|7/29/2020 2:26:00 PM|
Larry Smith, 81, of Windom died March 5, 2020, at his home in Windom.
Larry bequeathed his body to the University of Minnesota for medical education.
A celebration of Larry's life was scheduled for Aug. 22 at Cottonwood Lake. However, due to an availability conflict, COVID-19 and those with underlying health conditions, the family will reschedule to a later date for the safety of all. Updates will be posted prior to the new date.
Larry Elwood Smith was born Feb. 16, 1939, to Merrill and Dora (Gentry) Smith at their home in Southbrook Township near Westbrook. Larry lived with his family in Westbrook until age 5 when they moved to Windom.
Larry attended Windom Schools and had memories of helping his dad, "Smitty," with janitor duties at Highland School.
He accepted Jesus as his Savior at an early age. He was later baptized and became a member of First Baptist Church in Windom.
In 1959, Larry married Ruth Ann Leverenz at First Baptist Church in Windom. They were blessed with three children: Brenda, Greg and Peggy.
Larry worked at Swanson's superstores in Windom, as well as Harlan and LeMars, Iowa. He started as a clerk and worked his way up to produce manager and then assistant manager.
He later became a licensed insurance salesman, then owned and operated several businesses over the years, including Smith Auto & Mobile Home Sales, Smitty's Car Wash and Gas, Auto & Lube, and Smith's Scorpion Snowmobiles, Antiques and Treasures. He also was a licensed auctioneer working at dealer auctions and antique classic car auctions.
With the arrival of spring came racing season. Larry built and owned many race cars. He raced at Jackson and numerous tracks for 29 years and was inducted into the Jackson Racing Hall of Fame.
He also owned three different airplanes and belonged to the Windom Flying Club. He spent Sunday afternoons at the airport, grilling, spending time with family and treating children to a plane ride.
Larry served for 13 years as a member of the Windom Fire Department.
He enjoyed taking his children on vacations and spending winters in Arizona for many years. He also enjoyed his "business meetings" in the morning and afternoon, telling stories and laughing with his buddies.
Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters; and a grandson, Marcus.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ruth Ann; children: Brenda (Todd) Miller, Greg (Colette) Smith and Peggy (Mark) Behrends; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law.