Randall Smith, 78

June 14, 1945 - 
July 18, 2023
GARDEN GROVE - Randall Dwaine Smith, age 78, of Garden Grove, Iowa, the son of Austin Dwaine and Dorothy Mae (Allpress) Smith, was born June 14, 1945, in Leon, Iowa.  He died at his home in Garden Grove, Iowa on July 18, 2023.
Randy grew up in the Garden Grove, Iowa area.  He attended Leon High School where he played football and basketball.  Following graduation in 1963, and college, he student taught at Amana, Iowa for a semester.  Then he moved to Cresco where he taught junior high history and coached football and track for over 30 years.  Since his parents were aging, he returned to Garden Grove to help them out. He substitute taught for both Mormon Trail Schools and Central Decatur schools in the area.
Randy served on the city council in Garden Grove.  He was a sports fan and loved the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team, all of the Iowa Hawkeyes teams, and most other sports on television.  He was very proud that he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame as a coach while at Cresco.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Merlee Smith; and several cousins including Jim Allpress, Jill Allpress and Billy Allpress.  Survivors include his cousins and their families; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Slade - O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. on July 29, 2023, with Pastor Terry D. Roberts officiating.  Burial will be in the Garden Grove Cemetery, Garden Grove, Iowa.  

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