Johnie E. Smack, age 53, of Beaver Dam, died Monday, June 2, 2008 at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.
Visitation for Johnie will be at the Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Friday, June 6, 2008 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. A service celebrating Johnie”s life will follow at the funeral home on Friday, beginning at 6:00 PM with John Burgbacher officiating. Military honors will be provided by the John E. Miller American Legion Post #146, at the funeral home on Friday, at 7:00 PM. Cremation will follow.
Johnie E. Smack was born on April 13, 1955 in Lewes, Delaware to the late Albert and Doris (Wade) Smack. He is a veteran of the United States Army having served with the 82nd Airborne Division. On May 30, 1981, Johnie was united in marriage with Dawn Oppermann in Ridge Manor, Florida. In 1982, he began working at Alliance Laundry in Ripon and he also bartended at Rough Cut Saloon in Coloma; he loved to socialize with the customers. Johnie”s hobbies were camping, deer hunting and fishing. He dabbled in mechanical jobs and electrical work but he was best at being a father, grandfather, husband and friend.
Survivors include his wife, Dawn Smack of Beaver Dam, four children, Kevin (Melissa) Price of Brodhead, Jim Smack of Cedar Springs, Michigan, Angela Smack of Beaver Dam and Tammy (Nick) Batchelder of Beaver Dam, eight grandchildren, Brayden, Ariel, Paige, Shawn, Isaiah, Riese, Hailey, and Michaela, his brother and sisters Joan (Bill) Millman, Cece Leffett, Terry (Jackie) Smack and Nancy (Billy Ray) Jenkins, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Barnard and Carol Oppermann of Waupun, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws, Thomas Oppermann, David (Dominique) Oppermann, Deb Oppermann, Sue Hembrook, Ken (Catie) Oppermann and Brian (Karie) Oppermann, his special friend, Dave (Vicky) Peachey, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Johnie was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, a nephew and a sister-in-law.
The family suggests that memorials be made in Johnie Smack”s name to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or Paul Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center at UW Hospital, 600 N Highland Ave in Madison.
The Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made on our website at www.MurrayFH.com.
Friday, June 6th, 2008, 6:00pm