Range Funeral Homes


Glenn Clovis Smidt

April 27, 1932 - November 15, 2022

Glenn Clovis Smidt, age 90, of Babbitt, was born on April 27, 1932, in Mower County near Stewartville, Minnesota. He died with family by his side on November 15, 2022 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, MN, where he had resided for 20 months.

Glenn was the oldest son of Clovis and Dorothy Smidt. He was raised in Stewartville, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1950.

Glenn served proudly in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1955. Stationed in San Diego, he served onboard the USS Kearsarge during the Korean War. In 1953, in Coronado, California, he met his future wife, Betty Hernandez, and they married in 1954. They had 3 children and celebrated 52 years of marriage before Betty passed away in 2006.

Glenn and Betty lived in Stewartville for a short time and then moved to Babbitt in 1956 where Glenn was employed at Reserve Mining Company. He became a foreman in the crusher and worked there until his retirement in 1986. During this time he was also part owner of a concrete business in Babbitt. After retirement from the mine, Glenn was the manager of the Foreign Legion Club in Babbitt. He and Betty also owned the Babbitt Laundromat for several years and Glenn later drove bus for the ISD 2142 School District.

Glenn and Betty enjoyed their cabin on Bear Island Lake and were welcoming hosts to many people over the years. Glenn’s other interests included snowmobiling and card playing, cribbage and pinochle being among his favorites. He was a great storyteller who will always be remembered for his sense of humor, quick wit, kindness, and generosity.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as Commander for several years, and twice earning the honor of All State Commander. He was a 61-year member of the American Legion, a member of the Babbitt Fire Department, and a charter member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Babbitt.

Glenn is survived by his daughter, Deborah (Steven) Miller of Babbitt; son, Scott (Lisa) Smidt of Willmar, MN; longtime companion, Marilyn Zilmer of Babbitt; Granddaughter, Kelly (Derek) VanDamme of Duluth, MN; Grandsons, Jason Miller of Stevensville, MT and Brent Smidt of Hill City, MN; one great grandson, Jack VanDamme of Duluth; his brothers, Kenneth (Gail) Smidt of Spring Valley, MN and Gerald Smidt of Austin, MN; his sisters, Shirley Luedke of Anchorage, AK and Kathleen Crace of Peterson, MN; along with many loving nieces and nephews.

Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his son, Steven (11/9/2022); his parents, Clovis and Dorothy Smidt; his brother, Arnold Smidt; and many aunts and uncles.

Glenn’s memorial service will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Babbitt, MN at 2 pm on Saturday, November 19. A celebration of life for both Glenn and Steve will follow from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Hideaway in Babbitt.

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

One thought on “Glenn Clovis Smidt”

  1. Jason Buckmeier says:

    Dear Smidt Family – this is Jason Buckmeier, a friend of Marks, who was so fortunate and blessed to have been able to come to the cabin for a few years and experience Glenn and Betty’s kindness and generosity firsthand. He was such a gentle spirit with a kind heart and booming laugh. I’ll always remember the joy of playing cards in the patio with the fishing lures hanging and the challenges of those gol-darned puzzle-thingies that kept me busy for hours trying to solve (the horseshoe ring was a memorable one…). They left a mark and imprint on many such as me who were in the past with limited interactions – but he was forever respected and appreciated. Thoughts are with you all during this heavy time. Take care – Jason

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Saturday 11/19/22 at 2:00 PM
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