In Memory of Steven R. Smith

Steven R. Smith
Steven R. Smith
Born: August 18, 1953
Died: February 28, 2023
Age: 69
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Steven R. Smith
August 18, 1953 - February 28, 2023
From: Cherokee, IA
Steven R. Smith, age 69, of Cherokee, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at the St. Luke’s UnityPoint Health Regional Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Luann Benge will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Steve was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on August 18, 1953, to Raymond and Lois (Short) Smith. Steve spent his childhood in the Correctionville, Iowa, area graduating from Eastwood High School in 1971.

On May 25, 1974, Steve married Jolan Woolley and together the couple had three daughters: Lexie Smith-Raymond of Tucson, Arizona, Nikki (Smith) Gibson of Killeen, Texas and Megan (Smith) Shaffer of Plano, Texas. 

Steve worked proudly as a welder for Simonsen Manufacturing in Quimby, Iowa. Steve enjoyed spending time watching his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, working on model construction, and caring for his pets. 

Steve is survived by his daughters Lexie (Walter), Nikki (Dustin) and Megan (Ron); siblings Deb (Mickey) Reitz of Ida Grove, IA and Sandy (Leon) Venteicher of Danbury, IA; grandchildren: David, Faith, Christopher, Evan, and Zachery; many nieces and nephews in the northwestern Iowa area. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kerry Smith, and nephew Shaun Smith.


10:00 a.m., Saturday,
March 11, 2023
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Luann Benge


"Stairway to Heaven" ~ recorded


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, April 17, 2023 at 9:55 AM
“He was always a good person to have around and talk to when I was home on the homes that you will always be missed”
- Hailey hall
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 3:29 PM
“So sorry for your loss Steve was a good guy and a great neighbor he also produced 3 amazing daughters. RIP Steve ”
- Joshua A Harman
Monday, March 13, 2023 at 2:27 PM
“Steve was a very special person that meant the world to us. He was a big part of our business and carried his own weight and that of several others. I miss Steve a great deal on a personal level and wish that I could talk about old times with him again. ”
- Jon Simonsen
Monday, March 13, 2023 at 2:27 PM
“Tim, Carrie and I will all miss you terribly, Steve. May God hold the rest of the family in His embrace and grant you all comfort in the difficult days ahead. ”
- Freda Smith
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 10:02 AM
“So sorry to hear about my cousin Steven. May he RIP...”
- Delia Short Edwards
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