Barry Joseph DeSmet

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January 13, 1958 ~ March 12, 2018

Barry DeSmet, 60, Brandon, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, at the Sanford Centennial Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls, after a long battle with cancer.

Visitation with family will be 5-7 pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018, with a Prayer Service at 7 pm at Risen Savior Catholic Church, Brandon. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am, Friday, March 16, also at Risen Savior. Inurnment will follow at St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Larchwood, IA.

Barry Joseph DeSmet was born January 13, 1958 in Sioux Falls, to Alvin and Darlene (Schulte) DeSmet. He was raised and educated in Larchwood, IA. Barry attended Sheldon Votech for carpentry. On November 4, 1978, Barry married his high school sweetheart, Joan Krejci. The couple moved to Denver and Barry worked in construction. After 18 years, Barry and Joan moved to Minnetonka, MN, where Barry worked as a copier technician. In 2004, Barry and Joan, with their daughter Rachel moved to Brandon and Barry worked for A & B Business. In 2008, Barry was diagnosed with a brain tumor and ended his working career.

Barry was a man of deep faith and continually attended his church or watched Mass on television. He was also a member of the Catholic Forestery. He loved his daughter first and foremost and would do anything for her. He enjoyed being outdoors fishing, camping, and boating with his family. He also loved to watch Western shows like Gun Smoke, the Denver Broncos and NASCAR races. Gardening, tending to the chickens, taking care of the peach trees and spending time with their dog Truffels were some of his favorite pastimes.

Barry will be deeply missed by his wife of almost 40 years, Joan; daughter, Rachel; his mother, Darlene DeSmet, Larchwood; Grandmother, Emma DeSmet-Lucas; and 8 siblings, Deb, Dave, Wayne, Carolyn, Pam, Sharon, Tony and Joe; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Barry was preceded in death by his father, Alvin; and his father-in-law, Kenneth Krejci.

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  • Jason and Earlene Larson says:

    Joan and Rachel- we are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you

  • Jed DeSmet says:

    Praying for comfort for your family. Uncle Barry will be missed by many

  • Ken Sehr says:

    All our best thoughts to Barry’s family. Barry, Wayne, and I had some great adventures together back in our young Larchwood days. Remember the good times for him. Ken

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