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David T. Smith 02/10/2019

David T. Smith 02/10/2019

David T. Smith, age 44, of Star Prairie, WI died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, February 10, 2019. He was born September 15, 1974 in New Richmond, WI. Dave graduated from Hudson High School in 1992. He married Janelle Mielke at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Somerset on October 11, 2002. Dave was employed at Schwing America, Inc of White Bear Lake for 22 years. He worked as a welder, Weld Inspector and recently promoted to Quality Manager. He was proud to achieve the rare certification of International Welding Specialist (IWS). Dave worked hard to play hard. He enjoyed snowmobiling, 4-wheeling and bear hunting. He had a love for antique tractors and loved living on the lake. Dave was devoted to his family and friends. He always offered a helping hand. Dave is survived by his wife, Janelle Smith; mother, Diane (Dave) Almich; mother-in-law, Carmen Mielke; and many loving family and friends. Dave is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Smith and father-in-law, Douglas Mielke. Visitation was held Friday, February 15, 2019 from 4-8 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 S Knowles Ave) in New Richmond, WI. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Anne’s Catholic Church (141 Church Hill Road) in Somerset, WI on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior. Interment was in St. Anne’s Catholic Church Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Denise Thul Posted February 12, 2019 3:36 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. I will be praying for Janelle and the rest of your family during this time of shock and grief.

  • John & Debbie Liedl Posted February 12, 2019 5:26 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Bill Murray Posted February 12, 2019 5:54 pm

    We will forever miss Dave at Schwing America. Dave was a great person and was always there for us, helping anyone, anywhere and anytime. He has left an indelible mark and legacy of success and friendship at SAI and some big shoes to fill. Thank you, Dave, for your 22 years of excellent service and friendship. Our condolences and prayers to his family and friends and that he may rest in peace.

  • Sue Parnell Posted February 12, 2019 6:23 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news Janelle. I am praying for healing and comfort for you and your family.

  • Laurie McGee Posted February 13, 2019 1:46 am

    Janelle we are so sorry to hear about Dave. He was a wonderful friend to all. May God comfort you and hold you close.

  • Michele Grahek Posted February 13, 2019 2:15 pm

    Sending the family of Dave prayers at this challenging & very sad time. I hope you all find some peace over time to deal with this great loss.

  • Oralee Schock Posted February 13, 2019 11:44 pm

    I am sending my thoughts and prayers to the entire family as I know that Dave was loved by all of you plus many more! I hold dear the time several years ago when we spent a week with Dave, Janelle, Jenny, Greg & Calli in Mexico. What fun we all had!

  • Kathy (Kromrey) & Gil Cronick Posted February 14, 2019 7:32 pm

    Janelle, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband David. May God’s love along with the great memories you shared heal & comfort you.

  • Cynthia Fonseth Peterson Posted February 15, 2019 2:24 am

    Words can not express my sincere sadness My prayers are with you Janelle, Diane, Aaron, Heidi. Dave was a wonderful person. Kind, compassionate. We all were so blessed to have him in our life.

  • Paul Erickson Posted February 15, 2019 10:45 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. My sympathies are with you and your family in your grief. In time may you find peace and comfort in David’s memory, through your family, friends and in Gods’ care.

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