Neil David Smith, 63, of Rapid City, died at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Wed., Oct. 19, 2011.
Neil was born June 23, 1948 in Winner to William Harrison and Viola Mae (Bristol) Smith. He moved around on construction with his parents until moving to Sturgis and attended school. He enlisted in the National Guard and served in the Navy from June 15, 1966 until May 16, 1968, serving in Vietnam as a Navy Seebee. After his honorable discharge from the service, he began working at Sears in Rapid City in the automotive department. He later became manager of the appliance department and retired in 2003 after 34 years.
He and his wife, Joan, traveled in their motorhome all around the United States. He loved antiques and was an antique dealer with shops in the St. Joe Antique Mall in Rapid City and in Deadwood Dicks.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Joan Smith of Rapid City; two sons, Ryan (Stephanie) Smith of Gillette, WY and James (Molly) Smith of Bismarck, ND; his step-son, Clay (Jenn) McClain of Rapid City; his step-daughter, Shannon (Julius) Day of Rapid City; his brother, Duane (Rosalie) Smith of Puyallup, WA; four sisters, Corale (William) Parker of Hay Springs, NE, Vivian DeVera of St. Augustine, FL, Joan McGowan of Riverton, WY, and Diane (Dave) Hill of Rapid City; seven grandchildren whom he dearly loved; numerous nieces, nephews and friends; his sister-in-law, Judy (Morris) Jones of Rapid City; his brother-in-law, Jim (Patty) Melberg of Belle Fourche; his sister-in-law, Jill Mehlberg of Hulett, WY; and his mother-in-law, Kathleen Mehlberg of Rapid City.
Neil was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Veryl Burton; his brothers, Deon, Drexel and Barney; and his grandparents.
He was a great husband, dad, brother and grandpa and will be greatly missed. Neil loved his family.
Memorial services are set for 10:00am Mon., Oct. 24, 2011 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City with the Rev. Brent Woodard officiating. Inurnment with honors by VFW Post 1273 of Rapid City and the S.D. Army National Guard will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis at 11:30am.
A memorial has been established. Friends may sign Neilís online guestbook at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.