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Forrest Smeltzer

Forrest Smeltzer

Male 1928 - 2012  (83 years)

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  • Name Forrest Smeltzer 
    Born 25 Oct 1928  North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 May 2012  Cando, North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I20668  Whitton
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2018 

    Father Willard W Smeltzer,   b. 27 Feb 1891, Nappanee, Elkhart, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1944, Zion Cemetery, Cando, Towner County, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Emily Kinsman,   b. 1898,   d. 1994, Zion Cemetery, Cando, Towner County, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1 Jan 1920 
    Family ID F8388  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F8389  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Forrest D. Smeltzer, 83, Cando, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012, at his home after a lengthy illness.

      Forrest Dale Smeltzer was born Oct. 25, 1928, in Cando, to the Rev. Willard and Mary Emily (Klinzman) Smeltzer. He was raised on the family farm in Olson Township. He attended Prairie Rose Country Grade School and graduated from Cando High School. At the age of 16, he took over the farming responsibilities after the death of his father. On June 8, 1951, he was united in marriage to Jacqueline (Jackie) Gunderson of Maza. To this union, a son, Kelly Don, was born on Oct. 23, 1959. Forrest and Kelly enjoyed working and farming together. In his 67 years of farming, he loved working the soil, raising beef cattle and for 30 of those years milked Brown Swiss dairy cattle. Forrest and Jackie continued to live on the family farm.

      Forrest enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing, camping with his family, music, singing in church, working with animals, family pets, gardening, raising roses and prided himself on the ability to shoot accurately with his iron sights until the age of 80. Later in life he learned to play the banjo and the harmonica. Many winter evenings were spent making music with his family. He enjoyed visiting with neighbors and friends over a cup of coffee when they would stop by.

      Forrest was a lifelong member of the former Cando Church of The Brethren where he served on many boards and taught adult Bible study. He also served on the Towner County ASCS Board, along with being the Olson Township assessor for many years.

      He is survived by his wife, of 60 years, Jackie Smeltzer; and his son, Kelly Smeltzer, both of Cando.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; and his father and mother-in-law, Howard and Myrtle Gunderson.

      Services will be held on Monday, May 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church, Cando, with the Rev. Les Koenig officiating.

      Visitation will be held at the Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home, Cando, on Sunday, May 20, 2012, from 1 to 5 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

      Music will be from Roberta Mundal, Wayne Freund and Marguerite Freund. Pallbearers will be Harlynn Bjerke, Edward Walters, Bruce Lewallen, Thomas Belzer, Marc Berg and Simon Laturnus.

      Interment will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Cando.