Carlton Ned Smith, age 82, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the son of Paul Francis and Alice Muriel (Romey) Smith on June 18, 1930, in Independence, Iowa. As a child the family moved to Dubuque, Iowa, where Ned spent his childhood years and graduated high school. Ned continued his education and attended the University of Minnesota, the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business at the University of Iowa.
Ned served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was later active in the Cedar Falls AMVETS and the Eldora American Legion. Most of Neds career was spent working in the insurance, real estate and abstracting business. Through the years he lived in the communities of: Fairfield, Iowa; Tama and Toledo, where he owned and operated Smith Insurance & Abstracting Company for 21 years; Kansas City, Mo.; Sunrise Beach on Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., where he sold real estate for 15 years; Grundy Center; Aplington; and Parkersburg.
Ned was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Aplington, serving as a past Trustee and enjoyed singing in the church choir. He was a former member of the Lake of Ozarks Methodist Church, where he served as a past Trustee and also was a former member of the United Methodist Church in Grundy Center, Iowa. He was a member of the Lions Club in Tama and Toledo, president of Iowa City Jaycees, an active member of Lake of the Ozarks Elks Club and had served as past president of Tama County I-Club.
Carlton Ned Smith
Ned has been an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan forever. He loved the game of golf. Ned especially liked to golf with the Cedar Falls AMVETS every Monday. He even joined his friends for his final round of golf four weeks ago. In his lifetime he experienced two holes-in-one. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting in his earlier years and was a lifelong fisherman. The most recent family fishing trip was on the 4th of July on Lake Millac, in Minnesota, adding to a lifetime of family memories.
Ned died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the Cedar Valley Hospice in Waterloo, of natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Virginia Fitzsimmons and Helen Johnson.
Ned is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Smith of Parkersburg; seven children, Romey (Marolyn) Smith of Loveland, Colo., Rosamond Smith of Bowling Green, Ohio, Steve Smith of Port Townsend, Wash., Darcy (Shannon) Parks of Marshalltown, Todd (Mary) Maiden of Rapid City, S.D., Lane (Cheryl) Crosser of Lenoxa, Kan. and Kara (Eric) Kruse of Allison, Iowa; 14 grandchildren, Levi Smith, Cody Smith, Allison Smith, Desiree Springstead, Jacob Parks, Olivia Parks, Jason Maiden, Kalie Maiden, McKenzie Maiden, Kyle Steinfeldt, Taylor Steinfeldt, Ryan Crosser, Nate Crosser and Emalee Crosser; and 6 great-grandchildren, Chance Smith, Collin Smith, Cooper Smith, Aurora Smith, BriAnn Fostervold and Devin Springstead.
Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, at First Presbyterian Church in Aplington with Pastor Michael McLane officiating. A special reading of "Look For Me In Rainbows"will be read by Darcy Parks. Linda Birley awill acompany those in attendance singing "Amazing Grace" and Randy Aalderks will sing "Here I Am Lord" and "Oh What A Savior". Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Parkersburg, with Lyle Uhlenhopp, Jeff Else, Eric Kruse, Kyle Steinfeldt, Ryan Crosser and Nate Crosser serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers are members of the Cedar Falls AMVETS Golf Team. Mary Sullivan, Marlys Lumley, Dotta Uhlenhopp and Gloria Lindaman served on the flower committee. Full Military Honors were conducted by the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.,Tuesday at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg and continued for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Memorials will be accepted by Neds family in his honor to be directed to the various Veterans' Organizations throughout Butler County. Online condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com