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Obituary for Donald James Smerud

Donald James Smerud, 88, of Waukon, Iowa, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at Northgate Care Center, Waukon, Iowa. He was born February 27, 1931, in New Albin, Iowa, to Oscar and Clara (Wild) Smerud. He attended school in New Albin and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving during the Korean War. On February 14, 1956, he married Alys Heaney in Houston County, Minn., and she preceded him in death in 1988. Donald was employed as a Heavy Equipment Operator for Riehm Construction in Waukon, Iowa. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include one daughter, Lori Smerud of Waukon, Iowa; four sons, Jeffery (Kelly) Smerud of Monona, Iowa, Randall Smerud of Waukon, Daniel (Mikiko) Smerud of Hugo, Minn., and Dale Smerud of Postville, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one brother, Al (Lorna) Smerud of La Crosse, Wis.; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Halverson and Alice Heaney, both of Caledonia, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Gary; his daughter, Jody; and numerous brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Eitzen, Minn. Rev. Todd Krueger will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia. A visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, 518 W. Main St., Caledonia, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the church. Online condolences may be sent at