In loving memory of

Brent R. Smith 11/12/2021
April 12, 1960 - November 12, 2021

Brent R. Smith, 61, of Laurel, IA entered the gates of Heaven on the evening of Friday, November 12, 2021 with his family by his side after a courageous seven-month battle with Glioblastoma brain cancer. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Laurel United Methodist Church in Laurel, IA. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m., until the time of the services at the church. Online condolences may be sent to

Brent was born on April 12, 1960 to Raymond L. and Wanda J. (Sietmann) Smith. He graduated from SEMCO in 1978 where he participated in band and all-state choir all four years and played football and baseball, where he earned multiple all-conference awards playing as catcher for the team. Following his graduation, he attended Marshalltown Community College and Iowa State University. After school, Brent returned to the family farm to work alongside his dad and Gramp raising livestock and farming. In 1999 he was united in marriage to Chanel England and to this union they proudly welcomed their son, Eli whom they continued to co-parent after their divorce in 2013. In 2017 he met his soulmate, Debbie Dugan, who then lovingly devoted herself to caring for Brent after his terminal diagnosis.

Brent was a lifelong active member of the Laurel United Methodist Church where he was involved in countless activities. His passions through life included skeet shooting, trapping, hunting, scrap metal recycling, attending auctions throughout the state where auctioneers knew him well, driving demolition derby cars, stock car racing and was the family historian. His greatest passions, however, were raising his son and his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and sharing the Word of God.

Brent's memory will be honored by his son, Eli Smith of Knoxville; his sister, Brenda (Jeff) Arnold of State Center; his brother, Brad (Kathy) Smith of Cedar Rapids; his nieces and nephews, Dani (Andrew) Haskenhoff, Tanner (Cydnie) Arnold, Sacora and Zachary Smith; great niece and nephews, Lennon, Camden and Brecken Haskenhoff; his life partner, Debbie Dugan of Laurel and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Brent is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond L. and Wanda J. Smith, Grandparents, his Uncle Larry Keese and his loyal dog, Marley that passed just four days prior.


BarBara Jay wrote on Nov 23, 2021:

"Sending my Condolences and Love to Debbie and to Brent's Family.?"

Scott Macauley wrote on Nov 18, 2021:

"Brent was one of a kind with a great big heart. Worked with him at PXA in marshalltown and was fortunate to continue a friendship with him afterwards. He was always up for an good conversation no matter where I ran into him. Heaven gained a great soul when he entered it. Sorry for your loss."

Pam McIntyre wrote on Nov 15, 2021:

"I am so sorry for the loss of Brent. I knew him through auctions that I work and loved to see Eli when he came to auctions with his dad. I am sorry for your loss Eli. Hope you have great memories for the times you had with your dad. I know he loved you very much. He will be greatly missed."

Karen Beasley wrote on Nov 15, 2021:

"Brent was one of my Laurel kids I baby sat when I was in junior and highschool. He was a sweetheart. My sympathy to his son, family and friends. "

Ed Elliott wrote on Nov 13, 2021:

"Neve forget how he loved "getting one over" during fellowship time after church and laughing like a hyena about it. Gonna miss your smile and that laugh and how fast you could make our friend Peggy Bunn turn red and then... again laugh like crazy. Will miss you Bent. I am so glad your suffering is over and you've received the ultimate healing- you're whole and safe in the arms of your Lord Jesus. His caregiver deserves to be recognized and thanked: Debbie you are a saint and you did over and above in loving and caring for Brent. Thank you!"

Wendy Siefken wrote on Nov 13, 2021:

"My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He will be missed."

Dan/Beth Murphy wrote on Nov 13, 2021:

"Our thoughts and prayers are wit the family at this difficult time."