Clifford L. Smith
Clifford L. Smith, 91 of Britt passed away Saturday, June, 26, 2021 at Kanawha Community Home.
Funeral services for Cliff Smith will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Bethel Baptist Church, 480 Main Avenue North in Britt with Pastor Greg Baum officiating.
Visitation for Cliff Smith will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, June 28, 2021 at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West in Britt and will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Tuesday.
Clifford Lee Smith was born April 16, 1930 to George Earl and Emily May (Aitchison) Smith in Stilson, Iowa.
Cliff enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 and served during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to work at the Hawley Garage in Mason City, working as a mechanic as he did prior to his time in the military.
Cliff was united in marriage to Eileen Lewerke on November 16, 1951. The couple made their home in Mason City for a time, before moving to Minneapolis where Cliff was employed by the Chrysler Corporation as a regional troubleshooter. This career change brought with it extensive traveling across the country.
Later, Cliff and Eileen moved their young family to Britt, where he was employed by Britt Tech, serving as Vice President of Manufacturing. Again, this position required travel and also brought many visitors from around the globe to the Smith home for dinners. Cliff later worked as a salesman for NACHURS Fertilizer, retiring at the age of 83.
Cliff is remembered for his fierce determination, strong work ethic and his passionate pursuit of perfection. He was known to be the person that people called on when they were in their time of need and he expressed his love of others through his service and sacrifice.
Cliff was a longtime member of the Britt Rotary Club. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, throwing horseshoes at family reunions, fishing trips with his brothers-in-law to Canada, traveling with Eileen, eating ice cream and driving as fast as he could get by with.
Cliff was a dedicated member of Bethel Baptist Church in Britt, where he served the youth as an Awana leader for many years, and he lived his faith as a Gideon.
Cliff is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Eileen, of Britt; daughters Kay Brooks and her husband, Ron, and Jo Miller and her husband, Matthew; grandchildren Alyssa (Tim) Hahn, Adam (Alexandria) Allen, Jacob Miller, Grace Miller and Benjamin Miller; great-grandchildren CJ Allen, Lane Allen, Kaci Allen and Riker Allen; along with other extended family members and friends.
Cliff is preceded in death by his parents, siblings Calvin Smith, Carol Nelson, Marian Fikse and Allen Smith.