Garth G. Smith

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Garth G. Smith, 68, of Spirit Lake, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake.

A memorial service was held Monday, April 13 , 2009 at the United Methodist Church in Spirit Lake.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1940, in Rolfe, to George and Dorothy (Heathmen) Smith.

Garth graduated from Rolfe High School in 1959. He was united in marriage to Marilynn Eikenberry on Aug. 27, 1961, in Rolfe. Garth farmed all of his life, before retiring in 2002.

Garth was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department in Plover, Iowa, and the United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Dorothy; a brother, Gary; a sister-in-law, Donna; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and Joyce Eikenberry.

Garth is survived by his wife, Marilynn Smith of Spirit Lake; a daughter, Dawn Ganaway, and her husband, LaVerne, of Aurora, Colo.; two sons: Jeff Smith, and his wife, Julie, of Okoboji, and Mike Smith, and his wife, Veronika, of Levelland, Texas; four grandchildren; and a brother, Garland Smith of Havelock.

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The Schuchert Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.