John “Jack” Howard Smith

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John “Jack” Howard Smith, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday,
April 6, 2019 in Belle Plaine, Minnesota. Visitation will be from 4-8 P.M. on Wednesday, April
10, 2019 at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine and continue one hour prior to Mass at
church on Thursday morning. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M. on Thursday at Our
Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine, Fr. Brian Lynch will officiate. Interment
will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Belle Plaine.
Jack was born in Minneapolis on July 27, 1939 to Ken and Ursula (Frank) Smith. He was
baptized & confirmed at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Belle Plaine. He grew up in rural
Belle Plaine and graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1957. On October 22, 1963, he
married Helen Schlueter of Le Sueur. They celebrated 55 years of marriage this past year. Jack
farmed near Belle Plaine in Faxon Township and worked as shop foreman at Tel-E-Lect and
RMS, retiring from Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative. He enjoyed farming, working hard,
being with his family and taking trips to the river bottoms to watch the wildlife. He loved to
tease and be teased, and had a tender heart for all of his grandchildren. Jack is preceded in death
by his parents Ken and Ursula Smith, sister Barbara “Bunny” Moriarty, brother, David Smith,
mother & father in law Leonhard & Henrietta, brothers in law, Roland Schlueter & Jerome
Moriarty.
Jack is survived by his loving family: wife, Helen; daughter Teri (Jeff) Kiewatt of Le Sueur;
sons, Dan (Sarah) of Hutchinson, Steve (Kathy) of Jordan, Bob (Dorene) of Belle Plaine, and
Mike (Tonya) of Belle Plaine; grandchildren, Jeni (Eric) Newman, TJ Kiewatt, Alicia (Jacob)
Jirik, Beth (Justin) Marshman, Paige Smith (Luke Kreuser), Courtney, Erika, Emily, Eliza,
Andrew, Téa, Caleb, and Olivia Smith; great-grandchildren, Cora and Ben Newman, and Willow
Jirik; and brother Jerry (Jackie) Smith of Belle Plaine, brother in law, Allan (Ramona) Schlueter
of Le Sueur, many nieces & nephews

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