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Gearhart Funeral Home

11275 Foley Blvd Nw, Coon Rapids, MN

OBITUARY

Gene C. Smith

July 29, 1941November 17, 2019
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Age 78 of Coon Rapids died on November 17, 2019.

He was preceded in death by parents, Clint and Ruby; sister, Peg (Byron) Odell.

Gene will be deeply missed by his wife, Carol; daughter, Cathy Pagels; sons, Nathan and Rodney (Sue); grandchildren, Christy, Alex, David and Courtney; one great granddaughter, Sybil; nephew and nieces, Bruce, Brenda and Carolyn; Carol’s family; and many cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 11am on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Gearhart Funeral Home, 11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids. Visitation will begin at 9:30am. Interment at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids.

Thank you to the staff at Edgemont Place for all their care and kindness.

The following is Gene’s story as posted at Edgemont Place where he spent his last 10 months dealing with Alzheimer’s disease:

I was born on July 29th to Clint and Ruby. I grew up with one sister on a small farm. I remember having fun riding a train as a young child. After high school graduation, I worked for a company to bottle pop. I gained my boss’ trust so he let me deliver pop. I also worked at a cement block plant and at UPS for 30 years. They were both physical work, but I worked hard! I enjoyed volunteering at church and coaching softball and basketball. I met my wife, Carol, through my cousin, and we are married for over 56 years. We have three children, Cathy, Nate and Rod, and five grandchildren. I always enjoyed family birthday celebrations with cakes and games. I have always enjoyed softball and the outdoors. I also used to collect vintage model cars. After my retirement, I enjoyed working on a caterpillar to repaint and rebuild, as well as watching grandkids. I still enjoy nature, going for car rides and country, gospel music.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Nathan Smith
  • Rodney Smith
  • Alex Pagels
  • David Pagels
  • Kevin Stadler
  • Tim Sparks

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 25, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

Memories

Gene C. Smith

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Craig Hubert

December 1, 2019

I have many fond memories of the Smith family when I lived in Coon Rapids. Our families visited frequently, and played a competitive game of ping pong. I always enjoyed my time with the Smith family. Gene and Carol were always welcoming to my family. Their friendship was an oasis for us, and I will ways remember and appreciate their friendship. I am so sorry for your loss. I know what it is like to watch a loved one suffer from a terrible illness. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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