In Memory of




Obituary for Earl David Smith

Smith, Earl David beloved husband, dad, and brother, died peacefully at home with his wife, Peggy, and daughter, Jess, by his side. He fought a courageous two-year battle with Multiple Myeloma and, when he knew his time on earth was limited, made sure to celebrate life every day until his passing on July 16th, 2021. Earl was born to Earl H. & Elizabeth Smith in Lisbon, North Dakota on October 30th, 1945. He left home when he was seventeen to join the Air Force, and proudly served his country for 21 years. He retired as a Master Sergeant. After his military career, Earl worked in the Food Management Industry as a Food and Beverage Manager, and he spent his final years before retirement working in the banking industry. Once he retired, Earl kept everyone he met entertained with his great storytelling abilities and questionable dad jokes. He loved to talk oddly specific details of airplanes. Earl kept kids in the family enthralled with a variety of (still unsolved!) magic tricks, and he was always known for driving a cool car. He loved to be the first to find treasures in an antique store, and he made sure Peggy knew he beat her to the punch. Earl enjoyed watching movies with his family, and his love for ice cream was legendary. He will forever be remembered for his extended fist-bumps and hearty laugh. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Earl H. and Elizabeth Smith; brother Dale; infant sister Edna Mae; and brothers-in-law Kenny Cavett, Kent Bartl, Dave Hilton, and Roger Jensen. Earl is survived by his wife of thirty years, Peggy; daughter Jessica (Kaci) O'Connell; sisters Arlene (Alton) Nitschke, Carmen Cavett, Mardell Bartl, Mary Smith, and Cheryl (Terry) Liebel; and numerous nieces, nephews, beloved in-laws and friends. A funeral service will be held Friday, July 23rd at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie, MN. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM and the service will start at 11:00 AM. Interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Lisbon, North Dakota on Saturday, July 24th at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Earl's honor to the International Myeloma Foundation or DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Huber Funeral Home & Cremation Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970