Smith and Betty M. (Lancaster) Reynolds. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, after which he moved to Milwaukee to work on the Milwaukee Railroad. He married M. Joan Royer on July 14, 1956, at St. Patrickís Church in Terre Haute.

Clarence was a longtime employee of the Milwaukee Road, where he was a welder and later attained the rank of sergeant on the Milwaukee Road Police Department for 18 years. He then worked as a welder at Generac Corp. until his retirement.

Clarence was a member of St. Bernardís Catholic Church of Watertown since 1998, where he served as greeter and usher. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Hartland from 1971 to 1998. He coached varsity soccer at Arrowhead High School for seven years and was one of the founders of the WISA Soccer Referee Association. He served on the school board for Bark River Elementary School for three years. He was a life member of Watertown American Legion Post 189. Clarence was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed all sports. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, M. Joan Smith; three sons, David and Christopher of Jefferson and Michael (Jennifer) of Hartland; and a daughter, Diane Beck of Hartford. He raised three nieces and three nephews, Jan (Michael) Shadid of Nashotah, Michele (Kevin) Owens of Terre Haute, Karla (Paul) Buerger of Janesville, Richard King of Oconomowoc, James King of West Allis and Joseph (Karen) King of Jackson. Clarence is also survived by four grandchildren, Brittany and Danielle Beck, Savanah Smith and Michael Smith; and three step-grandchildren, Nicholas, Steven and Karen McDermott. He was "Papa" to Krystal and Kyle King, Kelley Keller, Logan, Darian and Chynna Owens, Ashley Luczak, Evan Hart-King, Mark Ellis and Katie Buerger. He is also survived by one brother, Wesley (Lavon) Smith of New Ulm, Minn., and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Janice King and Carolyn Lee Schooley; and a brother, James Smith.

Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Monday, Jan. 15, at St. Bernardís Catholic Church in Watertown. The Rev. Bernard Rott of St. Henry Catholic Church will officiate.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service, (920) 261-3439, is serving the family.