Glennis Smith Obituary

Glennis  Smith
Glennis Smith

October 31, 1928 - March 22, 2019
Born in Tripoli, Iowa
Resided in Shell Rock, Iowa


Glennis Smith, 90, of Shell Rock, Iowa passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019 at her residence in Shell Rock.

Glennis Mae Smith was born on October 31, 1928, the daughter of Arthur and Martha (Meier) Holm in rural Tripoli, Iowa. She attended country school thru the 8th grade. Glennis was confirmed on March 29, 1942. She married Lawrence Dettmer on October 27, 1946 at St. John Lutheran Church - Crane Creek in rural Tripoli and he died on May 13, 1958. On July 12, 1968, she was united in marriage to Merle “Bud” Smith at St. John Lutheran Church - Crane Creek in rural Tripoli. Glennis worked as a waitress at the Waverly Home Café in Waverly, at United Hydraulics in Waverly and then at the cafeteria at CUNA Mutual in Waverly.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock, VFW & American Legion Auxiliary, and Women of ELCA at Faith. Glennis enjoyed cooking, crocheting, reading, spending time with family and coffee with friends.

Survivors are her four daughters, Joyce (John) Lubben, Shell Rock, Karen (Rich) Milius, Tripoli, Linda (Will) Hamilton, Waverly, and Connie (Dwayne) Sessler, Shell Rock; one son, Duane Smith, Rapid City South Dakota; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and 3 great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Lawrence Dettmer and Merle “Bud” Smith; three daughters, Wanda Petersen, Judy Garner and Bonnie Lou Dettmer in infancy and twin sons, Larry and Gary Dettmer in infancy.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 10:30 am at Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock with Pastor Kim Smith officiating. Burial will follow in St. John United Church of Christ Cemetery - Siegel rural Waverly. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock and also an hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or Faith Lutheran Church and online condolences for Glennis maybe left at

Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home of Shell Rock is assisting the Smith family with arrangements. 319-885-4321




Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes, Inc.-Shell Rock
104 E. Prospect Street
Shell Rock, IA US 50670-0126
Monday, March 25, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Faith Lutheran Church
422 N. Prairie St.
Shell Rock, IA US 50670
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
10:30 AM
St. John's United Church of Christ - Siegel
1529 Killdeer Ave.
Waverly, IA US 50677
Tuesday, March 26, 2019



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