Clarence “Smitty” Smith

Clarence “Smitty” Smith, 88, of Mora and formerly of Andover, died July 13, 2011 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West in Cambridge. 

Clarence Henry Smith was born in Mora, Minn. on Nov. 21, 1922 to Nettie (Thompson) and Alfred E. Smith, the 6th of 7 children. On Jan. 29, 1943 he married Cleo Alice Arends. They had 4 daughters: Linda Sabatke (Charles) of Rathdrum, Idaho, Beverly Payne (William) of North Branch, Minn., Joanne Trenda (Thomas) of New Prague, Minn. and Anita Standish (Allan) Standish of Anchorage, Alaska.

Clarence worked in the shipyards of Portland, Ore. 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.

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.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred & Nettie, bothers Archie & Harry Smith, sisters Gladys Engstrom and Myrna Bassett and daughter Joanne Trenda.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 18, 2011 at Constance Evangelical Free Church in Andover with Pastor Randy Discher officiating.  Joan Ford served as soloist and Melissa Fager as pianist.  Pallbearers were Christopher Sabatke, Derek Sabatke, Dominique DuCharme, Keith Payne, Isaac Westlund, Christopher Standish, Matthew Pudwill and David Pekarna. Interment was in Morningside Memorial Gardens in Coon Rapids. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.