Eugene 'Willie' De Smet
Eugene (Gene) “Willie” De Smet, 68, Hills, died of cancer Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills.
Eugene (Gene) “Willie” De Smet was born Feb. 18, 1948, to Ted and Emma (Schettler) De Smet at the Canton–Inwood Hospital. Gene grew up in Larchwood, Iowa, where he attended school. Gene worked in the automotive repair industry for most of his life. He was an auto painter, and over the years he worked at Billion, JayShon Chevrolet, Stinson Chevrolet, Terry Schulte Chevrolet, Pierre’s Body Shop, Ben Hur Ford, Sioux Falls Ford, Color Mystique, Sioux Plating and Hills Stainless Steel.
On Feb. 5, 1977, he married Audrey Faber. They made their home in Hills. Gene was a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls. He enjoyed attending the South Dakota Auto Body conventions, going camping, and fishing. He especially enjoyed trips to the Black Hills with friends, fishing trips with family, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey De Smet of Hills; his children, Drew De Smet of Larchwood, Spencer (Lisa) De Smet of Hills, Cory De Smet of Hayfield, and Tedra (Jon) Voss of Hills; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his mother, Emma (De Smet) Lucas of Inwood, Iowa; siblings Clete (Bev) De Smet of Larchwood, Don (Susie) De Smet of Canon City, Colorado, Dean (Nanci Mae) De Smet of Omaha, Nebraska, Veronica (Robert) Weins of Littleton, Colorado, and Jane Heirigs of Larchwood; a sister-in-law, Darlene De Smet of Larchwood; brothers-in-law Gary Faber of Hills and Wendell Faber of Sioux Falls; sisters-in-law Kathy (Irwin) Rozeboom of Beaver Creek and Trudy Acevedo of Sioux Falls; very special friends Randy and Sandi De Bondt of Bakersfield, California, and Patty and Bard Brown of Larchwood, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ted De Smet; a brother, Alvin De Smet; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Gerrit and Harriet Faber; brothers-in-law Harold Heirigs and Duane Faber; his step-father, Lawrence Lucas; and a sister-in-law, Tina De Smet.
Arrangements are by Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, www.jurrensfuneral.com.