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April 12, 1955- July 5, 2019

Steven O. “Beaver” Smith, age 64, of Montrose, Minnesota passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019 at The Buffalo Hospital.

He was born on April 12, 1955 in Woodland, California. He was raised in Wheatland, North Dakota by his parents Merlon & Magdalena (Stroh) Smith.

He married Jeanne (Tinguely) Smith on April 5th, 1974, in Buffalo, North Dakota.  They had six children in 11 years.

Steve attended elementary school in Wheatland and graduated high school from Central Cass in Casselton, ND. He continued to live in Casselton where he worked as a janitor at the school for many years.  He then started his own business installing and refinishing wood floors.  Most recently he drove bus for Functional Industries.

Steve was a faithful and active member of the Buffalo Community Assembly of God Church. He loved Jesus and spent much of his time studying the bible and journaling.  He also loved being a grandpa and spending time with his grandkids fishing, playing cards, games, and spoiling them with treats.  Additionally, Steve enjoyed woodworking and completed many custom carpentry projects for his family.

Survived by his wife: Marilyn; children: Jessica (Benjamin) Hubbard of Maple Grove, Jacob (Stacie) Smith of St. Michael, Isaac (Andrea) Smith of Prior Lake, Luke (Anne) Smith of Dayton, Bridget (Joseph) Weber and Katherine (Shawn) Ohnstad all of Maple Grove; 18 grandchildren; his parents: Merlon & Maggie Smith; his siblings: Darcy Smith, Harry (Pam) Smith and Lucy Smith-Strouse; step children: Jobel Claire Concha and John Marcel Concha; along with many other relatives and friends.


Funeral services for Steven “Beaver” Smith will be held on Friday, July 12th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at The Buffalo Community Assembly of God Church preceded by a viewing at 10:00 A.M. Pastor Bill Hicks will officiate.

Private family Inurnment will be at a later date in Wheatland, North Dakota.

A visitation with a viewing will be held on Thursday, July 11th beginning at 5:00 PM followed by a prayer service at 6:30 PM at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

Casket Bearers will be Darcy smith-brother, Harry Smith-brother, Ben Hubbard-son-in-law, Joe Weber-son-in-law, Shawn Ohnstad-son-in-law and Trey Hubbard-grandson.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to In lieu of flowers contributions to the family for funeral expenses would be appreciated.


18 Guestbook Entries

  1. Christine Williams

    Jake and family, we are so sorry for your loss prayers for all the family. Love, Steve & Chris Williams

  2. Sue Hoffmann

    Terry and I are very sorry for your families loss. We have many fond memories of him. Prayers and hugs to all of you????????❤️

  3. Kim Oakins

    I am so sorry for your loss. Holding your family in my thought and prayers. With heartfelt sympathy, Kim Oakins

  4. Carl and Anne-Marie Johnson

    Jessica and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts ache and mourn with you. Our sincere condolences. Carl and Anne-Marie

  5. Carl and Anne-Marie Johnson

    Jessica and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts ache with you and we mourn your dad’s passing. Our sincere condolences.
    Carl and Anne-Marie

  6. Atty. Abby S. Palic

    Our deepest sympathy to the family…Sending our prayers for everyone…

  7. Dick & Irene Sinner

    Smith family please know you all have our sincere sympathy. This is a terrible shock for all. Steve was a good man and a fabulous “Wood Smith”. We wish you many good memories and may he Rest In Peace.

  8. Kevin Strouse

    It is such a shock, to our family. Steve shared with all my children Sam Eliza and Levi. They all knew him and appreciated his wisdom. Marilyn and Maggie and the family we wish you and pray for you the best…..

  9. Rod Pederson


    It was with shock and sincere regret that I learned of Steve’s passing.

    I know that you loved him very much and that you and your family have suffered a great loss.

    I hope that the kind thoughts prayers of Steve’s many friends at Functional Industries will make your grief a little easier to bear.

    May The Lord be with you in your time of sorrow.

  10. Leroy Reiter Family

    We are deeply saddened to hear about your grandfather’s passing, prayers to all the family.

  11. Kathy Tollefson Muir

    God’s grace and comfort be with you all as you grieve Steven’s passing. Steve was such a good and faithful servant of God and is now in His care.

  12. Jan and Duane Hendrickson

    On behalf of our daughter, Kathleen, who rode the bus home each afternoon from Functional Industries, we express our thanks for your gentle care and concern each day. Remember sharing gum and singing together. May God give your family peace and comfort in this unexpected loss. We know you have a rich reward waiting in heaven with our Saviour for your kindness, devotion and sweet spirit which infected all those around you. In the name of Jesus Christ

  13. Bob and Francie Albaugh

    Sending prayers from Wheatland to Steve’s (Beaver is who he was to us)family. We lost many classmates and friends way too early, but knowing they will be waiting for him with open arms gives us comfort. Until we meet again.

  14. Steve & Heather Woeste and family

    Jacob and family, we are saddened to hear of father’s passing. We hope you can all find comfort in the Lord in this difficult time.

  15. Cheryl Hartl

    I was in shock when I read in the Cass County Reporter of Steve’s passing. I started baby-sitting for Steve at 7 years old….I was 15. He’s been my friend for all these years. Even though we have not always been in touch, we never lost that special friendship. I am so sorry for your loss Merlon and Maggie, Darcy, Harry, and Lucy. To Steve’s children and grandchildren, I give my sincere sympathy. Steve loved his whole family so much and was so proud of all of you. May you rest in peace Steve…..with love your old baby-sitter Cheryl

  16. Mary Stroh Hedges

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and rescues those who’s spirits are crushed. Psalm 3418. We have many wonderful memories of Steve and he will always be in our hearts and prayers. Blessings to his family and friends in your time of need. Mary Stroh Hedges and family

  17. Mary Stroh Hedges

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and rescues those who’s spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18. We have many wonderful memories of Steve in our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends in your time of need. Mary Stroh Hedges and family

  18. Janice Motschenbacher

    I am SORRY also at the loss of Steve as he was 1 of my students and he did our wood floors. Enjoyed him. May God helped him in heaven.


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