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Oscar W. Smith

Nov. 29, 1913 - Jan. 13, 2008 WILLMAR -- Oscar W. Smith, 94, formerly of Willmar, died Sunday in Watertown, S.D. The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown, S.D.

Nov. 29, 1913 - Jan. 13, 2008

WILLMAR -- Oscar W. Smith, 94, formerly of Willmar, died Sunday in Watertown, S.D.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown, S.D. Military Honors will be by the Codington County Post 17 of the American Legion.

Visitation will be prior to the service Friday at the church.

He was born Nov. 29, 1913, to Charles and Amanda Smith on a farm near Orrin, N.D. He attended school in Orrin and graduated in 1932 from high school in Drake, N.D. He started working at the Citizens State Bank of Rugby, N.D., in 1935.

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He married Minnie Sand on July 15, 1940, in Rugby, N.D. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. He returned to Rugby and resumed his banking career. In 1952, he moved to Minot, N.D. and was employed by American State Bank as vice president. In 1966, he was appointed president of the Bank of Willmar. He retired in 1979.

He was a member of Vinje Lutheran Church of Willmar. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Elks, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Community Chest.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Karen (and Robert) Rogneby of Moorhead, and Pamela (and Paul) Marquardt of Watertown; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son: Craig Smith; four brothers; one sister; and one grandson.

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