Thomas “Tom” Cecil Smith, 82, Waite Park, MN, died Tuesday August 16, 2022 at his home in Waite Park, MN.
The Christian Burial Mass celebrating the life of Tom will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, St. Cloud, MN. Visitation will be Monday, August 22, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN and one hour before church service on Tuesday. Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud, MN at a later date.
Tom was born to Cecil and Gladys (Anderson) Smith on September 24, 1939 in Wadena, MN. He was an “only child” and grew up on a farm near Wadena, Minnesota. Tom attended country school for three years and graduated from Wadena High School in 1957, where he played football, baseball and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Tom attended Moorhead State College in Moorhead, Minnesota, now known as Minnesota State University at Moorhead, and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree and major in Mathematics and Industrial Arts. While at MSC, he was active in student government, class president for all four years, and fraternity president. He was named in “Who’s Who In American Colleges and Universities”.
In 1959, Tom was married to Lois Halbmaier, his high school sweetheart. After college, they moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he was hired to teach math at South Junior High School. Tom was a teacher for 34 years and retired in 1995. During his teaching years he coached football, basketball and baseball, throughout his first ten years of employment. Tom served as chair of the math department for 25 years. In 1971, he earned a master’s degree from St. Cloud, State University.
Tom has enjoyed planning, organizing and hosting many faculty retirement celebrations over the years. He has also been a speaker at many school meetings, both high school and college.
He also had a part-time decorating and interior design business. Remodeling, wood finishing and fitting all types of wall coverings was a side business for about 25 years. Being an accomplished carpenter, his carpentry shop was a special place for Tom. Building toys, games, furniture, turning wood, carpentry, etc., has been a rewarding hobby for many years.
Other interests included photography, camping, travel, and spending time with family and friends. The activities and accomplishments of their four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have always been important to Tom and Lois.
Survivors include his wife, Lois of Waite Park; children, John Smith of Palmer, AK; Jill (Randy) Zenner of Maple Grove, MN; and Jeff (Amy) Smith of Hutchinson, MN; son-in-law, Bill Cashman of St. Cloud, MN; grandchildren, Megan Harper, Patrick Cashman, Katlyn Cashman, Erin Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Thomas J. Smith and Logan Smith; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Jocelyn, Madelyn, James, Everett and Atticus.
Tom was predeceased by relatives; his daughter Tamera Cashman and his daughter-in-law, Teresa Smith.