Alfred E. Smith, 91, of Cascade, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque.
Private graveside services: Thursday, Nov. 19, at Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, with Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding. Eulogy by David G. Smith. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade is in charge of arrangements.
Al was born May 12, 1929, in Worthington, son of Hilar N. and Mary Emerence (Engler) Smith. He received his education in the former St. Paul’s School in Worthington. Nov. 22, 1950, he was united in marriage to Rose M. Koob at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cascade. The couple farmed two farms, a dairy operation in Cascade and hog operation near Worthington, for 24 years. Between 1952 and 1953 they raised 5,000 turkeys each year on a farm near Independence. He then was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works. Al enjoyed playing the harmonica since he was 10 years old.
He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade; the UAW Local #94 of Dubuque; the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #930; and the National Farmers Organization (NFO).
He is survived by his wife, Rose Smith of Cascade; five children: David G. (Dr. Sharon Maroney) Smith of Blue Grass, Edward J. (Janet) Smith of Apple Valley, Minn., Daniel R. (Barb) Smith of Davenport, Diane (Roy) Smith-Brown of Davenport and Amy R. (Torrey) Butterfield of Pewaukee, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and two siblings, Howard “Bud” Smith of Florida and Carlyn Hunt of Edgewood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings and their spouses: Louis (Florence) Smith, Cletus Smith, Emmett (Betty) Smith, George (Lavina) Smith, Jeanette (Louis) Fangmann, Germaine (Joe) McElmeel, Eileen (Bud) Watson and two sisters in infancy; a sister-in-law, Leona Smith and a brother-in-law, Virgil Hunt.
Anyone wishing to send a memorial to the family may address it to Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN: Al Smith family, P.O. Box 430, Cascade, IA 52033. An online video tribute may be viewed and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.
In lieu of flowers an Alfred E. Smith memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the River Bend Retirement staff and Kat (Monk) Felton for all the care given to Al.