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Galen F. Smith 1987-2008

Jun 17, 2008

A Mass of Christian Burial for Galen Smith was held Saturday, June 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mallard. The Rev. Edmund Tiedeman was celebrant.
Interment was in Rush Lake Cemetery, Curlew. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.
Casket bearers were Dean Gunderson, Dave Kassel, Joe Schuller, Dan Noonan, Ron Rouse and Tom Stillman.
On Wednesday, June 11, 2008, Galen Smith was struck by lightning while working with his Dad on a building project at his home near Curlew.
Galen Francis Smith was born Nov. 26, 1987, in Emmetsburg, the son of Vernon and Rose (Hugeback) Smith. He attended Mallard Grade School, and he was a 2006 graduate of West Bend-Mallard High School.
Galen continued his education at Iowa State University, majoring in mechanical engineering. In his short time at ISU, Galen was recognized for an outstanding engineering accomplishment for ME270 Semester Best Team Design Presentation.
Galen was a true farm boy at heart. He was very active in 4-H where he served on the Palo Alto County Council and was also involved in collegiate 4-H. Galen had many talents. He played piano, trumpet, violin, and the pipe organ at ISU. He was an accompanist for St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed wood carving and spending time at the “Bo Lodge,” which he spent many hours building. He played high school basketball and football, and participated in college intramural flag football and softball. Galen loved his Ford tractor, collecting John Deere miniatures, fishing, and most of all, his family.
Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Vernon and Rose (Hugeback) Smith of Curlew; a sister, Laura Smith of Curlew; maternal grandmother, Nancy Hugeback; paternal grandmother, Eleanor Smith; aunts and uncles: Bruce and Linda Biermann, Glen and Diane Smith, Don and Coleen Hugeback, John and Gwen Hanson, Kim and Ann Dunn, Ron and LeAnn Hugeback, Marcy and Chris Kaiser, Mike and Tracy Hugeback, Sara and Jim Richardson, Ruth Hugeback and Verna and Aaron Ellison; cousins: Stacy Biermann and Ryan Perry; Sarah Biermann; Rachel and Scott Smith; Megan and Allison Hanson; Rebecca, Amanda, and Danielle Dunn; Heather and Kyle Hugeback; Samantha Aldag; Austin, Garrett and Cauy Hugeback; Emily, Ian, Eryn and Corwin Kaiser; and Isaac Ellison.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Virgil Francis Hugeback and paternal grandfather, S. Evan Smith.
Condolences online at: www.joycefuneralhomes.com