Arnold "Smitty" L. Smith, July 18, 1936 - July 21, 2020

Arnold "Smitty" L. Smith
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Arnold L. “Smitty” Smith, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Smitty was born on July 18, 1936 in Thorp, WI to Lawrence and Sophie (Wojydla) Smith. He graduated from Thorp High School in 1954. He went to work for Lip’s Construction Co. installing telephone wire in 1955 and continued until April 7, 1964. He worked at Holiday Shell Station for Daryl Dehnke for several years, Northland Homes, Road Track & Trail for many years and most recently worked at Royal Construction, where he retired in 2003. Smitty married Evonne “Vonnie” Hanson in 1960 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. Of this union three sons were born, Brent in 1961, Craig in 1964, and Darin in 1969.

He was a great fixer-upper and helped everyone who needed any help. He enjoyed working and was always busy. In the last couple of years, he could no longer do things he enjoyed and this drove him crazy. He totally enjoyed his lake home on Lake Eau Claire, where he could really relax and drink his Pabst Blue Ribbon. He loved John Deere Tractors.

Smitty is survived by his wife, Evonne; sons, Brent (Kathy), Craig, Darin; grandson, Brenden (Xee), two sisters, Loretta Biederstedt of North Dakota, Marge (Chet) Siudak of Florida; two sisters in law, Sandi Matsch of Ellsworth, Jan Opelt of Neillsville; and many nieces, nephews and many many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Sophie Smith; sister, Maryanne Rokusek; and brothers in law, Jim Rokusek and Russel Biederstedt.

Funeral service will take place at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Hulke Family Funeral Home. Visitation will take place from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Due to the current pandemic, social distancing and face masks are highly encouraged. Private family burial will take place at Rest Haven Cemetery, Town of Washington, at a later time.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.  


  1. David parrett August 3, 2020

    I was very sorry to hear of Smitty’s recent passing. My heart goes out to all of you. Cherish all the memories you made over a lifetime

  2. Sharon and Dick Shea July 29, 2020

    Sympathy to your family

  3. Michelle Bassett-Shermo July 28, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear this. I remember your dad well! The workbench he built for my first home in Menomonie was amazing! I am thinking about all of you! Michelle

  4. Wade Dehnke July 28, 2020

    My deepest condolences to the Smith family. We are so sorry for your loss. Smitty was a wonderful guy, funny, outgoing and was always willing to give a helping hand whenever someone needed it and never asked for anything in return... well except Maybe for a beer or two.
    He will be truly missed by so many.... I am very sorry we couldn’t attend his celebration of life today....

    With love from the Dehnke family

  5. Paula Kassera July 28, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing Craig. My heart goes out to you and your family. You dad was a wonderful man who loved his family. I so enjoyed the wonderful stories that you would tell me about him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

  6. Wally and Judy Stuckert July 27, 2020

    Craig and Darwin
    We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.
    Thinking of you both.
    Take care.

  7. Premium Lawn Service, LLC July 27, 2020

    My condolences to the family of Smitty. The times that he would come to the office were fun. He always wanted to bargain and always had something funny to say. He will be missed.

  8. Rick Cartwright July 26, 2020

    My condolences to Vonnie Brent Craig Darin.What a wonderful man Smitty was.Back in 1975 when a car would pull in at Spoke&Sport gun the motor and shut down Smitty would run for the door and say My folks are here!He gave me a lot of great advice for which I am eternally grateful.Godspeed Smitty!

  9. Sally Slota Swenson July 26, 2020

    I remember him as Arnie...his obit brought back many childhood memories of his wonderful family. Some people we never forget even if we haven’t kept in sympathy is extended to all

  10. Kathy and Orv Jonsrud July 24, 2020

    Our deepest sympathies on Smitty's passing. So many great memories of the precious time with Smitty and his family. We celebrate his well lived life, and I bet he and my Dad are already doing projects together in heaven.

  11. Harry and Pat Harvey July 23, 2020

    We are so sad for your great loss. Al was a wonderful, kind, generous, fun loving, all around great guy. He will be missed by so many.