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Hollis R.

  • Visitation
    • Friday, February 7th, from 9am-12pm at Oak Creek Assembly of God (7311 South 13th St. Oak Creek)  Please use entrance #3
  • Funeral Service
    • Friday, February 7th, starting at 12pm at Oak Creek Assembly of God (7311 South 13th St. Oak Creek)


Hollis was born into eternal life on January 29th with his wife, Madrina (nee Dela Cruz) by his side. Loving father of Deina, Nathan, Brandon and Sadie. Proud grandpa of Trinity, Marcelino and Matthias. Also survived by other relatives and friends.

A visitation will be held Friday, February 7th at Oak Creek Assembly of God (7311 South 13th St. Oak Creek) from 9am-12pm with a funeral service to follow at 12pm; please use entrance #3 when entering church.  Entombment will take place at Wisconsin Memorial Park (13235 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield), please meet there following the funeral service.

Hollis’ dedication and love for God, family and his country led him into serving 3 years with the United States Army. Hollis served on the Milwaukee Police Department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit for over 15 years before taking a promotion to Sergeant and eventually retiring after 37 years of service. Hollis was a proud member of Legion Post 415. Hollis loved hiking, traveling to Florida to visit the beaches and Disney World. He enjoyed visiting the Hawaiian beaches with Madrina. They loved watching the Hawaiian sunset together. One of his favorite moments in Hawaii was snorkeling along side the sea turtles. Hollis was a big fan of warm weather and when the Wisconsin weather was too cold, you could find him watching his favorite black and white movies.


  1. Todd Smolen January 30, 2020 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Many great memories working with him on the TEU, then later when our paths crossed both as Sergeants at District 2. Hollis was a good man dedicated to God and family. He brought calmness and a level head many times when chaos was all around. Anyone who knew him was a better person for it. I am going to miss you “H Dog”!

  2. Dale Jackson January 30, 2020 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I knew Hollis since he worked at #7. He was a great guy. I so sorry for your loss Madrina, I know what a soul mate he was to you.

    • Sean Effinger November 21, 2021 at 12:48 am - Reply

      Glad hes dead. The piece of garbage shot me in the Back. He tried to kill a War Veteran but failed. Its funny cause Im still alive and hes the one rotting in hell. Rest in piss piggy.

  3. PATRICK ODONNELL January 30, 2020 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    I had the distinct pleasure of working with Hollis twice during my career. He was a role model to me, the cops, and the bosses he worked for. He was a cop’s cop.

    He embodied being selfless. He really never thought of himself. He always worried about and cared for his wife, kids, grandkids, his partners, and his cops, He was always thinking of others and he embodied what it was to be a good Christian. Hollis ‘walked the walk.’ He did all of this with humor and grace. Anyone that knew him, can tell you a story about his sharp sense of humor and the sly smile that would form on his face when he shot a quick whip of humor or picked up on a joke.

    I remember the day that he told me that he had cancer. It was just the two of us when he informed me of his diagnosis with a smile on his face and his customary, “It will be fine. I will be okay.” He was more worried about how I was going to take it, rather than the fact that he had a serious disease. He never felt pity for himself, he did worry about his loved ones and how it would affect them, again, selfless.

    The H-Dog will be missed. Until we meet again partner.

  4. America Sadowski January 30, 2020 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Wishing you peace at this sad time and hoping you know your not alone in your
    Im so sorry for your loss

  5. Greg C. Dobratz January 31, 2020 at 5:17 am - Reply

    Hollis was one of many great partners I had while at District Seven Station. He was a very dedicated Police Officer and great friend. It is so sad that he could not enjoy retirement. My sympathy to Della and the rest of his family members and brothers in blue.

  6. Marty Gonzalez January 31, 2020 at 8:16 am - Reply

    while I enjoyed my career at M.P.D. I never had the pleasure of working with Hollis, but I’ve often heard kind words and respect from other Officers and Supervisors who did know him.

    Your great reputation preceded you Sgt.
    God bless and rest in peace.Prayers of comfort and peace to your entire family.

  7. Liz Stewart January 31, 2020 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Sending your family my deepest, sincerest condolences during this time of bereavement. May Hollis rest in peace.

  8. Steve Basting January 31, 2020 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    One of the most decent men i have had the pleasure to know

  9. Mark Lindstrum February 1, 2020 at 11:21 am - Reply

    I remember Sgt. Hollis Smith when I worked at District 2. Great person and supervisor. So sad to see him go. Hard to believe. Wish he would have got more of a retirement. May he be in a better place and happy. My condolences to his family, friends and other co-workers. R.I.P.!

  10. Moises Gomez February 2, 2020 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    My condolences to Madrina and family. Hollis and I graduated in same class. He was a great down to earth guy. He will be missed.

  11. Dawn Caballero February 3, 2020 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    My deepest condolences to you and your family

  12. RIchard Gayan February 4, 2020 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    I, like Moises, was in the same recruit class with Hollis way back in 1981. To think how young we all were back then with wide open eyes becoming a police officer, and how exciting it was going to be. Hollis must have loved the job more than most to stay on for so many years. It is too bad that he did not have long to enjoy retirement, but he did have many years enjoying being a police officer and later a police sergeant. I believe that he was about the last one from our academy class still working when he retired. My sympathies go out to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

  13. David Zibolski February 6, 2020 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Hollis was an all around great guy and dedicated public servant. Our paths crossed many times @ MPD. My deepest condolences to Madrina and the entire family. We all know that he will be well taken care of in heaven.

  14. Wade w. Grubich February 7, 2020 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Hollis was one of best men MPD ever had In it’s ranks. I just wish he could have enjoyed his retirement after so many years of service. My heart goes out to his wife Madrina and his family. May the good lord keep him.

  15. Paul Szymborski February 9, 2020 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Hollis was one of the most decent men I have had the pleasure of working for and with. I watched him mentor many a young cop–myself included–over my tenure on the department. I used to tease Hollis that he had more time on as a police officer than I had even lived on the earth. (which was true!) He always smiled and shrugged, but that was his way. I will truly miss his old school ways of being calm under pressure, praising his subordinates in public, offering correction in private, and leading by example. He will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences and prayers to the family.

  16. Jorge Irizarry February 25, 2020 at 8:48 am - Reply

    My sincere condolences to my former co-worker, Madrina De La Cruz and the entire Smith family on the recent loss of your husband Hollis Smith.

    Madrina may your family and Hollis family be blessed by god during this time of sorrow now and in the future.

    I was saddened to hear that Hollis had past away thru the retiree newsletter. Madrina, Hollis was one of the nicest persons I have worked with over the years, besides you. He along with his TAC partners were always available to assist me in many situations and his professionalism made my job easier.

    I did not know that Hollis stayed on so long at MPD and I wish he would have retired much earlier to enjoy a deserving long retirement like many others. Madrina I know I will run into you sooner or later and we will talk then.

    Hollis was way too young to depart this earth but it must have been what God had in store for him and we may never know why. But someday in the future you, his family and everyone who loved him will re-unite with him and show him how much he has been missed. Be thankful for all the good times that you and your families spent together with Hollis because they were very precious.

    Hollis will never be forgotten by his family, friends and MPD co-workers cause his contemptuous smile and laugh was very assuring that all was well and we could all go home safely.

    Hollis is now at peace Madrina, as he ventures on his new journey watching over you and your families. May he rest in peace Madrina, for all the good he did for this community and the lives he touched along the way. I hope and pray that you, Madrina, find solace in your time of mourning.

    Jorge Irizarry

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