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Bruce B. Smith

March 17, 2024 | 5 comments

Bruce B. Smith, 74, of Onalaska, passed away March 14th, 2024, in his home.

He was born January 10, 1950 to Melvin E. and Ardith J. Smith. He was married to Lil Smith (Wittig), July 16, 1977 in North Hollywood, California. He left Wisconsin when he married Lil to live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for 14 years before returning back to Wisconsin July 19, 1991.

He served with the United States Air force. As a military veteran, he was a life time member of the Onalaska American Legion Post #336 and served as a Sons of the American Legion Commander as well as other positions. He took part in both State and National levels for the American Legion as well as the Sons of the American Legion. He was a Voyageur member of the 40/8 through the American Legion in La Crosse County.

He was a past Sunfish Days President for the local city annual festival in Onalaska, Wisconsin.

He was a Professional driver across all of North America with millions of miles driven with semi, bus and taxi. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren doing a variety of activities. He enjoyed fishing and camping with family and entered many fishing tournaments in Alberta, Canada. He loved military airplanes and even enjoyed flying his model airplanes. He was a volunteer with the Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Police Department for several years. He was a hunting guide in Alberta, Canada. He loved playing various card games and enjoyed watching old westerns with his father and listened to audio books while traveling.

Bruce is survived by his wife Lil Smith, his children and grandchildren; Angela (Brett) Luoma, AriAnna Jo (Peter); Sean (Tammy) Smith, Spencer, Tiffany, Brady, Robert; Michelle (Mark) Hadley, Mark Jr. (Sadie), Monty, Mercedez; Kelvin (Kerrie) Smith, Aurora; Jonathan (Andie) Smith, Lincoln, Alexandra, Cameron; and many great-grandchildren. Also his brothers and sister; Barry (Dolores) Smith, Brian (Cathy) Smith, Cheryl Smith, Dale (Dawn) Smith.

Bruce was preceded in Death by his parents Melvin E. and Ardith J. Smith, 2 brothers Cary Smith and Aaron Smith, 1 brother-in-law Terry Smith, 1 great-granddaughter Alma Meyer.

A special thank you to Inclusa, St. Croix Hospice and the V.A.; also an extra special thank you to Jen and Jenna from Inclusa; Ron from the VA; Heidi, Brooklyn, Grace and Chaplain Kris from St. Croix Hospice; for their exceptional care given to Bruce over the past several years.

In Lieu of Flowers, Bruce wanted donations to assist veterans in memory of him to Tunnel to Towers Foundation (; e-cards to be sent to

His memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm on Friday, March 22, 2024 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, WI by Chaplain Kris.  Visitation will take place immediately following the service until 8:00 pm on Friday.  Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.

Burial will be held the following day Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the Onalaska Cemetery at 1 pm. Friends and Family are invited after the burial to join at the American Legion Post #336 in Onalaska, Wisconsin at 2:30 pm for a luncheon.



  1. Mary Wittig

    Bruce you were alway a big teddy bear. Someone that loved life. We played games well into the next day or early mornings those were good days. Had many good times with you and the family.

  2. Sherry wittig

    I am very sorry for your loss Bruce was loved by many

  3. Ronald hanenberger

    I am so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for all of the family,

  4. Nikki

    Bruce you will be missed very much! I have many fond memories with you and your family. I hope you and my Grandpa run into each other in Heaven but don’t cause too much trouble up there… Sending big hugs to Lil and the whole family

  5. Kyra Salow

    Rob and I are so beyond sorry for your loss. Bruce was an exceptional man with a heart of gold. His infectious smile and laugh always turned my days around. I will forever miss him talking to Libby and Quinn from the gate in the backyard. Watching him play with the grandkids brought so much joy to our lives. The stories he told were magnificent and I will forever cherish those memories.

    He may not physically be here anymore, but he will continue watching over the entire family.

    Lil – if you need anything and we mean anything please don’t hesitate to get ahold of us. Our hearts are broken after hearing the news. Take the time you need to grieve your loss and just remember he will always be here to guide you through all the obstacles life may throw your way.

    With lots of love,

    Kyra & Rob


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