Larry Dean Smith, 77, of Morrison, Iowa, passed away at his home in Morrison, on May 10, 2020, of pancreatic cancer. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, a private graveside service will be held by the family at Washington Township Cemetery in Morrison. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Larry was born on July 30, 1942 in Waterloo, Iowa; the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Dingel) Smith. He married Eileen Harms on February 3, 1963. Larry graduated from Universal Trade School in Omaha, NE as an Automobile Mechanic on June 21, 1963. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Victoria Lynn Smith on June 26, 1963 and their second daughter, Lisa Ann Smith on December 4, 1965.
His mechanic career consisted of: Leasing the Sinclair gas station in Reinbeck, Smitty’s Tire & Appliance in Cedar Falls, John Deere in Waterloo, Owner/Operator of Smith’s Tire & Repair Service in Reinbeck and then retired from Richelieu Foods in Grundy Center at the age of 66. Larry always had side jobs of junking, smelting metals as well as wheeling and dealing. He couldn’t pass up a good deal.
Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and vacationing with his family in his younger years. Later in life he enjoyed going to the casino, playing dice and card games with family and friends. One of his all-time favorites was watching WWE wrestling. However, what Larry loved most of all was spending time with his family and friends.
Larry will be deeply missed by his wife Eileen Smith (Harms); daughters Victoria (Bill) Gelhaus of North Liberty, Iowa and Lisa Fisher of Alvaton, KY; grandchildren Shane (Erin) Slifer, Nicholas (Tarah) Slifer, Luke (Crystal) Ware, Shelby Pagel, Austin Pagel; step-grandchildren Carrie (Nathan) DeHerrera, Stephanie (Yancey) Dautremont and Christian Gelhaus; great-grandchildren Kaesyn, Maxsen, Sutter, Sterling, Slater and Isaac; step-great-grandchildren Grace, Noah, Kayla and Alexandria. Larry is also survived by many beloved in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Elizabeth Smith, brothers Donald “Tony” and Gary Smith; in-laws Marylin Smith, Delah (Bill) Friedel, James (Bev) Harms; and his nieces Chandra Smith and Sarah Harms.