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Avery J. Smith

Avery J. Smith

November 29, 2019

Avery J. Smith, 86, of Altoona, passed away Friday, November 29, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

He was born September 24, 1933, in Wauwatosa, WI, the son Avery and Inga (Johnson) Smith.  Avery graduated from Eau Claire Memorial and served his country in U.S. Army as a tank operator for three years until his honorable discharge. 

In 1958, Avery married LaVonne Garton in Eau Claire and they had three children.  Avery worked for the Eau Claire Press Company for over 30 years until his retirement. 

His hobbies included fishing and golfing with his friends, and most of all spending time with his only granddaughter, Samantha.

Avery is survived by his three sons, Jim (Angela), Mike (Georgia), and Dan (Ann), all of Eau Claire; a sister, Sylvia (Paul) Dietzler of Richfield, MN; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, LaVonne in 2017.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eau Claire with Pastor Jeff Carlson officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Thursday at church.  Inurnment will be held later at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family. 


10-11 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eau Claire


11 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eau Claire

Florist Information

Mays Floral - (715) 836-8220 - All flowers should be delivered to church by 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec 5


  • Caylee and Justin Borgwardt and family Our sincere sympathies to the Smith family. We met Avery only twice at Heatherwood Assisting Living when we were visiting a close church friend named Bill Bingham - Avery was there of course to see and chit chat away with his close buddy, Bill! He was such a kind, welcoming man who had a silly personality... and then we learned from him his wife has passed not that long ago. It was hard to hear that, but he kept living with a smile on his face and made sure he was keeping his friend happy too! Even for such a short moment when our family met Avery, he stood out to us! Now he can rest and be in his loving wife’s arms again, and still will be watching over all he loves. Gods blessings to you at this sad time.

    December 5 at 9:29pm

  • Rudy Pahl Sorry for your loss. Avery was a classmate and friend I have known for long time. We enjoyed many rounds of golf; which he loved to do. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

    December 5 at 11:52am

  • JAMES J KAMKE Rest in peace my old friend. My condolences to your family.

    December 3 at 10:22am

  • Kathleen M Church I worked with Avery in the plate room for many years. He was a kind and gentle man. (Unless you made him mad!) I learned so much from him and we became friends during those years. My sympathies to his family. I hope your memories make you smile.
    Kathy Jorgensen Church.. (formerly King)

    December 2 at 9:52AM

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