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Frederic N. “Fred” Smith, age 94, of Watertown, SD, formerly Hazel, SD, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the local hospital. A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown. Fr. Brian Eckrich will be the celebrant. Music will be provided by Danielle Holmquist-Holida as organist and vocals by Smith Family Members. The family is requested to meet by 10:15 a.m. at the church for a prayer service.
Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. with a Scripture Wake Service at 6:00 p.m., and also prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Burial will be at Hazel Cemetery, rural Hazel, SD. Military graveside honors will be conducted by Codington County Post #17 of the American Legion, Watertown, and the Military Funeral Honors Team of the SD Army National Guard. Active pallbearers will be: Aaron Smith, Jacob Smith, Michael Smith, Zachary Smith, Ethan Smith, Travis Lee, Joe Trautner, Kyle Smith and Bryce Brage.
Fred was born on June 18, 1923, on a farm near Thomas, SD, to Roy and Alice (Parker) Smith. He attended country schools and then started farming with his father on the family farm near Hazel. Fred enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1942. After his honorable discharge in December of 1945, he returned to the farm.
On June 5, 1948, Fred was united in marriage to Mary Joyce Vermeulen in Letcher, SD. They continued to farm and then moved into Hazel in 1986. Fred worked for the Hamlin County ASCS office for 25 years while doing lots of volunteer work for the city of Hazel. They moved into Benet Place in Watertown in 2012. After Joyce passed away in March of 2014, Fred moved into Stoneybrook Suites in Watertown.
He was a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church, currently a member at Immaculate Conception Church, the Vienna American Legion and also served on the township board. Fred enjoyed playing cards, taking kids fishing, the pheasant openers and driving around surveying the crops with Joyce. He enjoyed keeping up with current events and political scene. His special times were spent with family and friends and attending all of the activities that his children and grandchildren were involved in. He truly enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren.
Fred is survived by his children: Jerry (Gail) Smith of Denver, CO, Sharon (Tony) Trautner, of Rapid City, SD, Jim (Lorie) Smith and Duane Smith of Watertown, SD, Julie Lee of Sioux Falls, SD, Roger (Bonnie) Smith of Hazel, SD, David (Tina) Smith of Madison, SD, and Janet (Doug) Brage and Steven (Renae) Smith, both of Watertown, SD; 32 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Rosemary (Lowell) Baker of Denver, CO, and Margaret Mundell of Stockton, CA.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Joyce; his parents; two brothers; and three sisters.