Alfred Al Smaxwill, 87
Aug. 8, 1929 Jan. 13, 2017
Alfred Al Smaxwill, of Grafton, passed away on Jan. 13, 2017, at Lawlis Family Hospice, in Mequon, at the age of 87 years.
Al was born on Aug. 8, 1929, in Combined Locks, the son of the late Cornelius Smaxwill and the late Lena (nee Feller) Smaxwill. He attended and graduated from Messmer High School in Milwaukee. Shortly after his graduation, Al served his country in the United States Army from March 1951, until he was honorably discharged in March 1953.
Al was united in marriage to Grace Smaxwill on Sept. 24, 1955, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Donald, Lynn and Ann.
Al worked as a truck driver for Heider & Bott Co. in Milwaukee, and after many years of hard work and dedication, Al was given the opportunity to become the sole owner and operator of the company. Al diligently worked in the plumbing wholesale business until he retired in 2006.
Al was a true outdoorsman who loved spending time at their family lake home in both Bear Lake as well as Door County. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, logging and selling firewood to the tourists who came to the Door County area. Al will be best remembered for his zest for life, his gift of gab, as well as his wonderful sense of humor. Al is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Grace Smaxwill; his beloved daughter, Ann Smaxwill; grandchildren, Jillian Griffel, Alan Stoller, Justin Smaxwill, Matthew Kulczyski and Kayla Kulczyski; siblings, Robert (Marian) Smaxwill, Mary (Dan) Flasch and Neal (Fran) Smaxwill; as well as sister-in-law, Therese Livermore. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. Al was preceded in death by his two children, Donald and Lynn Smaxwill, and brother, John Smaxwill.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church (715 6th Ave.), Grafton. He will be in state at the church, on Friday, from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Rev. Paul Bulgerin will officiate the funeral service, with full military honors to be performed by the United States Army, following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Grace Lutheran Church or to the charity of your choice are appreciated. Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of Grafton is assisting the family. Please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com to view the Alfred Smaxwill video tribute or to send online condolences to the Smaxwill Family.