Wulff Funeral Home

1485 White Bear Ave, St Paul, MN


Eugene Ronald Smith

August 8, 1932August 29, 2020

Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Uncle; August 8, 1932 - August 29, 2020. A graduate of Mechanic Arts High School with several medals and awards as a member of the Minnesota State High School Gymnastics League. Served in the United States Navy, 1950-1954 on the U.S.S. Wasp CV/CVA/CVS-18; member of St Paul Plumbers Local 34 since 11/13/1956 - retired. Life Member of VFW Post 15024. Married the woman of his dreams, JoAnn, on July 19, 1952.

Preceded in death by the love of his life, JoAnn Lillian Christenson Smith; twin brother, Gerald Roland Smith; mother, Fern Ester Lund.

Survived by children, Gary, Deborah (Wayne) Motz, Michael, Daniel (Tamara), Roger & southern daughter in faith, Louann (Troy) Ziegler; grandchildren, Brady Block, Kerrien Smith, Michelle Mechelke, Dustin Smith, Brandon Mattson, Kelly Humphrey, Wayne Motz Jr.; great-grandchildren, Victoria, Christian, and Brecken Humphrey, Marissa and Ashley Motz, Tyler Miller, Nora Smith, Chase Mechelke, Bria Block, Eden, Ivy & Anya Mattson.

An avid angler with a passion for music. He played many musical instruments throughout his life with the organ becoming the reigning instrument of choice. Eugene loved to travel, enjoying family trips across most of the states and flying to Hawaii, Mexico, Europe and Australia with JoAnn. His love for golf and travel brought “Mr. Gene” and beloved wife “Jo” to South Carolina, where they enjoyed the winter months making new friends who became their South Carolina family.

Family Vigil 1-2:30pm, Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Wulff Funeral Home, 1485 White Bear Ave, St. Paul, MN 651-776-1555.

Graveside Prayers & Interment to follow at Union Cemetery, 2505 E Minnehaha Ave, Maplewood, MN 651-739-0466.


  • Family Vigil

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020


Eugene Ronald Smith

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Fellowship of Praise

September 2, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to your family in the passing of your beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. Mr. Gene touched many lives while he was here in Santee, SC. He leaves a godly legacy that we will speak of for years to come. Every follower of the Lord will hear God say, "welcome home!" He is now experiencing a joy of being in God's presence that we can only imagine. We will miss him and Mrs. JoAnn dearly until we meet again! With loving thoughts and fervent prayers for His peace to surround you all. Phil. 4:7
Love and prayers from his Fellowship of Praise church family

Matt Tahedl

September 2, 2020

I feel blessed to have known Gene. Loved his stories and sense of humor. Always glad to sit and talk with him at the plumbers picnics throughout the years. Good man.

Louann Zeigler

September 2, 2020

He was an absolute delight. It could be a day, week, or 6 months and he would be so excited to see me and others. He loved Jesus, Mrs. Joann and his family. He loved to share stories and pictures. I loved his cards and letters. I can't think of Christmas without thinking about him... but you know he celebrated it all year long. 🙂 I thank God for sharing him with the world for 88 years. He was a blessing and a precious gift. He is dearly loved and missed!

DeLores and Robert Vasey

September 1, 2020

Your father was a great friend and nephew to Robert. As boys, when the boys visited their grandpa, Bob's Dad, they always had a good time for fun. We will miss him.


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