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Thomas Smith

July 31, 1948-July 30, 2009

Thomas J. Smith, 60, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, in his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Tom was born to Robert and Madge (Nickeson) Smith on July 31, 1948 in Grand Forks, N.D., where he grew up and attended school, graduating in 1966 from Grand Forks Central High School. In 1970, Tom graduated from Jamestown Community College. He married Vicki Egstad on March 10, 1974, in Grand Forks; together they had six children.

Tom was employed by West Central Incorporated. He enjoyed working and spending time with his family and the light of his life, his only grandchild, Emma Rose. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Surviving Tom are his wife, Vicki Smith of Detroit Lakes; his children, Marnee (Marty) Strege of Fargo, Matthew Smith of Fayetteville, Ark., Kevin Smith of Minneapolis, Brian Smith of West Fargo, Molly Smith of Fargo and Hannah Smith of West Fargo; one granddaughter; mother, Madge Smith of Grand Forks; two brothers, Robert (Mary) Smith, Jr. of Fargo and Bradley (Diane) Smith of Devils Lake; one sister, Lynne (Dave) Roche of Grand Forks; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was his father, Robert Smith.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Pelican Rapids. There will be a memorial gathering for one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred sent to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Wright Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. An online guest book is available at