VERNON SMITH

V. Smith webVernon Smith, of Mora, died on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the Villa Health Care Center. He was 99 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 24 at First Presbyterian Church in Mora.

VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

BURIAL will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Vernon L. Smith was born on July 5, 1911 in Grant, Iowa to Rolla and Alice (Maddux) Smith. At the age of 3 he moved with his parents and sisters to Mora. His father passed away when Vernon was 8 and his mother took in washing to support the family. He and his sisters worked out to help make ends meet. He was baptized in the Snake River south of Mora by Rev. Tuller who was a Presbyterian Missionary. Vernon graduated from Mora High School in 1930, having participated in the Boy’s Glee Club and Mixed Chorus, Basketball, Track; and played on Mora’s first Football Team in 1927.

He married Doris Larson on September 9, 1936 in Sisseton, South Dakota. He worked at the Standard Oil Station for 13 years, leaving that to work for Blaw Knox (a local firm that made milk drying equipment). In 1948 he started a laundry & dry cleaning business. After selling that he worked from 1950 to 1975 as a sales representative for IDS Investments Firm, now known as American Express. After his retirement he spent many years painting and decorating with Robert Johnson Home Builders.

Vernon was active in many volunteer services. He was on the Volunteer Fire Department for 32 years, Boy Scouts for 25 years, Hospital Board for 11 years, Kanabec County Fair Board for 12 years, Mora Park and Playground Committee for 12 years. He has been a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge since 1939, a charter member of Kanabec Conservation Club and the Kanabec History Center.

He has been a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church in Mora serving as an Elder and Trustee, and serving as chairman of the building committee when the new church was built in 1968.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters Vera, Velma, and Verna; and his wife Doris who died in 2003.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Raeter and Maxine Smith of Wheaton; grandson Jeff Smith and wife Julie of Wheaton; great-grandchildren Justice, Logan, Morgan and Adam; plus nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 24th at First Presbyterian Church in Mora. Rev. Duane Fowler and Rev. Harry Nelson officiated. Music was provided by Alice Nelson and Paul Chader. Pallbearers were Jim McCarty, Gene Anderson, Bob Jensen, Nathan Balk, Scott Schindeldecker and William Renstrom. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

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