Clarence H. Smith, age 88, of Mora and formerly of Andover, died July 13, 2011 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West in Cambridge. Funeralservices will be held at noon on Monday, July 18th at Constance Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Randy Discher officiating. Avisitation will be held one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Interment will be in Morningside Memorial Gardens inCoon Rapids. Memorials are suggested to Children’s Shelter of Cebu.
Clarence Henry “Smitty” Smith was born in Mora, MN on November 21, 1922 to Nettie (Thompson) and Alfred E. Smith, the 6th of 7 children. On January 29, 1943 he married Cleo Alice Arends. They had 4 daughters: Linda Sabatke (Charles) of Rathdrum, ID, Beverly Payne (William) of North Branch, MN, Joanne Trenda (Thomas) of New Prague, MN and Anita Standish (Allan) Standish of Anchorage, AK.
Clarence worked in the shipyards of Portland, OR during WWII as a welder, a skill he continued to use throughout his life. He worked for many years as a custodian in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
Clarence passed away July 13, 2011 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West in Cambridge at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 22 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred & Nettie, bothers Archie & Harry Smith, sisters Gladys Engstrom and Myrna Bassett and daughter Joanne Trenda.
He is survived by his wife Cleo; daughters Linda, Bev & Nita; Grandchildren Revana, Christopher, Athena, Derek, Chris, Dominique, Keith, Angelique, Isaac & Matthew; Great-Grandchildren Aaron, Devyn, Michael, Keely, Aurora, Alex, Soren, Brandon, Avery, Cyrus, Hailey & Thayer; Great-Great-Grandchildren Sofia and Duncan; sister Margaret and brother Stanley; and many nieces & nephews.