Winona man loses battle with cancer

Elvin Smothers was featured on News 8's ‘In Search Of' series

Two weeks ago, News 8 spotlighted a Winona man’s dying wish to marry his longtime girlfriend before he passed away.

Elvin and Kathy Smothers were able to have their dream wedding thrown together in one day with the help of an army of employees at Gundersen Health System.

We are sad to report that Elvin lost his battle with cancer this past Monday. His wife Kathy tells us he went very peacefully surrounded by family and friends and, of course, with Kathy right by his side.

Elvin lived life to the fullest and taught us all a lesson about love – and living in the moment.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, his son Jamie and his many family and friends.

Elvin Smothers was 37-years-old.