Eugene O. Smith, 63, Lake City

Published 10:38 am Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Eugene O. Smith, 63, of Lake City, Minn., died Dec. 22, 2012, at his home in Lake City.

Eugene O. Smith

Eugene Orville Smith was born Oct. 4, 1949, in Austin, Minn., to Orville V. and Margaret B. (Bigelow) Smith. He attended elementary and high school in Austin graduating in 1967 and then attended Austin Community College. Eugene served his country in the US Army from March 27, 1969, to March 1, 1975, after serving in the Vietnam War he moved to Minneapolis for several years. He then moved to Lake City in 1975 where he worked for his brother Kenneth at Smitty’s Marine Inc., retiring in 2011.

Eugene was a season ticket holder for the Minnesota Vikings, and was a member of the Bowling League in Lake City for several years. He enjoyed yard work, taking care of his flowers and watching the birds and animals. Eugene especially enjoyed visiting with the seasonal people at Lake Pepin Campground.

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Eugene is survived by one sister, Patricia (Thomas) Higgins of Austin; three brothers, Kevin (Sandy) Smith and Kenneth (Merri Lea) Smith, both of Lake City, and Christopher (Sherri) Smith of Woodbury, Minn.; nieces and nephews, Gina Higgins, Angela Higgins, Scott Higgins, Trina Ohde, Jennie Smith Morris, Benjamin Smith, Joshua Smith, Melinda Smith, Korissa Smith, Alexandra Smith and Nathan Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The memorial service for Eugene will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Lake City Sportsman Club in Lake City with Father Joseph Pete officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Lake City. Friends and family may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel in Lake City and one hour prior to the service at the Lake City Sportsman Club on Saturday, Jan. 12. Memorials are preferred.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, 1865 S Highway 61, PO Box 300, Lake City, MN. Guest register may be signed on line at