- February 15, 1942 - February 21, 2013
- Lemmon, South Dakota
of Earl's Passing
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“I'm so sorry to hear of Earl's passing. (I just found out today.) My heart goes out to all of you. Earl was a great man and will be sorely missed.
1 of 27 | Posted by: Karen (Englund) DeGuzman - Kodiak, AK
“Aunt Donna, so sorry you lost Uncle Earl. He is no longer in pain. Uncle Earl, rest in peace. Love, Cindy, Art Jr., Carrie, and Amy
2 of 27 | Posted by: Cindy, Art Jr., Carrie, and Amy - NY
“Dear Donna and Family,
I wish to extend my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I hold close to my heart the wonderful memories of...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Patricia Masterson - Saint Helena, CA
“Dear Donna, Artie, Laura and Shari,
I'm so sorry to hear of Earl's passing and your loss. I have many fond memories of your family. I remember...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Dan Dorman - Kodiak, AK - friend
“Dear Donna, Artie, Laura, Shari and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Time certainly marches on - it's been 33 years since both our...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Ann (Dorman) Ellingson - Kodiak, AK
“Donna & Family:
Very sorry for your loss of Earl, he will be greatly missed by the local community. I always enjoyed visiting with him and...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Rich Alkire - Redfield, SD
Please know that my thoughts are with you in your time of loss. With deepest sympathy, Wayne
7 of 27 | Posted by: Wayne Stevens - Juneau, AK
“Donna, Shari, Laura, Breanna, Zach, and Cameron
I will always charish the memories of working at the cafe with you all and having Earl "pick" on me...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Rachel Sandgren - Lemmon, SD
“To Donna and the entire Smith Family,
My deepest condolences and sympathy to all of you during this time of sorrow. I pray that your sadness will...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: TC Kamai - Kodiak , AK
“Donna, Laura, Shari and the entire Smith family,
Earl was a character that will leave a lasting impression on the lives of the people he touched. ...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Jeannie Ericsson - Lemmon, SD
“To Donna and Family,
I am very sorry to hear of Uncle Sonny's passing. My condolences to you and your family.
11 of 27 | Posted by: Christina Smith - Buffalo, NY
“always had a greeting for everyone when you can to the cafe. Prayers to all the family in this time of loss
12 of 27 | Posted by: Allen & Darlene Storm - Lemmon, SD
“I remember working withj Earl. He was my Capt. at Cedar Mill fire Sta. We also went together on a hunting expedition to the Eagle Cap Wilferness area...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Micheal L. Brooks - Aloha, OR
“Donna and family,
So sorry for your loss. I will always remember the very first time Earl met my dog Bristol. He was going to walk up to my ...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Mark & Kim Huber - New Leipzig, ND
“Donna and family ~
We pray God's peace will be placed upon your family today and in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: John and Marla Hausauer - Lemmon, SD
“To Donna - I was deeply saddened to hear of Earl's illness and now his passing has made the sadness even more profound. I have thought of you guys...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: George Price - Veneta, OR
“We meet so many people in our line of work. Earl is one we will always remember. He seemed like a grump until you got to know him. He would always...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Doris KIle - Lemmon, SD
“Donna & family,
We are so sorry for your loss of Earl. We will surely miss his sense of humor and his just being Earl.
I distinctly remember...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Don & Shari Pazie - Morristown, SD
“To Donna and Family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Earl had such a good dry sense of humor. We enjoyed talking with him anad eating at the...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Virgil and Bonnie Otterberg - NC
“So sorry to hear about Earl. He can do all the things he liked to do, hunting, fishing, etc. again.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
21 of 27 | Posted by: Richard and Susan Harwood - SD
“Donna, Laura, Earl Jr. and Shari,
We will surely miss seeing Papa Earl resting outside of the cafe this coming summer as we travel back and forth to...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Linda & Charlie Hamand - Lemmon,, SD
“To a great friend with a big heart and a sharp wit.You will be sorely missed by both of us. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Duane and Sue...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Duane and Sue Meink - Lemmon, SD
Mere words cannot express our heartfelt sympathy. Our thoughts and prays will be with you during this difficult time. Gary...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Gary and Lynda Edwards - SD
“Donna and family
Earl was a great man and sportsman and will be thoroughly missed by many. May God's grace give you comfort and peace in the...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Steve Sandgren
“Smith family please know that you remain in my thoughts and many prayers of peace are with you. I am so greatful for having know Earl. His smart...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Brandy Schwab - Lemmon, SD
“Donna & family, We are sorry for your loss of Earl. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Fred & Karen
27 of 27 | Posted by: Karen Beer - Lemmon, SD
Funeral services for Earl Smith, age 71, of Lemmon, SD will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the New Hope Worship Center in Lemmon, SD. Deacon Bill Dustman will officiate with burial at the Greenhill Cemetery in Lemmon.
