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Zach B. Smola

Zach B. Smola Zach B. Smola


Zach B. Smola, 22, of the town of Goodrich, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 as a result of an automobile accident. A funeral service took place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at First Baptist Church in Medford with Reverend David Clements officiating. A visitation took place on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel from 4-7 p.m. Visitation continued at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Pallbearers were Derek Anderson, Jeremy Anderson, Mikel Delzer, Ben Nelson, Drew Smola and Jason Smola.

Zach was born on July 1, 1997 in Medford to Brian and Brenda (Shotliff) Smola. He attended Medford area schools and worked at Black River Golf Course, Smola Transit and Aspirus Medford Hospital kitchen during his high school years and in the summers. He attended Medford Elementary and Middle schools and was a 2015 graduate of Medford Area Senior High. Following high school, Zach went to UW-Stevens Point, Marshfield Campus and graduated with an associates degree. Following graduation, Zach took a year off and worked at Sierra Pacific in Medford. He was currently residing in Stevens Point and working at Menards with plans to enroll in the spring semester at UW-Stevens Point. In his free time, Zach enjoyed hunting, fishing, softball, baseball, golfing, anything outdoors and spending time with friends and family. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Goodrich.

Left to cherish in Zach’s memory are his parents, Brian and Brenda (Shotliff) Smola of Medford; paternal grandparents, George and Janet Smola of Athens; maternal grandparents, William and Judith Shotliff of Dorchester; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and his cats.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Zach’s memory can be made to Taylor County Humane Society. In hoping to help others in need, Zach’s wishes were to be an organ, tissue and eye donor.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake have been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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