Alfred E. Smith May 12, 1929 – Nov. 12, 2020

Alfred E. Smith

      Alfred E. Smith, 91, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

      Private graveside services for Al will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at Calvary Cemetery in Cascade with Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding.  A eulogy will be given by David G. Smith.  Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade is in charge of arrangements.  Anyone wishing to send a memorial to the family may address it to Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN:  Al Smith family, P.O. Box #430, Cascade, Iowa  52033.

      He was born May 12, 1929 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Hilar N. and Mary Emerence (Engler) Smith.  He received his education in the former St. Paul’s School in Worthington.  On Nov. 22, 1950 he was united in marriage to Rose M. Koob at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cascade.   The couple farmed two farms, a dairy operation in Cascade and hog operation near Worthington for 24 years, in 1952 and 1953 they raised 5,000 turkeys each year on a farm near Independence.  He then was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works.  Al has enjoyed playing the harmonica since he was 10 years old.  

      Casketbearers for Al were Anna Brown, Alyssa Grimm, Roy Brown, Daniel Smith, Torrey Butterfield, Adam Smith, Jorden Grimm and Olivia Brown.  

      He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade; UAW Local #94 of Dubuque, Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #930, and National Farmers Organization (NFO).

      He is survived by his wife, Rose Smith of Cascade; five children, David G. (Dr. Sharon Maroney) Smith of Blue Grass, Edward J. (Janet) Smith of Apple Valley, Minn., Daniel R. (Barb) Smith of Davenport, Diane (Roy) Smith-Brown of Davenport, and Amy R. (Torrey) Butterfield of Pewaukee, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Howard “Bud” Smith of Florida and Carlyn Hunt of Edgewood.

      He is preceded in death by his parents; his siblings and their spouses, Louis (Florence) Smith, Cletus Smith, Emmett (Betty) Smith, George (Lavina) Smith, Jeanette (Louis) Fangmann, Germaine (Joe) McElmeel, Eileen (Bud) Watson and two sisters in infancy; a sister-in-law, Leona Smith and a brother-in-law, Virgil Hunt.

      A online video tribute may be viewed after Monday and online condolences may be sent to the family at In lieu of flowers an Alfred E. Smith memorial fund has been established.

      The family would like to thank the River Bend Retirement staff and Kat (Monk) Felton for all the care given to Al.


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