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Tom Smith - December 12, 2009

Thomas LeRoy Smith was born June 23, 1937, the son of Loren Cecil and Zelma (Wicham) Smith in Denver. He died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at his son’s home in Audubon, Iowa.

Tom moved from Denver to Crook in the 1940s and resided there until he joined the U.S. Marines. After he was discharged, Tom returned to Crook to work on the family farm when his father was injured.

In April of 1963, Tom was united in marriage to Karen Lee McConnell. In 1965, a flood destroyed their home and the feedlot where he was employed in Sterling. At that time the family moved to Haxtun and helped farm. Later he was employed at a beef plant in Sterling until the plant closed. He was then employed at Seaboard Farms and even after retirement, continued to work there part-time until 2009. Tom moved to Holyoke after the death of his wife, Karen in 2001.

Tom was a hard working man who put his family first. In his spare time, Tom enjoyed fishing and gardening, tilling friends’ gardens and spending time with family. Tom visited with his father every Sunday. He was a member of a bowling league and of the Lions Club.

Tom is survived by his children, Tony L. (Samantha) Smith of Audubon, Iowa, Ted Smith of Stanwood, Wash., Cindy Smith and Colleen Smith of Haxtun; granddaughter, Jennifer (Kevin) Looker of Audubon, Iowa; step-granddaughter, Jade (Steven Orndorff) Smith of Audubon, Iowa; step-great-granddaughter, Savannah Orndorff of Audubon, Iowa; siblings, Betty (Larry) Bechtholdt, Charlotte Pierce, Dick (Tina) Smith, Loren “Buster” (Lois) Smith, Fred Smith, John (Denise) Smith and Linda Smith.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Zelma Smith; wife, Karen Smith; brother, Larry Smith; sister, Christine Smith; and step-great-grandson, Steven Orndorff III.

A visitation was held Dec. 21 at Baucke Funeral Home in Holyoke. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Sterling.

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Hockenberry-England Funeral and Cremation Services in Audubon, Iowa was in charge of arrangements.