Stoughton- Dr. David O. Smedal, age 80, entered eternal life on Saturday, December 29, 2012. He was born in Madison on July 20, 1932, to Dr. Agnar and Edith (Oldenburg) Smedal. David attended Stoughton schools where he excelled in sports, lettering in football, basketball, baseball and track. He graduated in 1950, earning the Most Outstanding Athlete award (now the Guy Sundt award). David attended the UW for pre-medicine studies and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Northwestern University. He returned to his hometown and practiced dentistry in Stoughton for 39 years. On July 30, 1955 David was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, the former Janice Kirby, and together they raised four children, Susan, Eric, Brenda and Kristi. David played baseball for the Pleasant Hill Home Talent baseball team. He was a former President of the Stoughton School Board. David was very active and loved to ski and golf, competing in both the State Father Son and Father Daughter tournaments numerous times. He enjoyed taking trips and spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially vacationing in Fort Meyers Beach Florida where he and Janice spent each spring. David loved to sing and knew the words to just about any song anyone could name. He was known to break into song at the hint of any word or phrase of a song, and loved to entertain people and make them laugh. David was very proud of his Norwegian ancestry and he and Janice were honored to serve as King and Queen of Syttende Mai and loved the annual Syttende Mai float rides and being able to sing and entertain the past Kings and Queens. David is an honorary "S" Club member, was a member of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America, The Stoughton Lions Club (Past President), Stoughton Country Club and a life long member of Christ Lutheran Church, where he served on the Church Board and enjoyed singing in the choir for many years.
David is survived by his children, Susan (Lynn) Gregorash of Luck, Eric (Heidi) Smedal of Stoughton and Kristi (Alan) Seamonson of Columbia, MD; eight grandchildren, Nathan (Stephannie), Aubre (DeeJ), Ayla, Trevar, Nikki, Kylen, Kalvin and Karter; and great granddaughter, Elsa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice; daughter, Brenda; brother, Greggar; and sister, Margit Hyland.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 4, 2013 at Christ Lutheran Church, 700 County Road B, Stoughton, with Rev. Scott Geister-Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Eastside Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to a luncheon in the church fellowship hall, following the burial. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Cress Funeral Home in Stoughton, and from 10:00 AM until the time of services Friday at church. Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, The Alzheimer's Association or to Skaalen Nursing and Retirement Home. The family would like to thank the people of Skaalen Home for their loving care, especially the staff of Friendship Circle.
Cress Funeral Service
206 W. Prospect Street
Stoughton, WI 53589