Mansel Smith, 95, of Fort Dodge, passed away at the Good Samaritan Society Home of Newell on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at The First Church of the Nazarene in Fort Dodge with the graveside service being held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Leon Cemetery, Leon, IA. The visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted with Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
Mansel was born in Van Wert, IA on May 23, 1918 to James and Ora (West) Smith. He grew up and attended Leon High School. Mansel married Wonda Boles on February 15, 1937 at the Osceola Parsonage. He farmed in Southern Iowa, drove a truck transporting stock, car transport and freight and then worked for National Gypsum for 15 years. In 1963 they made their home in Fort Dodge and in 2007 Mansel moved to the Good Samaritan Society Home in Newell. He was a very active friendly resident as he had been in his neighborhood in Fort Dodge before that. There are many friends and family that will miss him.
Mansel is survived by his children, Max (Joyce) Smith of Mount Ayr, IA and Kay M. MacDonald of Storm Lake, IA; grandchildren, Lesa (Rick) Klouda of Des Moines, IA, Jeffrey (Tammy) Smith of Hudson, CO, Sherri (Randy) Seynaeve of Vancouver, WA and Ian (Laura) MacDonald of Northglenn, CO; great-grandchildren, Kiley (Ryan) Gerhardy, Chad Rouse, Tanner Smith, Emily Seynaeve, Joshua Seynaeve, Ben Le, Alexander Le and Elijah Le; stepgrandchildren, Jennifer (Brett) Black, Anica Klouda and Landon (Tiffany) Klouda; stepgreat-grandchildren Alexandra, Nic, Karissa Perreault, Melia, Maraena, Serena and Sabrie Black, Chanel, Colton and Cadence Klouda. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Wonda; son-in-law Chuck MacDonald and his brother Lavonne (Edith) and sisters, Marie (Carroll) Beck, Maxine (Luther) Woodard and Velva (John) Scholl.