ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - Memorial services for Douglas "Jiggs" Smith, 90, of Estherville will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Estherville United Methodist Church. The Rev. Lynn Elrod will perform the ceremony.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Henry-Olson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Douglas Junior "Jiggs" Smith, the son of Walter and Vera (Hegarty) Smith was born Aug. 15, 1922, on a farm on Eagle Lake north of Estherville, Iowa. He died on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society in Estherville, Iowa, at the age of 90.
He attended school at Ellerwarth District 4. In 1930, the family moved to a farm in Lake Belt Township, Martin County, Minn. He graduated from District 45 in 1937. He worked on the family farm. After the death of his father in 1942, he farmed the place for his mother.
On Feb. 14, 1948, he was united in marriage to Geraldine Null at the Methodist Parsonage in Estherville. The couple farmed until 1988. They raised beef cattle and hogs. In December 1988, they retired and stayed on the farm. The couple did some traveling in their retirement and one special trip they made was to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Left to cherish Jiggs memory are his wife, Geraldine of Estherville; children, Kathryn Kleine and her husband, Fred, of Becker, Minn.; Peggy Laubenthal and her husband, Ken, of Bancroft, Iowa; Perry Smith and his wife, Yvonne, of Madison Lake, Minn.; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brother, Francis of Welcome, Minn.; sister, Marie Ankrum of Vancouver, Wash.; and sister-in-law, Betty Smith of Plainview, Minn..
He has been preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leonard; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law and his mother and father-in-law. www.henryolsonfuneral.com