Bruce Eric Smith, 62
Eric Smith, 62, was unexpectedly ushered into the arms of his loving
Savior on Saturday, July 16, 2011.
He was born on Dec. 11, 1948, to Bernhardt and Gertrude (nee Palmer) Smith
in Houghton, Mich. Bruce graduated Houghton High School and voluntarily
joined the U.S. Marine Corps to serve his country proudly for three tours
of duty in Vietnam, honorably discharged in 1970.
He married his best friend Neldine Faye (nee Harju) on June 3, 1972 at
First Lutheran Church in Dollar Bay, Mich.
Bruce began his career in bakery management and spent the majority of his
career in the sales of bakery and food products. He worked for companies
including Angeli Foods in Iron River, Mich., Pick ’n Save in West Bend
formally known as Prescott's Super Valu, Sysco in Jackson and Venture
Marketing in Menomonee Falls, retiring in 2010. Bruce loved his work and
mostly enjoyed mentoring and training others young in their careers. He
was loved by many for his sense of humor and caring nature.
Bruce is survived by his wife Neldine; children Michael (Theresa) Smith,
Michelle (Joel) Kionka and Jamie (Todd) Ceman; his pride and joy were his
grandchildren Ella and Melody Smith, Ashlynn and Lucas Kionka, and Kennedy
and Zoey Ceman. He is also survived by his sister Trudi (Frank) Newhouse;
brothers Ben (Mary) and Robert (Barbara) Smith. He is further survived by
nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Bernhard and Gertrude Smith and
sister Jackie Kemper.
Funeral services for Bruce will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011 at
Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1044 S. Silverbrook Drive, West Bend with
Pastor Darin Wiebe officiating. Visitation will be at the church on
Thursday, July 21, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Private interment will be held.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff in the
E.R. Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend for their
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, 338-2050,