Garvin ‘Stretch’ Smith


July 26, 1931 - Dec. 28, 2012



Garvin “Stretch” Smith, born in Hawi, Hawaii, on July 26, 1931 and gave his final Aloha on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at the age of 81.


He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Virginia “Ginny” Smith. He was the brother of William, Reidar and Elwood Smith and proud father of Laura Smith of Neenah, Dick (Debbie) Smith of Springfield, Ill., Sandy Cunningham (John Lockwood) of Colgate, Glen (Becky) Smith of Plymouth and Charlie (Lisa) Smith of Mukwonago. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Jamie (Chris) Popham, Andy (Stacy) Smith, Ryan Cunningham, Adam and Kalani Smith, Delaney, Tyler and Valerie Smith; great-grandchildren, Maelynn and Kinlee Smith; ohana and friends in Hawaii and on the mainland.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Jennie (Uaia) Smith, and sister, Marlene Costa.


Garvin was a proud 1949 graduate of Kamehameha School for Boys in Honolulu, where he served as class president and made lifelong friends and ohana. He graduated from Carroll College in 1953 and had been a faithful advocate for and supporter of Carroll throughout his life. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and was employed for 38 years and retired from Textile Kraft/Tekra Corp. in New Berlin. Together Garvin and Ginny raised their family in Neenah and retired in Waukesha.


To call Stretch an avid sports fan would be an understatement. He enjoyed success as an athlete throughout the years, but his passion was both in coaching and supporting any and all sporting events. Stretch was inducted into the Carroll College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979, and was honored in April 2012 as a distinguished alumnus.


A memorial service for Stretch will be held in the Humphrey Memorial Chapel at Carroll University on Sunday, Jan. 13. Visitation starts at 2 p.m., with the memorial service at 3 p.m. and reception to follow. The family requests that you wear a Hawaiian shirt or dress if possible.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Garvin and Virginia Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund at Carroll University.


Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.


Aloha ‘Oe