Gregg DeSmith


Gregg DeSmithGregg Edward DeSmith age 53 of Walnut Grove passed away suddenly Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Sanford Tracy Medical Center as a result of a heart attack.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Walnut Grove.  Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at church.  A private family interment in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Walnut Grove at a later time.

Gregg Edward DeSmith was born June 12, 1964 to Edward and Dorothy (Matter) DeSmith in Tracy, Minnesota.  He received the sacraments at St. Paul’s Catholic Church.  Gregg attended the Walnut Grove High School and graduated in 1982.  He then attended Willmar VoTec for Auto Body and later for Insurance Adjusting. On September 20, 1986 Gregg married Linda Flesner at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove.  He lived north of Walnut Grove most of his life.  Gregg worked as an Auto Body Tech and as an Insurance Adjuster.  He then worked at Schult Homes in Redwood Falls and recently at ADM in Marshall for the past 14 years.  Gregg was very generous.  He had a big heart and helped watch out for others.  Gregg was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Gregg loved classic cars, go carts and his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He enjoyed motorcycle gatherings and loved spending time with his family and friends.

Gregg is survived by his wife Linda of 32 years; children: Sasha (Kyle) Dapron of Walnut Grove and Hannah DeSmith (fiancé Dylan Anderson) of Walnut Grove; grandchildren: Kalesia, Elijah and Miles Dapron; mom Dorothy of Walnut Grove; siblings: Jim (Jane) DeSmith of Colorado Springs, CO, Paul (Jean) DeSmith of Walnut Grove, Ann (Paul) Schommer of Andover, Dale (Angie) DeSmith of Walnut Grove and Steve (Janell) DeSmith of Brainerd; nephews and nieces; in-laws: Deb (Dan) Turbes of Revere, Anita Weber (Joel Byers) of Lamberton, Richard Weber of Lamberton, Katherine (Brian) Vanderlinden of Siouix City, IA, Randy (Kristen) Flesner of Esko, Sara (Randy) Panitzke of AZ and many other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents, father Edward, daughter Carissa, brother Michael, nephew Joshua and in-laws Leora and Lawrence Flesner.


  1. My sympathies to Greggs family. I have worked with him at ADM for years! He will be deeply missed by the maintenance dept. He was such a caring and sincere man. It was a pleasure working with him. RIP my friend and co worker!

  2. Ken and Sandy Anderson says

    So sorry for your loss. We are on vacation and won’t be able to attend services but our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Ruthie and Brian Marth says

    Our heartfelt condolences to Linda and family at this time of sorrow. Gregg was truly man of great kindness and caring. His impact on those he befriended will be memorable and appreciated. May God guide you in your journey and wrap you with his love. If there is anything we can do to help you ever please let us be there for you. Our hearts and love go out to you with our prayers.
    Brian and Ruthie Marth

  4. Dan Peterson says

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Linda, Sasha and Hannah as well as Dorothy and the entire DeSmith family. Words are never enough- God bless Gregg and all of you!!!!
    Dan Peterson

  5. Words just arent enough… Thoughts and prayers to Linda and family.
    Brian and RoxAnn Boit

  6. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Linda, Sasha, Hannah and other family members. He was a good man and he will be missed by all.

  7. be mssed bye all

  8. Tom and Kathy Eeten says

    Kathy and I pass along our deepest condolences and were sorry to hear of your loss. If there is anything we can do to help please let us know.

  9. I was saddened to hear that Greg passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family. Big D was a part of my life while I was young and looking for examples of the person I wished to become. I benefit from his example of a big hearted guy with a infectious sense of humor. The Animal is missing Big D along with you. With heartfelt sympathy.

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