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In Memory of Kevin J. Smith


5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson

Kevin James Smith, age 61 of Hudson, died peacefully October 9, 2015 at a Brotoloc Care Facility in New Richmond.  

Kevin was born on January 14, 1954 in Hudson, the son of Bob and Betty (Grady) Smith. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1972. Kevin grew up working in his father’s restaurant, Bob Smith’s Sports Club. Kevin, his brother Dana, and their father worked long hours alongside one another at the restaurant. In 1981, Kevin was united in marriage to Patty Lee. The couple was blessed with a daughter, Lindsey, but the marriage would later dissolve. On August 16, 1992, Kevin married Cindy Kirchner in River Falls. Kevin continued to operate his family’s restaurant until 2004 when he had a debilitating stroke.

Most of Kevin’s life revolved around the Sports Club, where he managed along with his brother, Dana, and was later joined by his wife, Cindy. When he was not at the restaurant he enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, shooting trap and playing pool. He had a deep love of Rock & Roll music, and enjoyed playing on either his drum set or guitar. After his stroke, Kevin loved to be visited by his granddaughters who clearly filled him with joy. Kevin also loved outings with his family and going for rides in his pickup truck.

Kevin will remain in the hearts of his beloved daughter, Lindsey (Nicholas) Campeau of New Richmond; granddaughters, Hailey and Hannah Campeau; wife, Cindy Smith (nee Kirchner) of Hudson; sister, Peggy Wolff of Hudson; brother, Dana (Jeanne) Smith of Hudson; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Mark; brother-in-law, Kent Wolff; and nephews, Craig Wolff, Eric Larson; great-nephews, Michael Larson and Matthew Larson.

A Celebration of Life for Kevin will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson. The family encourages everyone to wear Sports Club attire (shirts, jackets, hats, ect…) Private interment at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. Memorials are preferred.

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    • I could tell a bunch of stories about Kevin that would give everyone an insight into his personality and attributes but the tribute I have to Kevin is this; Kevin is my friend and I will never forget him.

    • I had the pleasure of knowing kevin in the 80’s and nineties and enjoyed knowing Him, he was fun and a great business owner.

    • Kevin had a great sense of humor he was always giving me the business about something or other. I remember he said to me “great gams!” i am thinking to myself what is he talking about? didn’t know whether to take that as a compliment or an insult until my mother informed me that it meant nice legs. lol so from that point on every time i saw him he would say that. We also had a dog whose brother was kevin’s dog . Great breed of hunters they were. any ways i imagine kevin and mom up in heaven laughing cuz he always made us laugh with his quick wit! we will miss you!

    • I shall always remember Kevin’s genuine personality. His frankness, kindness and sense of humor. He never pulled any punches.
      He cared deeply for his friends and even more, family.
      I find myself blessed for knowing Kevin, he truly was a great friend and taught me what that means.
      We will miss you my friend, thank you for always being there for all of us.