Charles T. ‘Tom’ Smit, age 74, of Wabasha, died peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester due to acute myeloid leukemia. Born March 7, 1944 in Sheboygan, WI, the son of Dr. Charles R. ‘Doc’ and Sara Katherine ‘Sally’ (Fox) Smit, he attended school in Wabasha, graduating from Wabasha High School and the University of Minnesota.
In addition to reading, fishing, gardening, and music, Charles had a lifelong passion for peace and social justice. As a member of the Chicago 15, he shared responsibility for burning more than 40,000 draft files on May 25, 1969, an action that shut down the Selective Service boards on Chicago’s south side for the remainder of the Vietnam War. During his incarceration, he began a career as a freelance writer, where his focus was on life-and-death issues: abortion, veterans’ healthcare, nuclear waste and proliferation, school-bus safety, and the environment.
He met his lifelong partner Anne Miriam Doyle in 1976, during the Continental Walk for Disarmament and Social Justice. They married September 17, 1983 in Minneapolis. In 1996, the family moved to Wabasha, where Charles spent many years as a school-bus driver.
Charles is survived by wife, Anne Doyle Smit, Wabasha, MN; children, Matthew (Megan) Smit, Fargo, ND, Teresa (Matt) Kovich, Forest Park, IL, Thomas Smit and Luke Smit, both of Wabasha, MN; brother, Stephen (Linda) Smit, North St. Paul, MN; sister, Linda (Patrick) Lewis, Winona, MN; and 14 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral service will be Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11am at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Wabasha with Reverend Sherry Drysdale-Schruth officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Wabasha. Family and friends may call at Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha on Monday from 4-8pm and at the church on Tuesday at 10am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to FeedTheChildren.org.