David Smith, 1944-2016

Published 9:35 am Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Funeral services for David Brent Smith will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. The Rev. Russ Scepaniak will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and again one hour prior to the service Friday. Interment will be in St. Theodore’s Catholic Cemetery.

Brent passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at his home in Albert Lea. He was 71.

David Brent Smith was born Dec. 12, 1944, to Gilbert and Vada (Munsell) Smith in McLeansboro, Illinois. He was raised in Mount Vernon, graduating from the Mount Vernon High School in 1962. After graduation, Brent went on to Albert Lea to work with his dad for a few years at his One-Hour Cleaners company. He then earned a degree at the technical college for refrigeration. He owned and operated Brent’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for several years in Albert Lea.

David Smith

David Smith

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On Aug. 26, 1967, Brent married Faye Brandsoy in Albert Lea. Together, they raised two children.

Brent was a member of the Eagles Club, Moose Lodge and American Legion. He enjoyed working on cars, restoring old bicycles, watching Judge Judy, gardening, golfing and going to Diamond Jo’s Casino. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and ability to make others laugh.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Faye Smith; children Michelle (Andy) Schlagel and Brandon Smith; brothers Dennis (Judy) Smith and Michael Smith; brothers-and-sisters in-law Dean Brandsoy, Janet Anderson, Randy (Dorene) Brandsoy, Sharon (Mike) Tronstad and Tim Brandsoy; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Brent was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linda Pieh; mother-in-law and father-in-law Eleanor and Harold Brandsoy; brothers-in-law Dennis Brandsoy and Doug Brandsoy; sister-in-law, Sharon Brandsoy; and his beloved dog, Shelby.