John "Jack" R. Smies 83, of Oostburg, died on Friday afternoon, August 2, 2019 at the CedarGrove Gardens where he had resided since June. Jack was born on November 10, 1935 in Sheboygan, the son of Daniel G. and Marjorie(Beernink) Smies. He graduated from Cedar Grove High School in 1953 and then graduatedfrom Central College in Pella, Iowa. On August 2, 1957, he married Margaret J. Risseeuw in theTown of Holland. Jack was a salesman for Freeman Chemical in Saukville for many yearsbefore his retirement. He was a member of the Great Lakes Coalition and enjoyed golf, tennis, piano playing, music,sudoku, bridge, cribbage, and anything related to science. Jack is survived by his wife, Margaret of Oostburg; two sons, Richard Smies of MenomoneeFalls and Randall (Karissa) Smies of Charleston, SC and a daughter, Mary Krohn. He is also survived by grandchildren, great grandchildren; a brother, Frederic "Ric" (Ann) Smies ofHomewood, IL; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Risseeuw of Oostburg and Dorothy (Robert) Bevansof Oostburg; and one brother-in-law, Allan Risseeuw of Cedar Grove. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, one sister-in-law, Judy Risseeuw; and onebrother-in-law, LaMont Risseeuw. Jack passionately encouraged further research of Parkinson's Disease, which he was afflictedby personally. A memorial fund is being established for the Parkinson's Foundation and theSharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. A private family gathering and dinner was held to honor Jack's life. For online condolences and additional information please visit
The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg (920-564-2771) is serving the Smies family.