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In Memory of Chris D. Smith


5-8PM - Wednesday, March 22 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

Funeral Services

11AM - Thursday, March 23 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson

Christopher D. Smith, age 58, lifelong Hudson, WI resident, passed away on March 19, 2017 at his home in Hudson, surrounded by his loving family, after a battle with cancer. 

Chris was born on June 25, 1958 in St. Paul, MN to David and Mary (Parslow) Smith. He grew up in Hudson, attending St. Patrick’s Catholic School, and practically grew up on the water of the St. Croix River. As a young boy, Chris had an incredible intelligence. He was known to read the encyclopedias cover to cover, and come to school the next day astounding his teachers with what he knew. Even though he was a smart child, when he played, he played hard. He loved getting down in the dirt playing and fixing things, and was a pretty mischievous character. In 1976, he graduated from Hudson High School. 

On July 7, 2007, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary J. Adickes in Lake Tahoe, CA. His adventurous spirit took them zip-lining and boating, despite Mary’s fear of heights and the water. They enjoyed the outdoors together and loved cars, the classics and the “fast ones.” In 2011, he began a career with Koch Companies as a Maintenance Shop Supervisor, a career and company that he absolutely loved. His work ethic was indescribable, and even if he wasn’t working, he had work on his mind, constantly thinking about parts and deliveries up until his last days. 

He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Nascar fan, loved hunting, and was a history buff through and through. Above everything though, he was a family man. He was a hopeless romantic with Mary, and loved spoiling her and giving her funny anniversary gifts. He cherished time spent with his grandkids, who always put a big smile on his face.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Megan (Matt) Blanton of New Richmond, WI; step-daughter, Laura (Jason) Schroeder of Norwood, MN, step-sons, Kevin Laxen of Eden Prairie, MN, and Travis (Tammy) Laxen of New Richmond, WI; mother, Mary E. Smith; sisters: Teresa (Jeff) Anderson of Hudson, WI, Stephanie (Marc) McSorley of Hudson, WI, and Beth (Ron) Houman of Hudson, WI; brothers: Greg Smith of Hudson, WI, Brian (Kim) Smith of Blaine, MN, and Ben (Dana) Smith of Portland, OR; grandchildren, Kinsley and Colton Blanton of New Richmond, WI; step-grandson, Hunter Schroeder of Norwood, MN; brothers and sisters-in-law: Bonnie (Gary) Foede, Pat (Randy) Roehl, Joan (Dick) German, and Dennis (Nancy) Adickes; along with many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his father, David Smith.

A visitation will be held from 5-8PM on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, with a visitation held one hour prior to the Mass at church. 

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    • I got to know Chris working with him at Koch Trucking. He always had a positive attitude. Funny. One great guy. The world needs more like him and he will be missed. I am sorry for the families loss but know that he will have a well deserved place in his new life. I will miss you. You are still my inspiration.

    • Chris qwas pretty quiet when we first met. He had a bundle of knowledge though that he shared with us. We enjoyed weekends and the big trip to Nevada when they got married, on 7/7/07, their lucky day, in a Denny’s Parking lot. Chris had a great sense of humor. His laugh was infectious. And best of all, about Chris, was that my BFF was so happy! Mary found her soulmate and it showed. Their faith kept them afloat. We will miss our ‘football enemy’ [which is why we didn’t visit much during the football season]. I remember our laughing at stupid stuff. Especially the ‘reclining chair’. We will miss Chris. He was one in a million and it was a privilege to know him. We will miss Chris, even if he was a Packer Fan. RIP Chris!

    • I remember working with Chris at Fleet Farm.
      He could sell those Murray lawn mowers to the Eskmo’s. He was so much fun to work with. A great guy with a laugh I can here yet. The twinkle in his eyes left a lasting impression wherever he went. Our since sympathy to the family.

    • Oh, my dear Smith Family; How we grieve for you and with you with all our Hearts and Souls!
      I commented on Arne’s site with what I feel is the same message. It was a beautiful part of Hudson that we will always cherish. A neighborhood that grew, shared and enjoyed the closeness of friendship! Our children flourished in it.
      Now that we have lost more members of this neighorhood family; we’ve got to let our hearts Believe the memories that will remain with us will be for always!!
      The Frye Family

    • Mary, our team at Berger Charlotte, is very sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. God bless.

    • I am so very sorry for your loss. Chris was loved and will be missed by many. I hope you are all finding some peace in faith and memories. One thing that will come to mind forever more was Chris’ spirited, contagious laughter which he shared wholeheartedly and could be felt as much as heard. You are in my prayers and thoughts now and always.