Gary W. H. “G. Wentworth” Smith, age 78, Columbus/Sun Prairie, was called home on Monday, July 8, 2019. He was born on Sept. 5, 1940, in Seattle, Wash., to Howard and Violet (Quammen) Smith. Gary was a 2001 graduate of Edgewood College, earning a bachelor’s degree. He served in the U.S. Navy. Gary was married to Donna Schallert on July 28, 1962, in Columbus, and together had three sons. Gary was a manufacturer’s sales rep for several major carpet industry leaders. He was also an industry trade journal columnist, five-time patent holder and innovator. Gary operated as a consultant and traveled for speaking engagements. Gary was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM #75, Knights Templar, 32nd Degree and former member of the Eastern Star. Survivors include his wife Donna of Sun Prairie; sons Darren (Carolyn) of Knoxville Tenn., Brian (Bridget) of Milwaukee and Garrick “Rick” (Kimberly) of Cottage Grove; five grandchildren Cassandra “Cassie”, Maya, Isabella “Bella”, Alyssa and Jessica; a brother Lowell (Madeleine) of San Diego; a sister Marlene (Lawrence) Vickers of Renton, Wash.; sister-in-law Donna Jo Smith of Albion, Neb.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Norman. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Friday, July 12, 2019, at OLIVET CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, in Columbus. Rev Ruth Bradshaw officiated. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Columbus. Visitation was from 5 p.m.—8 p.m., with a masonic service at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Jensen Funeral & Cremation in Columbus, and from 10 a.m.—11 a.m., on Friday, at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Olivet U.C.C. or Agrace HospiceCare. Online condolences may be made at www.jensenfuneralandcremation.com.
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