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Ross Smith

Ross Smith

Nov. 7, 1943-July 28, 2014

Ross L. Smith, 70, Vergas, died Monday, July 28, 2014 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Vergas, with Reverend Robert Hinkley officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. The visitation will continue one hour prior to Friday's services at the church.

Ross Lee Smith was born to Christ and Myrtle (Kankelfritz) Smith on November 7, 1943 in La Moure, N.D. He was raised and educated in Marion, N.D., and graduated from Marion High School in 1961.

Ross was united in marriage to Peggy Lutchen on October 12, 1962 in Marion. They farmed the family farm near Marion until they divorced in 1969. He moved to Vergas to be closer to his sister.

Ross was united in marriage to Kathleen Dahring on November 4, 1973 in Detroit Lakes. They later divorced. He was united in marriage to Terri Young on January 7, 2001 in Brainerd.

While in Vergas, he operated a dairy farm, a riding stable, raised livestock and worked as a building contractor

He enjoyed being active in the Vergas Lions and all of the Lion's Club activities. He was also active in the area Farm Aid activities and was one of the organizers of the Farm Aid Tractorcade. He also enjoyed operating the Lion's bar at the Vergas Community Center, going to auctions, rodeos and collecting antiques.

He continues his support of the Lions by having donated his eyes to the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank.

Survivors include his wife Terri, of Vergas; children, Darren (Tracy) Smith of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Todd (Mary) Smith of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Carrie Smith of Moorhead, Christa Larson of Argusville, N.D., and Ryan (Danielle) Smith of Minot, N.D.; 10 grandchildren; two great grandchildren and one on the way; a sister, Marge Wagner of Sauk Centre; and two brothers, Eugene "Jeep" (Audrey) Smith of Marion, N.D., and Don (Norma) Smith of Frazee.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a sister, Helen; and three brothers, Ken, Henry and Ray.

Furey Funeral Home ( is serving the family.