I feel it is worthy of note, again, that he died at age 70 four months after I was born (I'm one of the two grandchildren mentioned, below, along with my cousin, Gary, son of Maxine) and I have now passed my 71st birthday on July 1 of this year.
From the Coon Rapids Enterprise (via the LVene Thomas Smith family history book)
Star Farmer Dies - Funeral Services Here Wednesday
Heart Attack Fatal to Well Known Farmer Sunday
Under the direction of the Rev. W.F. Clayburg, pastor of the Methodist Church at Carroll, funeral services for William E. Smith, of the Star community, were conducted at Coder's funeral home at 2 p,m, Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Smith died Sunday at the age of 70.
Pallbearers were Bernice McLaughlin, Bois McLaughlin, Leo Moylan, Conrad Lawrence, Ed Williams, and Roscoe Bowman. Special music was furnished by a Quartet composed of George Textor, Dale Textor, Doug Coder and Chas. W. Thomas. Mrs. Roswell Jordan accompanied them at the piano, Mrs. J. Thos. Rogers furnishing organ music.
Out of town relatives attending the funeral were Mrs. Lena Brown, of Scranton, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Ballard of Waterloo, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barlett of Perry.
William Emanuel Smith, son of Michael and Nellie Smith, was born in Moline, Illinois, May 22, 1869, and died at his country home north of Coon Rapids on October 8, 1939, at age 70 years, 4 months and 16 days.
When he was a small boy he moved with his parents to Grand Mound, Iowa. At the age of 12 years he moved to Carroll County and made his home in this vicinity until the time of his death.
On May 11, 1904, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Ellen Preston Ballard and to this union were born nine children. Mrs. Smith and two sons preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his passing Willard, Irene, LVene (Mrs. Verle Thomas), Pauline (Mrs. Merl Bower), LeVerne, Maxine (Mrs. Orrin Hilgenberg), Bethene, one step son, Grant Ballard and two grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Lena Brown of Scranton, Mrs. Elsie Grapes of Boone, Nebraska; two brothers, Joseph Smith of St. Edwards, Nebraska, Robert Smith of Bakersfield, California, and one half sister, Mrs. Mary Mohr of Grand Mound, Iowa, beside a host of friends and acquaintances.
Families are Forever! ;-)