Paul J. Smith Jr., 73, Elk River

Paul J. Smith Jr., age 73, of Elk River, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2013.

Retired lineman after 27 years of service for Connexus Energy. Volunteer fireman for 22 years with the Elk River Fire Department.

Preceded in death by his parents, Paul Sr. and Mary.

Survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Katherine (nee Larson); children, Debbie (Gary) Lore, Duane (Theresa) Smith and Jeff Smith.

Grandfather of Ryan (Molly) Lore, Marissa (Matt) Zych, Sherise, Jacob, Nick, Drew and Joshua Smith.

Great-grandfather of Dominic and Johnathan Lore and Kaylee Zych.

Also survived by his siblings, Pat (Joyce) Smith, Joe (Carol) Smith, Kathy Smith and Rosie (Dave) Benson.

Mass of Christian Burial 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 at the Church of St. Andrew, 566 4th St. NW, Elk River.
Visitation 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Dare’s Funeral Home, 805 Main St., Elk River, 763-441-1212, and 1 hour prior to Mass at church on Friday.
Interment private at St. Andrew’s parish cemetery.
Memorials preferred.