Hunting 05

Larry Joe Smith

May 21, 1944 ~ April 8, 2022 (age 77)


Larry Joe Smith, 77, of Brainerd, passed away at his home with family by his side on Friday, April 8, 2022.  A Celebration of Larry’s Life will be held from noon until 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 22, 2022, at the American Legion, Post #255, in Brainerd.  Lunch will be served at noon with a eulogy at 1:00 p.m. and sharing of stories and visiting to follow. Casual attire is welcomed; NO TIES ALLOWED. 

Larry was born May 21, 1944, in Zimmermann, the devoted son of Sydney and Emma (Danner) Smith.  After graduating high school, Larry went to work. He was a hard worker who truly was a Jack of All Trades. He was a firearm instructor. He liked hunting, trap shooting and fishing – especially when he got to travel to do it. He was a faithful man who was an active church leader.  Above all, he loved and cherished his family.  He ensured they were taught how to do things the “right away”.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 56 years, Ruth (Lehn) Smith; children, Darcy (Terry) Otto, Heidi (Chad) Culbertson, and Michael Smith; grandchildren, Dylan (Bobbi), Casey (Ashley), Sydney, Travis (Heidi), Joseph; two great-grandchildren, Alan and Lincoln; sister-in-law, Mary Sullivan; brother-in-law, Ron Lehn; and many extended family members and special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Merlyn Ann Kreger.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Larry Joe Smith, please visit our floral store.


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Larry Joe Smith
© 2022 Nelson-Doran Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility