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Gregory Arthur Smith, 75

Gregory Arthur Smith, 75, of 3325 Teton Drive, died Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at his home.

Greg was born Sept. 17, 1948, in Austin, Minnesota, to Edmund E. and Maxiene J. Smith. He was the third of nine children and cherished being part of a large family. He attended St. Augustine Elementary School and Pacelli High School in Austin. Though he would readily admit he was not much of a scholar in his youth, he found academic success at Austin Junior College and later Mankato State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Greg met his wife, Paula, while attending Mankato State. They married on April 12, 1969, at the Convent of the Sisters of Saint Francis, St. Augustine Parish, in Austin. They spent 42 years deeply devoted to each other until Paula’s death in 2011. Greg often reminisced about his love for Paula and the good times they shared.

After college, Greg and his family returned to Austin, where he began his career in the newspaper business as an advertising salesman at the Austin Daily Herald, where his father worked as a publisher. Greg’s newspaper career took him to Blissfield, Michigan; Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; Portage, Wisconsin; and back to Chippewa Falls. He progressed from ad salesman to ad manager, business manager, general manager, and finally, publisher. He completed his career at Krause Publications in Iola, Wisconsin. He and Paula built a beautiful home surrounded by gardens in nearby Stevens Point. Greg always said Paula was the gardener, but he worked hard to maintain the gardens in her memory.

Greg cherished his family, prioritizing time with his son, Morgan, daughter, Sloan, and his grandchildren. He maintained close relationships with his siblings, nieces, and nephews and enjoyed trips back to Minnesota for holidays and gatherings.

Greg was a lifelong friend to many, always willing to help those in need. His friendships spanned from elementary school to college and throughout his career, including his neighborhood on Teton Drive. He volunteered for various organizations, including United Way, Rotary Club, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity, and participated in many activities at his children’s schools. Greg was also a regular blood donor, sharing his time and talents with many, even those he never met.

Known for his sense of humor, Greg loved to make others laugh with jokes, clever words, and humorous poems, stories, and songs. He also enjoyed a good vulgarity, skillfully incorporating salty expressions into conversation. Greg loved sports, both playing and watching, and most enjoyed events with family and friends.

Greg had a special bond with his pets, including Schnauzer Suki and his Scottish terrier friends: Lady, Maxie, Darby, and Murphy, who brought him constant companionship and joy.

Greg is survived by his son, Morgan Smith (partner Ann Tran) and grandson Odin Smith of Robbinsdale, Minnesota; daughter Sloan (Michael) Miller and granddaughters Sydney, Allison, and Madelyn Miller of Janesville, Wisconsin; siblings Michael (Christine) Smith of Rochester, Minnesota, Mary Ellen (Myron) Daniel of Charles City, Iowa, Colleen (Jack) Johnston of Oneonta, Alabama, Kimberly (Cindy) Smith of Pickerington, Ohio, Teresa (Joe) Rajkowski of Stanchfield, Minnesota, Danielle (Bruce) Heiny of Austin, Minnesota, Christopher (Mara) Smith of Rochester, Minnesota, and Gabrielle Smith (partner Julie Doherty) of Minneapolis; and numerous cherished nieces, nephews, and brothers- and sisters-in-law. Family was Greg’s top priority.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Maxiene Smith; wife, Paula Smith; nephew, Kurt McDowell; nieces, Jeanna Elston and Hannah Goldstein; father-in-law, Merle Horswell; and mother-in-law, Rose Huse.

A memorial service will be held on Aug. 9, 2024, in Austin, Minn. Additional details will be provided later. Shuda Funeral Home is handling the Stevens Point arrangements, and Worlein Funeral Home is handling the Austin arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials in Greg’s honor be made to your local Humane Society or the American Cancer Society.