Henry "Hank" Smith

henry smith
Henry "Hank" Smith, age 82 of Elma, IA passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022 peacefully at his home in Elma. A memorial mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA. There will be a one hour visitation at the church prior to the funeral mass. Burial will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Online condolences for Hank's family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. He was was born in Elma, IA on October 30, 1939, the son of Henry and Veronica (Polansky) Smith. He attended Elma Public School. He lived in Waterloo for a time and worked at the 7-up Bottling Company and Northrup King. Later he moved to Des Moines where he was an assistant to a bricklayer. He returned to Elma where he owned and operated the Farmer’s Inn. He later worked at a variety of jobs. He especially enjoyed working at the Blue Bird and socializing. He continued to live in Elma after retirement. His family and friends will fondly remember him as “Hankster”. His favorite line when offering to do a job was “I’ll do it for five bucks and two cans of beer”. He was well-known for singing “his own songs” and donning those “rose- colored glasses”. He enjoyed watching westerns, playing cards, taking walks and spending time with his nieces and nephews. Hank is survived by his sisters, Margaret George of Phoneix, AZ, Jeanette Dickhoff of Des Moines, IA, Sue (Tom) Miller and Teresa (Joe) Klobassa of Elma, IA, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Monica Komarek and Marie Smith, brother-in-law, Alphonse Komarek and William Dickhoff.

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  1. Prayers for all Hank was my good friend and we always spend our birthdays have a blast, miss you my friend

  2. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – Elma

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