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Dennis "Denny" DeWayne Smith

March 1, 1946 ~ November 19, 2020 (age 74)


Dennis (Denny) D. Smith, age 74, of Fairfield, passed away on November 19, 2020 of heart failure at the Unity Point Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.

Denny was born on March 1, 1946 at Ralston, Iowa, son of Wayne A. and Nadine O. Hale Smith.

He worked as a meat cutter at Oscar Meyer in Perry, Cargill Meats in Ottumwa and was disa operator at Dexter Foundry in Fairfield.  He retired 2005.

Denny married Linda Garnes in 1969, they later divorced. They had three children. He later married Mary J. Malcom and became step-father of her four children.  She passed away in 1988. On June 19, 1993, he married Shirley Gowey Tucker. He became step-father to her two sons.  They were married twenty-seven years.

Denny served in Viet Nam from 1965 to 1967 as communications Specialist in the Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Nadine; infant son, Dennis Jr.; infant grandson, Bryce Tucker; stepson, Kenneth Malcom; 3 brothers Gary, Craig and Alan Smith; Father-in-law, Bruce Gowey; 2 sisters-in-law, Susan and Colleen Smith.

Denny is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Fairfield; daughters, Cheri Rinner of Woodward and Brandi Rosas of Madrid; Also surviving, Jenny Graves of Newton, Christine (Scott) Heller of Ottumwa, Kelly Malcom of Centerville, Michael (Shannon) Tucker of Wayland and Matthew (Brandy) Tucker of Fairfield. Twenty-one grandchildren, Twenty great-grandchildren.  Sister Janet Smith of Jefferson; Janice (Ronald) Tasler of Van Buren, Arkansas; sisters-in-law Deb Haney and Bernie and Norma and Rayleen Smith; mother-in-law, Doris Gowey; several nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 12, 2021, at the Elks Lodge with Reverend Dave Rogula officiating.  Lunch will follow.  Please mail any memorials to Shirley J. Smith, 2776 180th St. Fairfield, Iowa 52556.

Behner Funeral Home and Crematory is helping the family with arrangements.

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Celebration of Life
June 12, 2021

11:00 AM
Elks Lodge
West side of the Square
Fairfield, IA 52556

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