Lincoln Delos Smith, age 94, of Colgate, WI, formerly of Port Washington, WI, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital.
He was born February 12, 1926 in Port Washington, the son of Captain Oliver Herbert and Leota Cooley Smith. Watch a slideshow of his life: https://youtu.be/pVCIY-sTEVs
He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1944 and served his country in the United States Navy and later in the Wisconsin National Guard. He never saw combat as the “Germans and Japanese gave up,” he would say, “when they found out he was about to enter the war.”
On April 12th, 1952, Lincoln married Maxine “Max” Louise Keller of Manitowoc, WI. In Port Washington, they raised a family of three boys, Dana, Kirby, and Brian. Maxine preceded him in death on January 5, 1991, after sharing a wonderful 39 years together.
On May 25th, 1997, Lincoln married another wonderful woman, Donna Spangenberg Szudajski of Milwaukee. They shared another 23 wonderful years together.
Lincoln’s long and full life was filled with love, work, study, and adventure.
His first job was, “to take the gunk off the hooks used to catch the lake trout.” For this, he received a penny per hundred from his father, Oliver. Later he tended nets, fished and worked for Smith Bros. Fisheries. After taking the GI Bill and graduating from Carroll College as an accountant, he worked for Smith Bros’ numerous businesses as President managing the office, until retiring in 1988.
Lincoln, with many family and friends, loved to sail, boat, water ski, snowmobile, have fish boils with neighbors, and lobster bakes at the family cottage in Door County. And travel. Lincoln visited all 50 states and much of the world. One of his grandest adventures with Donna was a round the world cruise. Other adventures at age 89 included zip lining down the Las Vegas strip and flying to Ireland to witness his granddaughter graduate from high school.
His memberships include Ozaukee Lodge #17 Free and Accepted Mason in Port Washington, where he served as Worshipful Master. Lincoln was also very active (Donna says, “He did not just join a group, he participated.”) in the Order of the Eastern Star, Milwaukee Tripoli Shrine, Masonic Seafarers, Long Riders, Royal Order of the Jesters, Hillbillies, Royal Order Of Scotland, Red Cross of Constantine, and the Scottish Rite. He was a longtime board member of the Port Washington Union Cemetery Association, administrator of the Evelyn Smith Memorial Scholarship fund, member of Rotary International, and long-time supporter of the First Congregational Church of Port Washington.
He is survived by his wife Donna, his children Dana (Carol) Smith of Belgium, WI; Kirby (Sherri) Smith of Las Vegas; and Brian (Konnie) Smith of Rochester, MN; Donna’s sons Blaine Szudajski of Milwaukee, WI, and Lowell (Ellen) Szudajski of Branson, MO. Six grandchildren Richard and Bethany, Eric and Mallory, Alexandra and Lauren; and eight great-grandchildren Ian, Evelyn and Cordelia; Collin, Jaden, Trent, Dominic, and Malcom. Lincoln is further survived by his brother Daniel Smith of Punta Gorda, FL, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and good friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife Maxine, his sister Virginia Haack, his brother Herbert “Bert”, and his granddaughter-in-law Catherine and granddaughter Ciara Madeline.
Services will be recorded and made available to view online after they have been held.
Services will be held (and video recorded) October 10, 2020 at the Poole Funeral Home, 203 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI. The family will receive relatives and friends from 11AM – 12:45PM. The service will commence at 1PM, including a Masonic Funeral Rite by his Brothers of Ozaukee Lodge #17 F&AM.
Interment will take place at the Union Cemetery in Port Washington, following the services.
Due to Covid-19, Poole Funeral Home shall provide a recorded record of the service and interment to view online after they have been held. Please take advantage of this service. If you do come in person, Covid-19 recommendations will be followed. Masks are required, practice social distancing. The family thanks you in advance. Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262/284-4431.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to either the Shriners Hospital for Children (www.shrinershosptialsforchildren.org) or the Evelyn C. Smith Memorial Scholarship (for graduates going into nursing) via the Port Washington High School (https://www.porthighscholarship.org/scholarships/).