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Sam R. Smith Nov. 4, 1924 - Feb. 17, 2013

Sam R. Smith Nov. 4, 1924 - Feb. 17, 2013

RENVILLE - Sam R. Smith, Sr., age 88, of Renville, died Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Glen Oaks Care Center in New London, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Renville. The Rev. Michael Doyle will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Renville. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Renville. Visitation continues on Saturday one hour prior to the services at the church in Renville.

Sam R. Smith, Sr. was born on November 4, 1924, in Renville, Minnesota to Owen and Alma (Kienlen) Smith. He grew up in Renville and graduated from Renville High School in 1942. Sam served his country in the United States Air Force during World War II as a flight instructor training in the P47. After the service, Sam continued his education at St. John’s and St. Thomas Universities. He later graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mortuary Science. Sam was united in marriage to Audrey Anderson on December 2, 1946, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They returned to Renville and Sam and his brother Bill owned and operated Smith Hardware and Smith Funeral Home in Renville for many years. In 1982, Sam and Audrey retired and moved to Long Lake near Park Rapids. They moved back to Renville in 2000, and have lived here since. He was a member of the Renville American Legion.

Survivors include his wife Audrey, his daughters and sons: Nancy Miller of Phoenix, AZ, Sam, Jr. (and Norma) Smith of Renville, Terry Lindsoe of Prior Lake, MN, Mary Kim of Gulfport, MS, Jim (and Cindy) Smith of Spicer, MN, Peppi (and Tom) Eekhoff of Gillette, WY, and Paul Smith of New London, MN; 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; his brother and sister: Bill (and Mary Lou) Smith of Renville, and Barbara (and Bill) Pearce of Long Lake, MN, many niece, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Tom.

Blessed Be His Memory