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Scott Charles Smith

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Scott Charles Smith, 50, Benson, Minn., died Saturday, October 24, 2020 in St. Cloud Hospital, Minn.  Visitation will be from 4–7 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2020, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff. Visitation will continue from 9:30–10:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 31, 2020 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery. The Mass of Christian Burial will be broadcast on 88.7 FM as it is occurring if you are in your vehicle near the church. You will be able to view the service in its entirety here on this website by Sunday, November 1, 2020.
In response to Covid-19 regulations, masks and social distancing will be required and the Mass Service capacity is limited to 150 people.
Memorials preferred to St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery, DeGraff Fire Department, and Swift County Fair Association.
Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.
Scott Charles Smith was born on January 27, 1970 to Charles Smith and Helen (McCarthy) Smith in Windom, Minnesota. He was baptized on February 8, 1970 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Windom, Minnesota by Rev. Thomas M Ploof. He was confirmed on May 20, 1989 at Sacred Heart in Murdock by Bishop Raymond Lucker. Scott grew up in Windom, Eagan/Burnsville area and moved to Ballentine, Montana October of 1982 at age 12 and graduated from Huntley Project High School in May of 1988. After graduating high school, he moved to Benson and lived on the Smith family farm with his grandmother and attended Willmar Tech where he graduated in 1990 with a degree in Welding. On November 11, 1995 he was united in marriage to Susan Nagler at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff, Minnesota by Fr. Steve Verhelst. This union blessed them with their two children, Dylan and Jenna.
Scott worked hard his whole life. When he lived in Montana, he worked for several families either milking cows or helping with field work.  His second family in Montana was the Willy and Loretta Oblender family.  Scott helped them with irrigating crops and field work.  He lived with their son Kent who was like a brother to him. When his grandfather died in 1988, Scott moved back to Minnesota after graduation to live with his grandmother on the Smith Farm and started farming and helped neighboring farmers. Scott worked for Supreme Pet Food / Hubbard Milling, DeGraff Elevator, Klassen Repair & Welding, Gary Chevalier Farms, Connelly Farms, Redball and various other jobs. If you needed work done, Scott would be the first to help out. Scott enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting, morning coffee at Al’s, making his daily “welfare” calls checking on everyone, and most of all enjoyed time spent with his family. 
Scott served on the DeGraff Fire Department (Fire Chief), Torning Township Board, Swift County Fair Board, Swift County 4-H Volunteer, DeGraff Cemetery Committee, and the Knights of Columbus. Scott always loved to help out wherever he could. 
Scott is survived by his wife, Sue Smith of Benson; children: Dylan Smith of Benson, and Jenna Smith of Benson; His father, Charles Smith of Sierra Vista, Arizona; Mother-in-law, Beverly Nagler of Benson; in-laws,  David (Jocile) Nagler of Danvers, Deb Nagler of Benson, Sara (Tom) Hoffman of Benson, Tim (Erin) Nagler of Danvers; Half-sister, Heidi (Jeremy) Ledbetter of Hamilton Alabama; many Nieces and Nephews, extended family and friends. Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Helen (McCarthy) Smith; father-in-law, Donald Nagler; grandparents, Francis “Doc” and Margaret (Clark) Smith, and Fay and Rosemary (Manahan) McCarthy; and Aunts and Uncles.
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