David J. Smith

David Smith

RANDALIA — David Joseph Smith, 66, of rural Randalia, died at home Monday, Sept. 11.

He was born Sept. 13, 1950, in Peoria, Ill., son of Robert and Elizabeth “Betty” Holtzman Smith. On July 11, 1970, he married Peggy Fox at St Francis of Assisi in Fayette. The couple would later divorce.

David graduated from West Central High School in 1968, and would continue his education at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis. While in high school, he worked at Rueber’s Chevrolet in Westgate, and also following his time at Dunwoody. David ran the Shell Station in Oelwein from 1972 until 1975, when he moved to the farm in rural Randalia. He began farming in the spring of 1976, and did so up until his health no longer permitted. In addition to crop farming he also raised hogs, cows, chickens and sheep.

Survived by: his spouse of 26 years, Charlene; three children and 10 grandchildren, Angie (Jeremy) Hundley of Waterloo and Rylee and Drew, Heidi (Neil) Wilkinson of Fairbank and Tate and Cael, and Derek (Heidi Eitel) and Maeley, Nile, Myla, and Isabell, Lilli and Blake; a stepson, Matthew (Sunny) Schwirtz of California and family; a brother, Chuck (Judy) of Oelwein; a sister, Debbie (Randy) Toenjes of Anamosa; a brother-in-law, John (Sandy) Blaess of Decorah; several nieces and nephews; and his companion, Willie.

Preceded in death by: his parents; a granddaughter, Sadie Smith; a stepdaughter, Judy Schwirtz; and two stepgrandchildren, Hunter and Josie Schwirtz.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hawkeye, with burial in Hawkeye Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Hawkeye, and for an hour before services Monday at the church.

Memorials: may be directed to the family for designation at a later date.

Condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

David always enjoyed going uptown for coffee or happy hour to spend time with friends, but one of David’s greatest joys was seeing his grandchildren. He was an excellent trap shooter, enjoyed working on machinery, watching his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and reading.

the life of: David J. Smith (1950-2017)
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