Brian J. Smith


Brian John Smith slipped into the arms of our Heavenly Father, Saturday, November 4, 2023, at his home in Thompson Valley, rural Arcadia.

Brian was born April 15, 1967, to Claraton and Janet (Matchey) Smith at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Arcadia. He attended Arcadia Catholic School and graduated from Arcadia High School with the Class of 1985. Brian then took a short course at Western Technical College in La Crosse. He worked at A-G Cooperative and then for Reglin and Hesch driving truck and for Hesch Excavating operating heavy equipment. In his spare time, Brian enjoyed playing golf, gardening, canning, and as a member of Deer Camp, enjoyed processing and smoking meats of which was a fun project for all the Deer Camp guys. He also enjoyed raising laying hens in his little red hen house.

Brian is survived by his mother, Janet; sister, Barbara (Jim) Garofalo and their sons, Anthony and Joe of Arcadia; brothers: William of Arcadia and Ben of Wauwatosa; nieces: Ashley (Jake) Lund and their son, Miles; and Allison (Wallace) Linsmeyer and their sons: Reece and Wren Ro; and many relatives, coworkers and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, C.J. Smith; brother, Bob; sister-in-law, Kristen Smith; and grandparents.

Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of Brian’s life at the Arcadia Country Club, Friday, November 17, 2023, beginning at 10:00 a.m. A public prayer service with Father Brandon Guenther officiating will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by reception.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the American Diabetes Research Foundation in Brian’s name. 

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I’m Home…please don’t worry about me, for I am in God’s care.

And when the time is right, I will meet you there.

Enoy the life you have. Cherish every single day.

Just wanted you to know, that I got here okay.

~ RIP Brian ~

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