Benjamin Elmer Smith, age 70

Benjamin Elmer Smith, age 70, of East Grand Forks, MN passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at his home in East Grand Forks, MN.

Ben was born on June 3, 1945 in Morris, MN to the late Clarence and Ruth (Hills) Smith.  He was raised in Manvel, ND and graduated from Central High School in Grand Forks, ND.  Afterwards, he honorably served his country in the US Marine Corp.  He then attended Kundred Aviation School in Fargo, ND.  On October 5, 1974 he was united in marriage to Cheryl Nelson in East Grand Forks, MN.  During his career he worked for Stones Mobile Radio, Stans Communication and finally for the City of East Grand Forks for 32 years until his retirement in 2009.  He was a very active member of the East Grand Forks, MN Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3817 and served as its Commander for 3 years.

Ben is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Cheryl Smith of East Grand Forks, MN; brother, Douglas (Joyce) Smith of Centertown, KY; sisters, Virginia (Larry) Hartse of Arizona City, AZ and Ann Marie Buckley of Grand Forks, ND; Godsons, Dillon Nelson and Sam Garcia; nephew, Timothy; niece, Angela; and 2 grand-nephews, Charles Riley and Hunter Douglas.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Curtis Smith.

Funeral Service:  10:30 am ~ Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Dahl Funeral Home 2029 Central Ave NW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721

Visitation: One hour before service.

Interment:  Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN

Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com

Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota

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