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Joseph Donald Smith, age 75, of Buffalo, MN journeyed to the Spirit World on December 12, 2023 at The Estates of Delano.

He was born on April 13, 1948 in Bemidji, MN the son of Joseph F. and Margaret (Stand) Smith.

When Joseph was eight years old, his family moved from Red Lake, MN to Minneapolis.  He enjoyed listening to music, showing off his “Temptations” moves, hanging out and laughing with his friends and family.  He really enjoyed his last job, driving school bus at Hoglund Bus Transportation in Monticello.  Joseph was a loving man with the biggest heart and he was a jokester who lit up the room just with his presence.  He enjoyed going to the casino and riding bikes with his grandchildren.  He always called his daughters and granddaughters “babe” which was so endearing to them.  Joseph and Janette always dreamed of having an RV to travel in together.

Survived by his loving companion of 48 years Janette Motis; children Jewel Motis, Robert Smith and Annette Smith; nineteen grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents; daughters Lisa Smith and Renee Smith; and siblings George Stand, Arnold Stand, Margaret “Muggs” Shodean (Stand), Arlene Carlson (Stand), Paul “Snuffy” Smith, Raymond “Ray” Smith, Benedict Joseph “Benny” Smith, Maurice Alvin “Tuckahash” Smith, Alan “Kokomo” Smith, Robert “Bobby” Smith and Joseph “Joey” Smith.

Funeral service for Joseph Smith will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 9:00 AM at Church of Gichitwaa Kateri.  Interment at Gethsemane Cemetery.

An all-night wake will be held Monday, December 18, 2023 beginning at 4:00 PM at Church of Gichitwaa Kateri, Minneapolis, MN.

Honorary casket bearers will be Jewel Motis, Robert Smith, Annette Smith, Antonio Motis, Jimmy Black Jr., Hope Perez, Aviana Rios and Juaquina Rios.

Casket Bearers will be Anthony Carlson, George Carlson, Justin Eylandt, Mark Nichols, Devon Perez and Ethan Anderson.


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