Raymond L. Smith, 87
Raymond L. Smith, 87, of Laurel, IA passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018, at the Iowa River Hospice Home with his family by his side in Marshalltown, IA. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Laurel United Methodist Church in Laurel. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral services at the church. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery in rural Laurel. A memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Raymond was born December 19, 1930 to H. Ray and Maida (Arney) Smith, in Marshalltown. He graduated from Ferguson High School. Raymond served his country in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Wanda Sietmann on July 27, 1955 in Hanau, Germany. Raymond farmed the rural Laurel area. He was a member of the Laurel United Methodist Church where he was a lay leader and a Sunday School Teacher. Raymond served on the school board, county extension council, and a member of the Laurel Lions Club. He was a little league coach and played on the church fast pitch softball team. Raymond was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and New York Yankees fan. He enjoyed playing cribbage and collected small town coin banks. Raymond loved to take his family on camping trips every summer.
Raymond will be missed by his wife, Wanda, three children; Brent Smith of Laurel, Brenda (Jeff) Arnold of State Center, IA, Brad (Kathy) Smith of Cedar Rapids, IA, five grandchildren; Eli Smith, Dani (Andrew) Haskenhoff, Tanner Arnold, Sacora Smith, and Zachary Smith, two great grandchildren; Camden and Lennon Haskenhoff, a sister Deloris (Lynn) Zesch, and a brother, Jack (Kathy) Smith.