Havana, N.D.: The funeral for Lowell M. Smith, a longtime Havana-area resident, will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Havana, with Pastor Steve Swanholm officiating.
Burial with military honors will be at Our Lady of Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Havana.
Lowell passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Oakes Good Samaritan Center in Oakes, N.D., at the age of 95.
Lowell Marvin Smith was born Dec. 19, 1916, to Manning and Emma (Christensen) Smith at their rural Havana home. He attended rural schools in Weber Township for the first three grades. The last nine years of his education were received at the Havana Public School, where he graduated in 1935. He was the center on the basketball team in an era that after each goal, the game was restarted with a jump ball.
In his youth, Lowell was active in the Boy Scouts and had made a trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota. That trip was featured in Bob Lind's Neighbors column in the Fargo Forum. He later served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at Sheyenne Valley, the Black Hills and at what is now Sand Lake Refuge in South Dakota.
At the outbreak of World War II, Lowell received his draft notice. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines. On June 10, 1942, while home on leave, he married his sweetheart, Shirley Marie Parrow, at the Catholic rectory in Cayuga, N.D. Lowell returned to Havana at the end of the war in 1945.
Lowell and Shirley purchased the Lenny Jennings Dance Hall. In 1946, they rented the Bill Maus farm a half mile south of the Havana School. In 1950, they bought the Ellingson farm a half mile north of Havana. Lowell and Shirley raised eight children: William (Charlene), Brad (Sally), Mary Kay Wykoff Harcus (Gregg), Kathleen Pfaff (Rich), Faye Opp Boucher (Dwight), Carol Hoistad (Harris), Lola Smith-Gentry (David) and Anthony (deceased).
Lowell was always community-minded. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, a life member of the American Legion, a 4-H leader for the Weber Workers, served 28 years on the Havana Co-op Elevator Board and was a Weber Township supervisor, as well as a school bus driver. He was a lifetime member of the Havana Congregational Church. His true passions were his wife, Shirley, his Belgian workhorses, his Steiger 4-wheel-drive tractor and his children.
Lowell and Shirley were avid square dancers and traveled extensively across North Dakota and South Dakota. As the children grew older and as retirement approached, they became traveling campers with Shirley's sister, Irene. Shirley and Tony were tragically killed in an auto accident in 1980. Once again, Lowell devoted his energy to the farm, assisting sons Bill and Brad.
Lowell suffered a stroke in his eye in 1997, as well as contracting diabetes. On Sept. 6, 2006, he was stricken with another slight stroke that necessitated his move to the Oakes Good Samaritan Center. He had lived there the past eight and a half years.
Surviving Lowell are seven children and their spouses; 21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, LaVerne Stein; a brother-in-law, Arnold Oland; four half-sisters: Alice Schultz, June Hane, Nancy Holger and Joyce Arnold; and a half-brother, John Smith.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Emil and Emma Stein; his wife, Shirley; son, Anthony; brother, Wallace; a granddaughter, Jeanette Opp Koslowski; and two sons-in-law: Tom Wyckoff and Clayton Opp.
An online guestbook and obituary are available at pricefuneralchapel.net.