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Nick E. Smith

February 20, 1944 ~ April 5, 2022 (age 78)


Nick Esher Smith, 78, left this world on April, 5, 2022, in the care of Aspirus Hospice House. Nick was born in Ashland, PA, on February 20, 1944, to Wendell and Regina (Butler) Smith. In 1959, they moved to Waukesha, WI. While attending Carroll University, he met his wife-to-be, Gail Jacobi. They were married for almost 55 years. Nick worked 34 years in several positions at Wausau Insurance, excelling at Directing HMO Development.

Nick was a very caring person to many – transporting friends, shopping and making soup for all. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Wausau, serving as a Deacon and Elder numerous terms, and singing in the choir. He was the Christmas angel!

Music was a huge part of Nick’s life, sharing many good times with dear friends and family sing-a-longs. When he wasn’t singing and playing his guitar, he was reading or fishing. The first Saturday in May was a religious holiday!

He was a wonderful and loving father to Wendy (Luke) Coenen, Hatley, WI, Stephanie (Michael) Mille, Appleton, WI, and Jennifer (Mark) Nelson, Appleton, WI. He was cherished by each of his wonderful grandchildren, Jacob, Vincent and Kate Coenen, Allison and Michael Mille, Garrett and Natalie Fisher, and Clayton and Cohen, Dylan and Aaron Nelson.

Humor was perfected by Nick! A friend once said, “He had an inappropriate story for every occasion!”

Nick was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Wendy, and his favorite uncle, Vincent Butler. A celebration of his life will be held, April 18, 2022, at 2:00, at The First Presbyterian Church, 406 Grant Street, Wausau, WI 54403, following a visitation time with family and friends, from 12-2 in the sanctuary.

Brainard Funeral Home of Weston is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church (address above), Good News Project, 1106 5th Street, Wausau, WI 54403 or Aspirus Hospice House, 333 Pine Ridge Blvd., Wausau, WI 54401

Be a help to others and keep a smile on your face, in honor of Nick.




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