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OBIT: Larry Smith, age 83, of Charles City

This news story was published on July 17, 2019.
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Larry Smith, age 83, of Charles City, Iowa passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the 11th Street Chatauqua Guest Home in Charles City.

A funeral service for Larry Smith will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Messiah Lutheran Church with Pastor Norman Bauer officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City at a later date.

Visitation will be at Hauser Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2019 and will continue one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

Larry Dee Smith was born in Charles City on February 4, 1936 to Howard & Alice (Sweasy) Smith. He was united in marriage to Marian Edna Voelker on June 26, 1955. Larry and Marian had three daughters: Carol, Cheryl and Cathy and one son, Craig (deceased). Larry worked at Oliver/White Farm for 37 years, and also did bookkeeping at Dale’s Auto Wrecking where he would keep an eye out for cars he could fix. After White Farm closed, Larry worked at Blong’s Cabinet Shop, Hobson Brothers, and Custom Wood Products before he finally retired.

Larry enjoyed collecting and restoring vintage cars and especially loved his ‘50 Ford, ‘56 T-Bird and ’63½ Galaxie which his daughters nicknamed his “other three girls”! He was a good ball player and bowler, and his family has many fond memories of watching his games. Larry and Marian were avid polka dancers and traveled somewhere almost every weekend to dance at ballrooms around the Midwest.

Larry planted many trees on their acreage north of town that attracted various wildlife especially birds. His grandkids’ favorite memories include feeding the birds and filling the bird baths followed by refreshing root beer floats on the deck.

Larry is survived by his wife, Marian; daughters: Carol (Stu) McDonald, Cheryl (Joe) Krajci and Cathy (John) Pollock; six grandchildren: Meg (Matt), Chad (Lisa), Beth (Scott), Mandy, John J. (fiancée Tara) and Victoria; five great-grandchildren: Ava, Benson, Addi, Ben and Cameron; sister, Alice Hull; brother, Terry (G-Ann) Smith; along with several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Craig Smith and siblings: Carma Palmer, Bud Smith, Mavis Miller, Bill Smith, Bobby Smith and Roger Smith.

Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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    July 17, 2019 at 10:29 am

    I think its lame people on this site cant wait to say negative things about strangers but never kind words about strangers. here is an opportunity guys. this man the way his obit reads was a good person and a positive member of his community. you people on this site are so ugly inside you couldnt think of anything positive to comment could you?