Norman "Bud" Smith

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“Leotta and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Bud's passing. May he rest in peace. I enjoyed the many years of having him as a customer at the bank....Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Jackie and Dave Muggerud - ND

“Alan watches the obituaries in the Rapid City newspaper and I just received this from him. Although I didn't know your family that well, the few...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Donna Smith Kingsbury - San Jose, CA

“To my other Smith family, You are all in my prayers during this difficult time. Sincerely, Rhoda Smith Hilden ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Rhoda Hilden - Green Valley, AZ

“We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Bud's family. John & Barb ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: John & Barb Bartell - Shadehill, SD

“As the days and weeks pass, may you continue to be comforted by family and friends. Please keep in mind that the God of comfort feel your pain and he...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: valerie jordan - Vanceboro, NC

6 of 11 | Posted by: A VETERAN

“Leota and family: Sorry to hear of Bud's passing. He's now in the loving hands of his Creator, free from pain and worries. Bud was such a wonderful...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Elke Brock - Fargo, ND

“Tim Gwynne and family, So sorry to hear of your Dad sympathy to your family. Cathy Evans ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Cathy Evans - Lemmon, SD

“I'll always remember the two wonderful fishing trips to Craig, Alaska with Bud. A great sense of humor and a warm heart are what come to mind. Wish...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Alan Smith - Wenatchee, WA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Cal & Peggy ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Cal & Peggy Klewin - Bowman, ND

“My thoughts & prayers are with the family of Bud Smith. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: LaVonne Thom Rook - Roundup, MT

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Norman G. Smith "Bud" age 93 of Lodgepole, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Southwest Healthcare Services in Bowman.

The Funeral Service for Bud will be held at 10:30am Wedneday, January 16, 2013 at the Hettinger Lutheran Church with Pastor Kathleen Dettmann and Pastor Galen Strand, officiating. Burial will be in the Hettinger Cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Johnson-Melary American Legion Post #115 of Hettinger.

Norman George "Bud" Smith was born in Hettinger, N. Dak. on October 3, 1919, the son of Newell and Bessie Smith. He grew up on the family ranch near Lodgepole, S. Dak. and was educated in a one-room country school until attending and graduating from Hettinger High School in 1937. After graduation, Bud began farming and ranching with his parents.

On February 14, 1942, Bud married Leotta Wulf at Baker Montana and shortly after, in June of 1942 he enlisted in the US Navy. After attending Motor Machinist school in Virginia he was assigned to the USS Waller, a destroyer. He spent 41 months in the Navy in the South Pacific theatre. He participated in the Solomon Islands and Mariana Islands campaigns, earning six battle stars. He was honorably discharged on November 4, 1945.

After WWII ended, Bud returned to Lodgepole where he and Leotta began farming and ranching again on the family operation. Three children were born to their union: Vickie, Suzanne and Tim.

Bud was active in the Lodgepole community, serving on many boards including the Lodgepole Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed. He also served on the Township board, School board and Perkins County Fair board. He was a director and president of the Grand River Grazing Association and a member of Hettinger Toastmasters. He was also a member of the American Legion and served as athletic director for the Legion for many years pursuing his love of baseball that began when he played on the Lodgepole, Bison, Strool and Hettinger baseball teams.

Bud enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, writing poetry, playing cards, and gardening. He devoted considerable time and energy to the development of Falcata, a yellow blossom grazing alfalfa which was brought to the South Dakota prairies and given to some homesteaders in the early 1900's. Because of his efforts, he was able to gather seed to be inter-seeded into the prairie, not only on his ranch but throughout the USA as he shared his product and his knowledge with many ranchers. Bud believed in and practiced conservation and showed great respect for the land and the animals that lived on it. In 1985 he was named S. Dak. Rangeman of the Year for District IV and the family ranch was named a centennial farm in 2007. Bud lived on the family ranch until November 2011 when he and Leotta became residents of Western Horizons Assisting Living in Hettinger. In May , 2012 he became a resident in the swing bed unit of SouthWest Health Care in Bowman, N. Dak. where he died on January 12, 2013.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother Colonel Clifford Smith. Left to mourn his death is his wife of 70 years, Leotta; his daughters Vickie (Rod) Reinke and Suzanne (Galen) Strand; his son Tim (Gwynne) Smith; six grandchildren: Travis (Julie) Reinke; Shana (Bill) Bernhard; Rochelle (Travis) Thompson; Kyle Smith; Josh Smith; and Jeff Smith; seven great-grandchildren: Payton and Logan Reinke; Sydney and Sophia Bernhard; Tucker Strand, Aidan Thompson and Molly Thompson; his sister, Ferrol Sanger; and a special friend, Norman Anderson.

Bud was a devoted husband and father. He had a tremendous influence on the lives of those in his family. He was loved for his sensitivity, integrity, wisdom, keen sense of humor, optimism and for always finding the good in others. His family is so thankful for the gift of "Bud".

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