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Obituary - E.T. Lowell Smith, 61

E.T. Lowell Smith, 61, Elbow Lake, died at his home on Wednesday, January 16, 2008. Emery Thomas Lowell Smith was born September 14, 1946, in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Thomas E. and Blythe (Sells) Smith. He was baptized at United Methodist Church in Pa...

E.T. Lowell Smith, 61, Elbow Lake, died at his home on Wednesday, January 16, 2008.

Emery Thomas Lowell Smith was born September 14, 1946, in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Thomas E. and Blythe (Sells) Smith. He was baptized at United Methodist Church in Paton and confirmed at United Methodist Church in Gowrie. Lowell attended elementary school in Paton until the 4th grade, when his parents purchased the locker plant in Gowrie. Lowell graduated in 1964 from Prairie Community High School in Gowrie, attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, from 1964-1966 and graduated from the University of Minnesota with B.S. and A.M.S. degrees. He was a licensed mortician (funeral director) in the states of Minnesota and Iowa.

While attending the University of Minnesota, Lowell met and eventually married Virginia Strand of Elbow Lake. To this union, three children were born, Alissa, Jared and Justin. In October 1976, Lowell formed a partnership with Paul A. Anderson in the funeral home in Elbow Lake and Hoffman. Later, Lowell became the sole owner; he sold the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in 2007.

Lowell held memberships in numerous cultural, civic, fraternal and professional organizations and he was dedicated to his community of Elbow Lake. He had a passion for gardening and the city of Elbow Lake was a benefactor of his talents when he initiated the drive for beautification of the city. Lowell was instrumental in the many sidewalk gardens and free-standing containers that lined the city's main street. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, gun collecting and music.

Another of his many interests included the Elbow Lake Sister City program in which he served as president for many years. He was a speaker at an international conference on trade concerning the importance of modern relationships with Norway and its importance to the Red River Valley area of North Dakota and South Dakota, Minnesota and Canada. Among the many organizations of which Lowell was a member, fraternal involvement included the Masonic Lodge, Alexandria, and Past Patron of the Order of Eastern Star, Zuhrah Shrine Temple, Minneapolis, Order of DeMolay, Odd Fellows Lodge, Herman, and the Elks Lodge, Fergus Falls. He was also a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite Bodies.

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Survivors include his children, Alissa (Erik) Solie of Victoria, Jared Smith of Tintah, and Justin (Billie Jo) Smith of rural Elbow Lake; three grandchildren, Amber, Paton and Shelby Smith; step-grandsons Trevor and Garrett Solie; sisters, Muriel Stone (Erle) Johnson of Surprise, Arizona, Maureen Morgan of Lubbock, Texas; and one brother, Kevan Smith of Gowrie, Iowa; nieces, Kirsten Morlock and her daughters, Callista and Payton of Phoenix, AZ, Sherry (Don) Scherden and sons, Tyler and Kade of Lubbock, TX, and Catie Smith and her son, Khane of Dayton, IA.

Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Blythe Smith.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 21 at Bethlehem/West Elbow Lake Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake with Dr. Weston Moir and Dr. Eugene Boe officiating. Burial was at Ness Cemetery in Elbow Lake.

Funeral arrangements are with Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in Elbow Lake.

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