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Daniel (Dan) M. Smith, age 64, passed away on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN due to COVID 19 and other underlying health conditions. Dan was born on June 1, 1955 the son of Nicholas & Rosemary Smith. Dan attended school in Madison, WI until June of 1972 when he enlisted in the Navy. He served onboard the USS John Hancock as a Plane Captain from 1972-1975. In 1977 he met the love of his life, Shirley Pollow, and they were married on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Ohlbrich Gardens in Madison, WI on August 5, 1978. They lived most of their married years in Verona, WI until 2014 when they moved to Forest Lake, MN to be closer to their daughters. He was the proud father of two daughters, Missy and Shelly. Dan was so thrilled to be a dad and cherished his daughters. In 2013 he was so happy to welcome his first grandchild, Owen to be followed the next year by his second, Peyton. Dan’s family meant the world to him. Dan loved his Harley motorcycle and riding in the open air. He enjoyed watching and hollering at the Green Bay Packers and in his earlier years spending lots of time with his group of friends fishing or trying to stay out of trouble. Another of Dan’s favorite past time was watching show after show of Walker Texas Ranger. There was not an episode that he had not seen numerous times. Dan owned his own courier business, Smitty’s Man and a Van, and he had many stories to tell of his deliveries. Survivors include his wife, Shirley (Pollow) Smith; daughters, Melissa (Marc) Wetterlund and Michelle Smith; grandchildren, Owen Wetterlund and Peyton Smith; sister, Diane Smith; sisters & brothers-in law, Wanda (Randy) Knipfer, Susan Pollow, Barbara (John) Carter; nieces & nephews, Amy Knipfer-Galit, Tony (Katie) Knipfer, Syreeta Davenport, Todd (Jen) Carter, Jodi (Bill) Zieske along with 9 great nieces & nephews and many friends. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas & Rosemary Smith; his sister, Carol Smith; and his father & mother-in-law, Arnie and Waunetta Pollow; and his brother-in-law, David Davenport. . “Dan, you will live in our hearts and minds forever, and we will always love you. The pain is gone and rest peacefully.”
Dan will be laid to rest with full military honors at 12:30 p.m., Monday, September 28, 2020 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.