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Harley Smith

Feb. 17, 1954-March 14, 2012

Harley B. Smith, 58, of Fargo, died on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Sanford Health, Fargo.

Harley Burt Smith was born to Ralph and Florence (Jendro) Smith on February 17, 1954 in Fargo. He was raised on the family farm near Alice, N.D., and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1972. He graduated from North Dakota College of Science in Wahpeton, where he received an HVAC degree.

Harley married Dawn Unger on August 30, 1974 in Page, N.D. They lived in several communities in the Fargo area and from 1991 to 2003, lived in Detroit Lakes. They returned to Fargo in 2003.

Harley worked at Sears in Fargo, Smith TV and Appliance in Casselton, and Arctic Services in Fargo. When they moved to Detroit Lakes, he was employed by King Mechanical, Laney's and Riverside Mechanical, and later at Comfort Masters in Moorhead until he retired due to health reasons.

Harley was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith at St. Anthony's in 1986. He loved spending time camping and fishing with the family. He was a woodworker, recently making walking sticks and canes. Harley was a man of many talents and was known to fix nearly anything.

Surviving Harley are his wife, Dawn; five children, Shannon of Roseburg, Ore., Brian of Fargo, Brandon of Roseburg, Brady of Fargo and Adam of Fargo; great friend and honorary son, Dustin Campbell and his kids Casadee and Connor; six siblings, Lyle (Judy) of Perham, Dennis (Teri) of Fargo, Raymond of Fargo, Richard (Karen) of Alice, Bradley (Tammy) of Casselton and Brenda (Rex) Lusty of Moorhead; sister-in-law, Judy Smith of Fargo; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents and brother, Douglas, preceded him in death.

Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at West Funeral Home, West Fargo.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo, with visitation one hour prior to the start of services.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery South, Fargo.

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