Charles Smythe

Charles B. Smythe

Wednesday, June 1st, 1927 - Friday, March 27th, 2020
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Longtime Janesville resident Charles Bent Smythe, age 92, died on Friday, March 27, at Azura Memory Care in Beloit, WI. He was born on June 1, 1927, in Bagley WI, the youngest child of William and Ada (Nix) Smythe. Charlie was named after Xenna Pearle Bent, lovingly referred to as “old doc Bent,” a female physician and good friend of his mother, who delivered him in an era when practicing females were a rarity in the medical profession. Charlie lived in and attended Benton schools until enlisting in the Navy in 1944 at the age of 17. He married Wilma Boldt on Nov. 25, 1948 in Dubuque, IA. Charlie moved his family to Janesville in 1954 and began his career with The Fisher Body Division of General Motors, working as a supervisor in the Soft Trim Department. He retired in 1987 and enjoyed spending many winters in Apache Junction AZ, as well as living in and renovating a beautiful home on Lake Winter in Winter, WI. Charlie and Wilma enjoyed life in northern Wisconsin and made many friends in Winter but moved back to Janesville to be closer to family.

Charles is survived by son Jerry (Vicki) Smythe, granddaughter Sarah (Cory) Shea and their daughter Ella, grandson Charles A. Smythe (significant other Nessa Benton), grandson Todd (Tanya) Chrostowski and their children Michael and Alexa, granddaughter Nikki (Ryan) Jagdfeld and granddaughter Tina (Ryan) Rice and their children Mia, Maraea, Mason and Macy, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, daughter Rhonda (John) Shereck, siblings Vern “Red” Smythe, Norma (Art) Symons, Bill (Phyllis) Smythe, June (Ray) Tarkett and special friend Lealer White.

To conform with government mandates prohibiting public gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, interment at the Primitive Methodist Cemetery in Benton Wisconsin, and a celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to
Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home in Janesville is assisting the family.

The family thanks the staff at Azura Memory Care for providing Charlie with exceptional care and a home away from home during the past year.
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Janice Szula

Posted at 12:59am
uncle Chuck always had a smile and was laughing. My dad (Delvin Boldt) and mom enjoyed fishing, playing pool, horseshoe league, and snowmobile fun when they all lived in Winter WI. I am so sorry for your loss.

Debbie Smythe Kinane

Posted at 05:06pm
Jerry - I heard of your Dad’s passing and wanted to offer my condolences to you and your family. Although we have not had a Smythe family reunion in a long time, I still look back on those times and smile. Your Dad along with my Dad, Red, Madison Charlie, and Dale were always fun to watch and listen to when they got together. They so enjoyed each other.

Lori Perry

Posted at 06:13pm
I was just glimpsing at the obituaries and came across this most familiar face! On second glance I realized who it was.and said out loud ....”OHHHHHH CHARLIE”!
I had the time of my life him! He had a constant smile with a bit of a smirk as if he was alway up to something! So grateful to have known and taken care of Charlie!
Jerry and Vicki you were always so real and compliment to me on your visits to Huntington Place....
Peace to your family!
Lori Perry

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