John "Ode" David Smith

July 18, 1953 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

John "Ode" Smith Obituary

   JOHN “ODE” DAVID SMITH, age 70, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Luverne, died Tuesday, January 16, suddenly at his home. He was born July 18, 1953, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Jack and ElDora (Kersbergen) Smith. Ode graduated from Luverne High School in 1972. He later received his business degree from Mankato State University.
   Ode married Deb Haper in 1988, in Luverne. The couple lived in Sioux Falls, SD where Ode worked as a Software Sales Associate for over twenty five years.
   He loved spending his summers at The Lucky Acres Campground on Lake Miltona where he could be found catching 49” muskees and sinking birdies on the golf course with his friends. His daughter was the light of his life and he was most proud of her faith in Christ and her teaching career.
   Ode is survived by his daughter, Abby Smith, Plymouth; two sisters, Randa (Dave) Gangestad, Luverne; and Sheila (Rob) Stegenga, Luverne; former wife, Deb Smith, Sioux Falls, SD; many nieces & nephews; and his granddog, Champ.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister, Mary.

   A time of fellowship will be 4-6 pm Tuesday, January 23 at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne. Memorial service will be at 6 pm Tuesday at the Dingmann Funeral Home, in Luverne, officiated by Pastor Kirk Flaa. Burial will take place at a later date.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Condolences may be sent to Abby Smith, 1127 N. Lalley Ln. Sioux Falls, SD  57107.

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Time of Fellowship
January 23, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Dingmann Funeral Home (Luverne)
300 N. Kniss Ave.
Luverne, Minnesota 56156

Memorial Service
January 23, 2024

6:00 PM
Dingmann Funeral Home (Luverne)
300 N. Kniss Ave.
Luverne, Minnesota 56156


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