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Edward Smith

June 13, 1921-June 23, 2012

Edward G. Smith, 91, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 5 on Buffalo Lake, near Detroit Lakes. For more information contact Michael or Susan at 218-847-3429.

Edward Gustav Smith was born to Edward M. and Minnie (Mills) Smith on June 13, 1921 in Antioch, Ill. He attended a small one room school as a young boy and graduated from Antioch High School.

From 1942-45, Ed enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country overseas during World War II. With his sharp memory, Ed was able to retrace every city and stop he made while overseas providing family and friends a sneak peek into his journey during that time and era. He felt extremely honored to have had the opportunity to not only serve is country but to be a part of history.

Following his honorable discharge, Ed owned and operated a resort on Grass Lake near his hometown of Antioch. He sold this resort in the mid-1950s and worked as a carpenter until his retirement. He was also a hunting and fishing guide for several years and enjoyed his hunting excursions and fishing trips throughout North America.

In 1990, Ed moved to Minnesota to be close to his extended family. This brought many years of joy and also a new adventure for Ed.

His stories about life and friendship shared will be remembered forever and missed by his family and many friends.

Surviving Ed are his sister, Kathern Kanka of Antioch; several nieces and nephews; and his "Richwood Gang," consisting of eight great-great nieces and nephews: Jacob and Jayna Walther, Christopher, Lizzie and Mia Mohr, Ava, Bob and Susie Schoenberger.

Preceding him in death were his parents and sisters, Esther Dunworth, Margret Walsh and Louise Walther.

David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Ed may be shared online at