In Memory of

Lawrence Wayne Smith

October 18, 1920 - August 30, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Lawrence Wayne Smith

Lawrence Wayne Smith

Born: October 18, 1920
Died: August 30, 2018
Age: 97

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     Lawrence Wayne Smith, the son of Arlie R. and Grace (Huggard) Smith, was born October 18, 1920 in Plainfield, Iowa.  His childhood years were spent in Plainfield, Iowa, where he received his education, graduating from Plainfield High School.    After his graduation, he entered the military and served with the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945.  During WWII, Lawrence was trained to be a scout in the Army.  He was shipped to England on February 1943 with the fourth division and landed in France.  They met the German’s 6 miles inland.  He was wounded on February 26th in Germany.  Lawrence was taken to the field hospital and when he was healed he came back to the company to drive for the intelligence officers until the end of the war on May 7, 1945.  His Purple Heart and Bronze Star are to be buried with him.  After his service to his country, he continued his schooling at Kansas City School of Watchmaking. He later moved to Waterloo, Iowa, where he served his internship at a jewelry store. 

     Lawrence married Georgia Collins on May 24, 1947 in Kansas City, KS.  After their marriage, they moved to Reinbeck, Iowa from 1949 – 1957 and Clarksville, IA from 1957 – 1962.  They moved to Spencer in 1962, where they owned and operated Smith Jewelry until his retirement in 1988.  He was a member of the First Christian Church in Spencer.  He was also an active member of the American Legion, VFW and the Moose Lodge.  Lawrence was a longtime golfer, enjoying many years of league play on the Spencer Municipal Golf Course.  They spent two winters in Arizona until Georgia’s death in 1991.

     He passed away at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the age of 97.  Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Georgia; two brothers: Wendell and his wife, Elnora, and Glenn Smith and his wife, Margaret; one sister, Edna McNinch and her husband, Francis; and one sister-in-law, Lucille Smith. 

     Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Linda Smith of Spencer; one brother, Mark of Nashua, IA; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the First Christian Church in Spencer.
Military services will be conducted by American Legion Glen Pedersen Post #1 and VFW Clay County Post #3152 at the church following the funeral services.

A Lunch and time of Fellowship will be held at the church following the military services.

Graveside Services will be held at 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 5.  Military Services will be also conducted at the cemetery.
Rev. JoAnn Thomas
Members of the VFW Clay County Post #3159 &
American Legion Post #1 both of Spencer.
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 4th with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"In The Garden"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
by Steve Steele

ORGANIST: Sherry Groenewold

Willow Lawn Cemetery
Plainfield, IA


Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 8:01 AM
“My deepest sympathy and prayers Linda. Your dad was such a loving, kind person. He was one who always wanted to see the good in a person. I remember him and your Mom, Georgia when they had Smith Jewelers at Southpark Mall. I would always stop and see them when I was at the mall. I remember how I used to meet you two at Country Kitchen. Lawrence always enjoyed eating there. He told me one time that he was glad you and I were the best of friends. That meant a lot to me. Hang on to the beautiful memories and the many things your dad shared with you Linda. He loved you deeply and it showed. I am sorry I could not be there for you but know you are deep in my thoughts today. I know your dad is enjoying his heavenly home. God bless and keep you in his care. ”
- Charlene Smythe
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 4:30 PM
“Back when Gateway North was a viable shopping center, Lawrence and his jewelry store were major players among the many businesses there. Lawrence was a good guy with a unique sense of humor, and treated his customers fairly. I always enjoyed visiting with him.”
- Clark Marshall
Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 3:37 PM
“I am very sorry at your loss, Linda. To lose a father is hard and he will always bee missed. At the time I lost my father in 2003 someone said to me, "You'll ge used to him being gone but never get over it:”
- Raymond Russell
Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 7:39 AM
“A war hereo, a dad, a fine man who I enjoyed serving at work for many years. I'll miss him.”
- per c clarke
Friday, August 31, 2018 at 7:53 PM
“I had the pleasure of doing business with Lawrence for more than 25 years. I bought two engagement rings form him. The first one didn't take. Oh well, back to Lawrence.... no better, no more honest jeweler ever lived. He was great guy. I even worked with his brother, also a jeweler in Charles City when I moved here. Rest in peace, Lawrence.”
- Gene Hall
Friday, August 31, 2018 at 3:57 PM
“I will forever remember Lawrence and Georgia of Smith’s Jewelry while employed at the Southpark Mall. It’s hard to find an honest jeweler these days, but he was one of them. Hardworking and fair. I praise God for his long life well lived! ”
- CheryHessenius
Friday, August 31, 2018 at 3:35 PM
“My deepest sympathies to you all !
He was such a kind man ! ”
- Rhonda Olson
Friday, August 31, 2018 at 8:00 AM
“We knew Lawrence for years through his Jewelry Store and after he retired. Such a kind, gentle man. May god bless.”
- Tracy & Karla Nielsen
Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 8:24 PM
“My deep condolences and sympathy to you. The Bible makes this comforting promise: “Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 34:18) It is comforting to know that God has promised a resurrection hope soon. (John 5:28, 29) ”
- EB
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