Keith Smith: 1927-2015 |

Keith Smith: 1927-2015

Keith Smith


Keith V. Smith, 88, New Underwood, South Dakota, passed away and was called home surrounded by his family on Aug. 14, 2015.

Keith was born July 28, 1927 to Perry and Manda Smith in Dante, South Dakota. He graduated from New Underwood high school in 1945. He taught grade school in Hereford for two years before entering the US Army in 1950. He spent 17 months in Korea as a team chief on a radio teletype. Later when he returned to the states he was stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo, as assistant motor pool Sergeant and mechanic foreman. Keith was given an honorable discharge in 1953. In 1954 he married his neighborhood gal, Deloris Oliver. To this union six children were born. Earl (Melody) Smith, Lynn (Gloria) Smith, Robby (Darla) Smith, Clinton (Kerri) Smith, Tina (Joel) Whipple, and Eric Smith.

In 1957 they started ranching in Whitewood Valley until 1964, then moved to Union Center area until 1968. They moved to the Perry and Manda Smith home place where he continued ranching until 1996 where he retired on the ranch. Keith was a member and deacon of the Hereford Baptist Church. He had a love for his cattle, ranching and hunting with his family and friends. His grandchildren were his pride and joy, he really enjoyed watching them participate in all their sporting events. Grandpa and Grandma were usually there to cheer them on.

He is survived by his wife Deloris of 61 years, all of his children, 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, sisters, Shirley (Wesley) Schuettpelz, and Nylia (Harold) Severson, brothers, Perry (Carol) Smith Jr., Robert L. Smith, Tom (Linda) Smith and brother-in-law Harold Delbridge.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Jack Smith, sister Karen Delbridge & sister-in-law Kay Smith.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for improvements to the New Underwood Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Visitation was.Aug. 18 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Funeral services were in Sturgis at 2 p.m., Aug 19 at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial services wereat the New Underwood Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the New Underwood Community Center.