Earl Arthur Smith was born February 15, 1942 in Buffalo, NY to Earl and Minnie (Sarles) Smith, the oldest of seven. At the age of four, the family moved to Springville, NY where he graduated from high school in June 1959.
In the eighth grade, Earl earned the American Legion Certificate of School Award. A pitcher in baseball Little League, he once pitched a no-hitter game. Earl played tennis all four years of high school and won the regional doubles championship with his partner his senior year. (The trophy is still displayed at the high school).
After graduation, Earl traveled with some buddies, working in New Orleans, Boise, a ski lodge in Salt Lake City UT, and the oil fields in Farmington NM. In Portland OR he met and married Donna Lewis on February 23, 1963 after a short courtship. Moving to Aloha OR, they started their family. A son, Earl III (Artie), was born followed by their first daughter Laura. The family moved to Gales Creek, OR in 1972 where a second daughter, Shari, was born. While in Gales Creek, they operated a small farm raising hogs, day-old calves to feed lot size and milking a couple cows. Since the farm was irrigated, many years three cuttings of alfalfa were not unusual.
In January 1964 Earl joined the Aloha Volunteer Fire Department in Oregon. He was hired as a full-time firefighter in April 1966 when the department expanded and renamed to Washington County Fire District No. 1. While in Gales Creek, Earl was instrumental in the formation of a rural volunteer fire station after watching a neighbor's barn burn. Earl left the service of WCFD No. 1 as captain to accept the position as chief of the Rainier OR Fire Department in the spring of 1981. In September 1983, he accepted the position of chief for the newly established fire service district (Bayside) in Kodiak AK. There he was instrumental in the recruitment and training of volunteers, purchasing fire equipment, establishing standard operating procedures and spearheading funding for a burn building and expansion of the fire station. Earl remained in the fire service until his retirement in October 1998 from the Bayside Fire Department in Kodiak AK.
An avid duck and upland game bird hunter, Earl enjoyed big game hunting in New York, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska where he harvested deer, elk, moose and caribou. His bird hunting love brought them to Lemmon SD in 2000 where he enjoyed pheasant hunting and upland game birds. He had hunted pheasants and upland game birds in Oregon, ptarmigan and sea ducks in Alaska, and pheasants and upland game birds in North and South Dakota. Evidence of his hunting expeditions is displayed in the family home.
Earl was extremely proud of his daughters and their businesses in Lemmon. He could be seen driving up and down Main in his silver pickup to keep an eye on each business. Many years of hunting with his son gave him ideas for his son to continue hunting after a disabling illness in 1996. In the midst of emotions, Earl was the logical one in the family. He will be missed and we will always hear "Yep, let's go for a ride".
Earl passed away on Thursday morning, February 21, 2013 with his family by his side at his home in Lemmon, SD.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Smith, Lemmon, SD; one son, Earl "Artie" Smith, Florissant, CO; two daughters, Laura Casey and Shari Smith, both of Lemmon, SD; three grandchildren, Breanna (Robert) Thomas, Zach Casey and Cameron Casey; one great-granddaughter, Ashlyn Thomas; four brothers, George Smith, Hamburg, NY, Art (Nancy) Smith, Kenmore, NY, Wayne (Sandy) Smith, Sardenia, NY and Roy Smith, Springville, NY; and one sister, Barbara Smith, Gowanda, NY.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dennis Smith; and one sister-in-law, Myra Hixson.
Visitation will be on Monday, February 25, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a gathering of friends and family at 7:00 p.m. all at the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Lemmon Relay for Life.