David J. Smith

David J. Smith, 66, of Randalia, died Monday, September 11, 2017, at his rural Randalia home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 18, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye with Rev. Jim Harbaugh officiating.  Interment will follow at Hawkeye Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 17th  at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday. Memorials may be directed to the family for designation at a later date.

David Joseph, son of Robert and Elizabeth “Betty” (Holtzman) Smith was born September 13, 1950, in Peoria, Illinois. He was baptized in the Lutheran Faith in Illinois and would later be confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein. In 1955, the Smith family moved to rural Oelwein. David graduated from West Central High School in 1968, and would continue his education at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis. While in high school, he worked at Rueber’s Chevrolet in Westgate, and also following his time at Dunwoody. On July 11, 1970, he was united in marriage with Peggy Fox at St Francis of Assisi in Fayette. The couple would later divorce. David ran the Shell Station in Oelwein from 1972 until 1975, when he moved to the farm in rural Randalia. He began farming in the spring of 1976, and did so up until his health no longer permitted. In addition to crop farming he also raised hogs, cows, chickens, and sheep. David was able to have his career also be his passion. In 1991, David met Charlene and the couple has been together for twenty six years. David was an excellent trap shooter, enjoyed working on machinery, watching his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt, Sr., and reading.

David is survived by his spouse, Charlene; three children and ten grandchildren, Angie (Jeremy) Hundley of Waterloo and Rylee and Drew, Heidi (Neil) Wilkinson of Fairbank and Tate and Cael, and Derek (Heidi Eitel) and Maeley, Nile, Myla, and Isabell, Lilli, and Blake; step-son, Matthew (Sunny) Schwirtz of California and families; one brother, Chuck (Judy) Smith of Oelwein; one sister, Debbie (Randy) Toenjes of Anamosa; one brother-in-law, John (Sandy) Blaess of Decorah; several nieces and nephews; and beloved companion, Willie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Sadie Smith; step-daughter, Judy Schwirtz; step-granchildren, Hunter and Josie Schwirtz.

David always enjoyed going uptown for coffee or happy hour to spend time with friends, but one of David’s greatest joys was seeing his grandchildren.


Linda Klein Coffield on September 17, 2017 at 5:56 PM said:

Charlene, I am so very to see this. I only met Dave once but in that little amount of time, I knew you found your true love and soul mate. I wish i could be there and give you a big hug right now. Sending all my love. My God give you peace and comfort during this very sad time..xox
Daryl & Mary Pape on September 17, 2017 at 7:13 AM said:

We are very sorry for our and your loss in losing a very dear friend. God Bless
Sheryl Gosse, Dick/Dalene Gosse on September 16, 2017 at 3:46 PM said:

Chuck,Debbie,Heidi,Angi,Derek & Charlene & to all family, we are sad for your loss. Cherish special family times you were together. Knew Dave, Debbie & Chuck with their parents thru church in Oelwein and as farm neighbors. Dave is home with family and they are playing cards in heaven. He will be missed by many, memories help until you all meet again. Cherish the good times he shared with many he and you all knew.
Larry Hicks on September 14, 2017 at 8:33 PM said:

My deepest condolences Charlene, also family and friends.
Always enjoyed our trapshooting, pheasant hunting. We had coffee together almost every morning during the 70's. Had some awesome parties.
Rest in peace Dave. God Bless!
Mari Eitel on September 14, 2017 at 8:32 AM said:

My deepest condolences to you, Charlene, and the rest of Dave's family.
Milt & Jean Jones on September 14, 2017 at 6:56 AM said:

so sorry to hear of your loss. Milt enjoyed talking with Dave. May God bless all of you.
Stacie Martin on September 13, 2017 at 1:13 PM said:

So sorry to hear about your loss, Charlene.
Lisa (Jipson) Lasack & Family on September 13, 2017 at 8:36 AM said:

I am so sorry to hear. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Allan and Sharon Brockway on September 13, 2017 at 7:22 AM said:

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We have great memories of the many laughs we had with you both. Gods peace be with you
Allan and Sharon Brockway on September 13, 2017 at 7:22 AM said:

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We have great memories of the many laughs we had with you both. Gods peace be with you
Bob and Julie Mether on September 12, 2017 at 3:41 PM said:

our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time .we are here for you
Mary Ann Cole on September 12, 2017 at 3:15 PM said:

So sorry to hear of your passing. You were so much a part of my life growing up. Will Miss You
Erika &a Dale Kane on September 12, 2017 at 2:53 PM said:

Sending sympathy and prayers to your families

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