Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2015, at the age of 69. Mike was raised on the family farm in Waukesha by the late William F. and Ruth (Rademacker) Smith with siblings Charles (deceased) and Judy (Brian) Evans. He excelled in athletics and was a schoolboy legend in baseball, football and wrestling. Blessed with a brilliant mind, Mike graduated at 16.

He married his true love, Carol Ann Page, at 19 and held her close for the next 50 years. They raised children Ruth (Kevin) Crouse, Rebecca (Ron) Kujawa (deceased), Jennifer (Jon) Vallier, William (Sara), Michael “Chip” and Margaret (Shannon) Eldridge.

Mike called himself “just a builder,” but his legacy as an entrepreneur and construction executive will last long for those he helped, worked with and mentored. His Christian faith and building expertise led him on many mission trips around the U.S., Central America and Africa. Mike found deep joy taking care of his hobby farm in Pewaukee with Carol and his grandchildren Brita, Ben, Amalia, Robert, Viktor, Emma, Millie, Heidi, Patience, Charlie, Lilly, Sophia, Adlai, Soren, Graham, Savannah, Caroline and Morgan. Mike was a strong, kind man, the Smith family cornerstone and a steadfast friend to many.

A celebration of his life will take place Sunday, Nov. 15, at First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa, 1511 Church St. Visitation will be at 2:30 p.m.; service at 4 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 E. Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066, is serving the family. For more information, call 262-5674457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.