Saturday, April 5, 2008
OBITUARY - DELBERT DEANE SMITH
Delbert Deane SMITH was born July 28, 1922 at Butler, Mo., and died Wednesday, April 3, 2008 Lamoni, Iowa.
Delbert was the fourth son of Howard Wilbur and Martha Estella (WIX) SMITH. He grew up in Butler, Mo., where he graduated
from high school in 1940.
He attended Graceland College, the Montana School of Mines and Iowa State University before
beginning a 36-year career as a minister in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now the
Community of Christ).
While at Iowa State, he met his wife, Mildred. They were married September 18, 1949 in Guilford,
Mo. Over the years, five children were born to the couple. The family spent time working for the church in Minnesota,
Hawaii, Texas, Missouri and Iowa. The couple then retired in Lamoni.
He had an experience as a young Seventy where he
saw Jesus and was called upon to lift up people in sin for the Master's transforming touch. This guided him in a lifelong
effort to help others know the Christ.
He is survived by his four sons, H. Alan and wife Valle of Mount Ayr; Ronald and
wife Di of Lamoni; Steven and wife Elaina of Lamoni,; and Douglas and wife Judith of Higginsville, Mo.; one daughter,
Karen and husband David BATES of Independence, Mo.; two brothers, one sister-in-law, 18 grandchildren, two
great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; his parents, three
brothers and a sister-in-law.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Memorial Student Center at Graceland University in
Lamoni. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Lamoni. A memorial has been established in his name.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2009
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