Larry Michael Smith, age 72, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away May 3, 2019, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 10, 2019, at 1:00 P.M., at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson with interment in the church cemetery.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held Friday, May 10, 2019, from 12:00-1:00 P.M., one hour prior to the service, at the church.
Military Honors provided by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.
Larry Michael Smith was born on July 7, 1946, in Willmar, Minnesota. He was the son of Luvern and Alice (Anderson) Smith. Larry was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his faith as a youth. He received his education in Willmar, graduating with the Willmar High School Class of 1964.
On February 10, 1968, Larry was united in marriage to Jacquelyn Malecek at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Willmar. This marriage was blessed with five children, Christopher, Andrew, Matthew, Jason, and Vern. Larry and Jackie lived in Willmar before making their home in Hutchinson, Minnesota in 1974. They shared 51 years of marriage.
Larry enlisted in active duty service in the United States Air Force on January 7, 1966, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served in England during the Vietnam War as a Jet Air Craft Mechanic. Larry was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant on December 10, 1969, at McGuire Air Force Base in Burlington County, New Jersey.
Larry was employed as a parts manager at the Ford Dealership in Hutchinson for 34 years, before retiring in 2008. He was a member of the American Legion Post #96 and Life Member of the Elks in Hutchinson, where he was a Past Exalted Ruler.
Larry enjoyed playing bingo with his bingo buddies. He also enjoyed playing games on the computer, going to the casino, and watching television. He cherished his time spent with his grandchildren, family, and friends.
Larry passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, at the age of 72 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Larry is survived by his:
Wife, Jackie Smith of Hutchinson, MN;
Sons, Andrew Smith of Shakopee, MN,
Matthew Smith and his wife, Erika, of Hutchinson, MN,
Jason Smith of Hutchinson, MN,
Vern Smith and his wife, Kathryn of Big Lake, MN;
Grandchildren, Avery, Hayden, Howie, Hudson, Hattie, Lily, Anastasia, and Gideon;
Sister, Linda Leopold and her husband, Tim, of Galesville, WI;
Brothers-In-Law, Robert Minzel, Ed Malecek and his wife, Martha, Ted Malecek and his wife, Margie, Dave Malecek and his special friend, Laureen, Michael Malecek, Steve Malecek and his wife, Hisae, Jon Malecek and his wife, Patty;
Sisters-In-Law, Mary Spears and her husband, Alan, Jean Hayes and her husband, Don, Terry Foss and her husband, Daryl;
nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Larry is preceded in death by his Parents, Luvern and Alice Smith; Son, Christopher Smith; Brother, Doug Smith; Sister, Mary Minzel; Sister-In-Law, Patricia Malecek-Rademacher; Parents-In-Law, Ed and Louise Malecek.