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Roger Smith01/03/2009
Roger Lloyd Smith, 74, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, after a long and courageous battle
with emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Memorial services will
be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Iles Funeral Homes — Dunn's Chapel. His
family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Private
burial will follow at a future date.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Smith and Eleanor Smith-Russell.

He is survived by two daughters, Tamie (Greg) Osby of Urbandale and Kara (Dan) Hildreth
of Farmington, Minn.; three grandchildren, Tyler Osby of Des Moines, Angela Osby
of Urbandale and Chase Hildreth of Farmington; a special friend, Lela Murrow of
Windsor Heights; two brothers, Calvin (Jane) Smith and Larry (Mary Lou) Smith and
a sister, Alice (Roy) Kincaid all of Knoxville.

Roger Lloyd Smith was born December 16, 1934, at home on a farm in Ellendale, Minn., to parents Harry
and Eleanor "Darlene" Smith. He graduated from Knoxville High School. He volunteered
to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in the
Seattle area for two years.

Roger attended Drake University to study pharmacy. He worked as a top pharmaceutical
sales person for 25 years. He enjoyed the relationships he built after calling on
many physicians and hospitals across Iowa and the Des Moines area during his career.

He married Opal Link in 1957 and the couple made a home in Des Moines for many years.
They later divorced after having two daughters.

During his life, Roger was involved with several organizations, including an investment
club, Toastmasters and found reward in his work with the Des Moines International
Understanding group.

He hosted many individuals and families from around the world
and traveled as a member of the Des Moines Chapter of Friendship Force. Family and
work were very important to Roger.

In his retirement, Roger volunteered many hours of service for years at the Des
Moines Veterans Hospital and the senior center off Franklin Avenue in Des Moines. < Roger was very philanthropic during his entire lifetime.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or be given to his family
to be used for an Iowa State Fair memorial.

Online condolences may be made at www.ilesfuneralhomes .com