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Bruce E. Smit
IRETON, IOWA ~ Bruce E. Smit, 62, of Ireton, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2022 at his residence under hospice care with his wife by his side.
A service to celebrate his life will begin at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2022 at the Ireton Community Center with a supper to follow. Friends may visit with the family beginning at 4:00 p.m. and also at the supper. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family prefers memorials be directed to the Ireton Fire Department. The Porter Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.
Bruce was born in Pomona, CA on October 12, 1959 to Delmar and Ardel Smit. Bruce moved to Ireton, IA in 1967. Growing up, Bruce was a member of the Ireton Pee Wee ball teams and played in the Bud Kemper Tournaments, and you could find Bruce at Del’s Clover Farm on Saturday mornings sacking groceries with his two brothers. He graduated from West Sioux in 1977.
Bruce went directly into the work force after high school, and started working for Paul Vander Ham. He did a lot of cement work, roofing/shingling, remodels and occasionally new structures. He left his mark in many houses and farms in the Ireton area.
When Delmar bought the Hardware store, Bruce was the manager for 6 to 7 years. Bruce became the full-time rural route mail carrier for Ireton in February of 1990. Not only did Bruce work 6 days a week for the United States Postal Service, he also worked for Eisma’s Garage with Stuart Eisma after his mail route during the week. Bruce retired from the USPS on February 25, 2022.
Bruce joined the Ireton Fire Department at age 18 and put in 44 years of services. For many of these 44 years, Bruce was a training officer for the department and ran the pumper. Bruce was also a member of the Ireton Rescue Unit for 20 years. He was devoted to helping others and helping his community. He loved his fellow Firefighter Brothers. Bruce retired from the Ireton Fire Department on January 31, 2022.
Bruce met the love of his life, Tina, during an EMT class in 1986, where Bruce was Tina’s patient. They married in October of 1986. Bruce and Tina were blessed with two children, Brandon and Brandi. Bruce spent their growing-up years taking them camping, fishing, and boating. He was passionate about woodworking, hunting, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and gardening.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Tina; two children, Brandon and Nicole Smit, and their son Bryce of Fortuna CA, and Brandi Smit and friend, Josh Fulton of Chapin, SC; his mother, Ardel Smit of Hawarden, IA; two brothers, Doug and Janet Smit of Ireton, and Ken and Kim Smit of Sioux Center; mother-in-law, Alice Harris of Ireton; father-in-law, Richard Case of Hawarden; brother-in-law, Ben and Nichole Case of Albany, OR; and nieces and nephews. Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Delmar.
Bruce was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be deeply missed by many but will always be remembered and loved.
Tina and family Bruce's lose leaves a big hole in many hearts he was a great friend love
Todd and Linda Degen Mar 18 2022 5:26 PM
Tina, Brandon and Brandi
We are so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. Always remember your memories and we are saying prayers for you and the family.
Audrey and James Leming Mar 16 2022 7:03 PM
Tina and family, so sorry for Bruce's passing. It was a privilege and joy to get to know him. He meant a lot to alot of people.
Doug and Susan Ten Napel Mar 16 2022 4:59 PM
So sorry for your loss. Bruce was such a great guy. I'll really miss talking to him on the phone and discussing our cancer battles. With deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Carmie Bosch Mar 16 2022 1:10 PM
So sad to hear about Cousin Bruce's passing. He always had a smile for everyone. Many fond memories at Grandpa and Grandma Bowden's growing up. Bruce's pain is now over. My sincere condolences to all of you.
Larry Juffer Mar 15 2022 6:13 PM
Our thoughts &. Prayers go out to the whole family.i remember Bruce always having a smile on his face.i remember Bruce carrying out groceries on Saturday for my Mom & Dad (Mary & Bill Wilken) when they got there groceries at Del's Clover Farm for the week on the farm at McNally,ia. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace and comfort.
Cindy (Wilken) & Casey Havelaar Mar 15 2022 10:09 AM
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the whole family.i remember Bruce always having a smile on his face. I also remember Bruce carring out groceries for my Mom & Dad (Mary & Bill Wilken) at Del's Clover Farm on Saturday when they got there grocery supply for the week on the farm.May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort and peace.
Cindy (Wilken) & Casey Havelaar Mar 15 2022 10:01 AM
SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY.
FRANK & LAURA REGNERUS Mar 15 2022 9:55 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Bruce Smit
Cindy (Wilken) & Casey Havelaar Mar 15 2022 9:52 AM
So sorry for your loss Tina. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Paula Harkness Mar 15 2022 8:03 AM