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“Susan & family,Our hearts go out to you at this time. May you find comfort in knowing your many extended family & friends are surrounding you all...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Ron & Lori Kuhn - Omaha, NE

“So sorry to here about Denny I have alot of fond memories of him growing up and visiting all the cousins on the farm ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: kevin and linda anderson - IA

“My thoughts and prayers to you Susan and your family. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Karen Greenlee (Jessen)

“Sue and family: my deepest sympathy hope your loving memories will comfort you in the days to comeDian Bleil ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Dian Bleil - Family Friend

“Dennis was Sherriff while my mother (Claire Joines) worked for the county. He was a great friend to her. I have a great deal of respect for both...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: John Joines - sioux city, IA

“Larry and family. My sympathy to you and your family.So sorry for your loss. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Dolores Williams - Ida Grove, IA

“Deepest sympathy from the Aldrich's. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Tom Aldrich - Neighbor

“Thoughts and prayers to Sue, Shana & Heidi. You were the highlight of his life and I hope for comfort during this time. Denny was an amazing person...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Tina Erick - Family Friend

“Denny was a great friend and co-worker. I enjoyed working for him in the Sheriff's office. I will never forget his infectious smile,good humor, and...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Bob Jessen - Family Friend

“May God bless and be with the family ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Kathy Gaukel - Onawa, IA

“To the Dennis Smith family, our thoughts and prayers go out to your extended family during this difficult period. Dennis was a classmate at West...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: David Miller - Golden, Colorado


Dennis K. Smith, 66, of rural Castana, Iowa died Sunday, January 29, 2017, at a Sioux City hospital following a four-month illness.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, February 4, 2017 at St. John's United Methodist Church, Mapleton, Iowa with Reverend Jena Manchester, officiating. A luncheon will be served immediately following the service at the church. Graveside services will follow at 3:30 P.M. in Grant Township Cemetery, rural Ticonic, Iowa. Military Honors will be provided by the Grimsley-Thayer American Legion Post #502 of Castana, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, February 3, 2017 with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Dennis Kirk Smith was born January 2, 1951, in Onawa, Iowa, to Raymond "Curley" and Edna Mae (Kirk) Smith. He grew up in the Whiting and Onawa areas and attended school at Whiting and West Monona.

He enlisted in the U. S. Army at the age of 17 and served two tours in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971 with Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry 9th Infantry Division as an armor crewman, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star among other medals. He later served for a time with the Iowa National Guard in Mapleton.

Dennis married Susan Blakely on June 2, 1972, in Ticonic, Iowa. They made their home near Rodney, Iowa, and had two daughters, Shana and Heidi.
He worked with his family for Lakin Farms for a time and then earned a degree in police science from Western Iowa Tech Community College. He worked as marshal for Rodney, police officer for the City of Onawa for two years, deputy sheriff for Monona County for four years and then as Monona County Sheriff from December 1980 until January 2001. He was the youngest person ever elected sheriff of Monona County at the age of 29. His passion was his work in law enforcement. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and had a huge soft spot for his favorite friends, his animals.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Susan Smith, of nearly 45 years of Castana, Iowa; his daughters, Shana (Tim) Coker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Heidi (Chad Gaukel) of Trinity, Florida; his grandchildren, Paige Davis, Erin Coker, Jackson Coker, C.J. Coker, Hayden Gaukel, and Leo Gaukel; one sister, Sue Smith, of Omaha, Nebraska; two brothers, Larry Smith of Merrill, Iowa, and Robert Smith of Delta, Colorado; sister-in-law, Sharon Smith of Surprise, Arizona; and several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a special grandmother, Daisy Kirk; three brothers, Terrance Smith, Dean Smith and David Smith; a sister-in-law, Donna Smith; and his best buddies, his dogs, Fat Boy and Miles.

Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com

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