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John Smith, 79

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John Lyle Smith, son of Harry and Bertha (Engesser) Smith, was born on November 7, 1933, at Tracy, Minnesota. He died on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the St. Williams Living Center in Parkers Prairie.

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John was baptized at St. Marys Catholic Church in Tracy. The family moved to St. James when John was a boy. He attended Butterfield School and was confirmed at St. James Catholic Church. John enlisted in the United States Navy in 1952 and served the next four years during the Korean War. He was stationed out of Newport, Rhode Island and spent time on the Cascade.

He met and married Grace Ogilvie and the couple was blessed with six children. John worked in the Auto Body Shop in Rhode Island and later moved to Walnut Grove, Minnesota where he farmed. He went back into auto body repair business and when he moved to Alexandria he started Smiths Auto Body.

John met and married Jacqueline (Kloehn) Lybeck in 1984. John continued to operate his shop after their marriage and in 1987 the couple sold the business. He then drove school bus until his retirement.

John was an avid fisherman along with his wife. He also loved to hunt and be in the great outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; five children, Laurie Smith, Wayne and Becky Smith, Cindy and Ricky Buck, Delores Socall, Carrie McBee, all of Rhode Island; stepdaughter, Laura Swenson of Evansville, Indiana; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Cleone Flynn of Plainsview, Madonna and Erland Jablinski of Hutchinson, Connie and Glenroy Berndt of St. James; brothers, Duane of Walnut Grove, Robert and Norma of Kandiyohi, Dennis and Movanne of Portsmouth, Virginia; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marcella; brothers, Leo and Vincent; son, Lyle; and grandson, Jason Smith.

Funeral services were held Monday, September 16 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Garfield with the Rev. Benjamin Schimm officiating. Burial was at St. Johns Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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