David M. Smith

August 4, 1940April 10, 2014
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David M. Smith Johnston

David “Dave” Smith, 73, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines with private inurnment of his cremated remains at Resthaven Cemetery.

Dave was born in Carroll, Iowa the son of Henry and Wilma Smith. He grew up in Glidden, Iowa and lived for many years in Osage, Iowa where he married Charlene Peterson on April 10, 1970. He was the hospital administrator and a volunteer firefighter, serving for five years as fire chief. Dave and Charlene moved to Des Moines in 1993 and he worked for Wellmark until retiring in 2006.

Dave loved the time he was able to spend with his grandkids. He played in bridge groups in Johnston and Grimes and enjoyed breakfast and lunch gatherings with his dear friends.

He is survived by two daughters, Julie (Chris) Dunham of Johnston, Iowa and Heather Goeders of Clive, Iowa; three grandchildren, Amara Dunham, and Noah and Ben Goeders; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Mary Wilke. Dave was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 40 years, Charlene; brother, Dale Smith; and his sister, Mary Lou Taylor.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel. Memorial contributions may be given to the Iowa Firefighters Memorial, P.O. Box 7, Traer, IA 50675.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 15, 2014
  • Visitation Monday, April 14, 2014

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Jim Bellman

April 17, 2014

Julie and Heather -

Very sorry to hear of your fathers passing.

Susan Boyer

April 15, 2014

Julie - as you go through the next several days, may the happy memories you have alleviate some of your sorrow.

Rae Anne Havig

April 14, 2014

Julie & Heather,
I was so sorry to read of your dad's passing. What a kind, gentle man he was. I know you will miss him terribly but I also know your mom is SO HAPPY to see him. Take care. Rae Anne Havig

Judy Bratz-Kupfer

April 14, 2014

Dave and I spent "windshield time" (his words) visiting providers when he was with Wellmark. He was a great colleague and spoke with great affection of his family. I know you have great memories.

Carlin Moser

April 14, 2014

I knew Dave from Wellmark. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Diane Wolf

April 13, 2014

I also worked with Dave at Wellmark. He was a master at what he did! I know Julie too from Wellmark. My prayers are with you and your sister Heather.

Je nnifer Perry

April 13, 2014

I'm very sorry to hear of your dad's passing - thoughts and prayers to both of you. May you feel God's presence and peace during this time.

April 13, 2014

There are no words. I did not know Dave, only his daughter Heather. My prayers are with the family. To know you Heather, makes me so aware of what a blessing your father was. He lives on through you, your boys and family.


April 13, 2014

Many fond memories of spending time at the Smith house with Dave and Char. Such great people. Love to you Heather and Julie. May the peace of knowing they are together in heaven comfort you. Hugs!

Jo Gillespie

April 12, 2014

I worked with Dave at Wellmark many years ago. He was a very kind man and a pleasure to work with. Sending many prayers to his family.