Thomas A. Smith
July 2, 1938 ~ March 9, 2013
Thomas A. Smith, age 74, of Elma, IA passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. Thomas Alphonse Smith was born July 2, 1938 in Elma, IA, the son of Clement and Mabel (Tierney) Smith. He attended school at Our Lady of Lourdes School and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1956. He entered the U.S. Air Force for four years. Tom married Shirley Rance at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma on February 8, 1964. They lived their married life in Elma. He was employed as postmaster in Elma for 32 years and served in the Army and Air Force Reserve for a total of 28 years. Tom was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, John Frahm American Legion Post #597 of Elma, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Elma Knights of Columbus Council #4144, Catholic Order of Foresters, National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), and United Commercial Travelers (UCT). He served as an officer with these organizations. Tom was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved to socialize and play cards.Tom is survived by his wife Shirley of Elma; children Todd (Julie) Smith of Elma, Terry (Patty) Smith of Belmond, IA, Tammy (Tony) White of Kansas City, MO, and Ted (Wendy) Smith of Mantorville, MN; 12 grandchildren Phillip, Raquel, Lauren, Jackson and Olivia Smith, Sarah, Nathan and Adam Smith, Tyler and Trever White and Anna and Abby Smith; five brothers Clem (Judy) Smith of Cresco, IA, Dennis (Marie) Smith of Elma, Paul (Nancy) Smith of Ft. Worth, TX, Francis (Carol) Smith of Elma and Patrick (Barb) Smith of Elma; five sisters Sister Mary Smith of Clinton, IA, Bernie (Bob) Voves of Elma, Elaine (Mike) Farrington of Elma, Annie (Chuck) Riley of Elma, and Rosie (Mike) Zeimetz of Elma; mother-in-law Angeline Rance of Elma and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Clement and Mabel Smith and father-in-law, Raymond Rance. Cemetery: Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Lourdes, IA with grandsons Phillip Smith, Jackson Smith, Nathan Smith, Adam Smith, Tyler White and Trever White serving as casket bearers. Military rites will be provided by Elma American Legion John Frahm Post #597. Memorial may be directed to Tom's family. Visitation will be from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA with a 7:00pm 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Chalice presentation and a 7:30pm scriptural wake service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30am on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, IA with Father Steve Garner celebrating mass.