6618-39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142


                                  Aug. 27, 1933 - May 25, 2023

Gene A. (Smitty) Smith passed away on May 25, 2023 at St. Catherine's Hospital surrounded by his "three sons."

Gene was born August 27, 1933 to Dermot and Luella (Langenbach) Smith in Kenosha, where he lived his entire life. At a young age, he worked as a newspaper carrier for the Kenosha News. He could still remember his delinquent payment customers. After his return from military service, he worked at Dynamatic and then American Motors working his way up to a supervisor of the crankshaft division (816). During the "layoff" years at the Motors, he worked at various manufacturers, including American Brass, MacWhyte Wire "Wrope," and a few others. In 1988, he retired from the Motors as a machine repairman just shy of reaching the 30-year mark. A truly lucky man to be retired for more years than he worked.

Gene was a Staff Sergent in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956 during the Korean Conflict. He originally was trained in the weather service but was transferred to special services and was a cryptographer. He was stationed in Japan where he began his love of photography. He was instrumental in deciphering the North Korean code embedded in the weather reports. He would never discuss his special assignments during his military career until only a few years ago, stating it was highly classified.