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“Mr. Smith is beyond the most patient man I have ever had the opportunity to know. My husband and I had him as a teacher at USD/S. He always brought...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Mary Kay Young Black - Florence, SD

“Harold was beyond question they very best teacher that I had. I remember especially an advanced composition class which I took. There were only...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Clarence Shoemaker - Gregory, SD

“Harold Smith was my Shakespeare teacher at Southern and highly respected. Prayers for his family. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Karen Nelson Gullickson - Greeley, CO

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. I became friends with Harold when his mother, Sarah was in the nursing home. We had many good visits. May...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Pat Doll - Brandon, SD - Friend

“I have fond memories of Uncle Harold's visits to my grandmother's home in northeast Colorado, where I grew up. He often shared stories of his...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Natalie A. Cummings - Waverly, NE

“You have my Deepest Sympathies. Gods Blessings. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Bob Altenburg - Pickstown, SD

“Harold was such a wonderful man.. I always enjoyed visiting with him when I saw him here and there.. He left a mark on so many lives.. Even when in...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Verna Koskan - Wood, SD - friend

“So sorry to hear of Harold' s passing. He has lived in pain for a long time, but always seemed to enjoy life so much! You have my sincere sympathy. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Marianne I Thompson - Colome, SD

Harold Smith was born on March 15, 1926 to Orville and Sarah (Fetzer) Smith on the family farm north of Gregory, SD. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory.

Harold attended rural school north of Dallas through the fourth grade. He then attended school in Gregory and graduated from high school in 1943. Harold joined the United States Army in 1944 and served at Fort Lawton, WA, where he joined the personnel group on the base. Among the many details of his job were the preparing of discharge papers for returning servicemen and ordering the many supplies needed on the base. Harold was honorably discharged in 1946.

Harold made the decision that he wanted to become a teacher. He enrolled at the University of South Dakota-Springfield through the G.I. Bill and completed the requirements for a Bachelor's Degree in English education in 1949 graduating summa cum laude. He had reached the first part of his goal. He later earned a Masters Degree from the University of Wyoming in 1954.

Harold began teaching in Colome and Winner as a high school teacher. In addition to his English classes he directed speech activities including declam and plays. Harold began teaching at USD/Springfield during the fall of 1956. Harold married Dolores Klima on June 4, 1966 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Harold continued teaching at USD/S until the life of the institution ended in 1984 due to legislative actions. After the closure, Harold joined the faculty at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD.

The final step in his teaching journey was in River Forest, IL where he taught at Concordia University. The experience of living in the Chicago area proved to be an exciting and rewarding way to end his career. Thus, the final goal was completed.

Harold enjoyed gardening and raising beautiful flowers. He shared tomatoes and other vegetables from his garden with friends and family.

Harold passed away November 19, 2015 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory at the age of 89 years.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; brother Charles and wife Blanche; sister Vivian Thietje and husband Fred; sister Phyllis Schroeder and husband Herman; sister Ruth Gall and husband Mike; and nephews Melvin and David Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores, many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Harold loved life and had a deep and abiding faith in God. We will miss him.

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Funeral services for Harold Smith, 89, were held Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory, SD with Pastor Jared Nies officiating. A prayer service was held Tuesday evening at the church.

Joyce Horgen and Rose Rush were in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Myrna Pechota and Carol Booze.

Music was provided by Leanne Sinclair, organist. Congregational hymns were "Open Now the Gates of Beauty," "The Old Rugged Cross," "The King of Love My Shepherd Is," and "Beautiful Saviour."

Casket Bearers were Gary Smith, Mark Smith, Jason Kahler, Robert Schroeder, Norman Gall, and Jerry Williams.

Interment with Military Honors was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.