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Art Smith Dec. 11, 1948 - Oct. 28, 2017

October 25, 2017
Estherville News

Funeral services for Art Smith, 68, of Spirit Lake, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Merlin Schrad, celebrant. Interment will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Estherville, with military honors by VFW Post #3388 of Estherville. He died Oct. 24, 2017, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville.

George "Art" Smith, 68, of Spirit Lake passed away at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Art was born on Dec. 11, 1948, in Estherville, and was a lifelong area resident. Art was a graduate of Spirit Lake High School (class of 1967). Art was honorably discharged from the Army after serving in Vietnam. Art returned home to work on the family farm. He later was a mechanic, rural mail carrier in Jackson, Minn., and woodworker at Prairie Rose in Spirit Lake.

In his spare time he loved sprint car racing and had been a driver and more recently a car owner for many years. He loved dancing, music, and traveling to visit family. He was a loyal friend and devoted father.

Survived by his daughter Kasey (Charlie) Wellinghoff of Minnetonka, Minn. He will be missed by many.

Art is preceded in death by his parents George & Violet (White) Smith of Superior, Iowa.

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