Rodd "Shu Shine" Russell Smith I


October 28, 2022

Rodd "Shu Shine" Russell Smith I

September 30, 1969 ~ October 22, 2022 (age 53)

Todd "Shu Shine" Russell Smith I, "Ishkodem Benaise" meaning "Fire of the Thunderbird" age 53, of the Bullhead Clan and Cass Lake, MN, unexpectedly started his path with the Lord on Saturday, October 22, 2022, from his home in Cass Lake. He was born September30, 1969, in Cass Lake, MN, the son of Mary Jo Smith and Clyde Monroe.

Todd was mostly raised by his grandma. In 1986 he met his high school sweetheart and who became the love of his life, Anna Goose, at the Bug School softball fields. They graduated from Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School in Bena, MN in 1989. Together, in 1988, they were expecting their first child, Jazmine, 1990 came Lena. They moved to Battle Point in 1995. In 1997 they had Vanessa and their only son, Toddie, was born in 1999. Todd coached his first Little League team of all girls and Tyler. He played softball with the "Rez boys" of Leech Lake and was fast around the bases. Todd worked at Leech Lake Housing, helped build bridges, was an amazing carpenter and artist. He worked as an entrepreneur and homemaker until his passing. He loved woodburning, at any given moment he usually had about ten crafts going at once. He enjoyed reading novels by, John Grisham and James Patterson. He loved spending time with his children and 14 grandchildren. He enjoyed riding his bike everywhere and you'd often see him out cruising. He liked going to the casino on his "old man coupon days." Todd will be remembered for his humor, love, and big heart for everyone he crossed paths with.

Those welcoming Todd home are his beloved daughter, Vanessa Smith; nephew, Denzel Smith; parents, Mary Jo and Clyde; grandmas, Mary Smith and Isabelle Monroe; aunt, Doll Monroe; uncles, Calvin and Harold Monroe; cousins, Jeremy Kraskey, Steven Bruce, Sr., Frank Oothoudt, and Bob Brown.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Todd are his high school sweetheart, Anna Goose; daughters, Lena (Roger) Goose, Jazmine (Tyler) Goose; son, Todd (Leah) Smith II; 14 grandchildren, Andrew, Jr., Aazhinae, Audrey, Ashton, Aaliyah, Alice, Logan, Debizi, Llewellyn, Jr., Russell, Suzette, Treasure, Theresa Ann, NiKaiya; sisters, Stephanie, Shirley, and Jade; little brother, Dennis Smith, Sr .; 21 nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; many other family members and friends. He loved keeping his family legacy alive.

A two-night wake for Todd will begin Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. and continue until his Monday, October 31, 2022, 1:00 p.m. service, all to be held at the Onigum Community Center in Onigum, MN. Father William Butcher will officiate. Those helping to lay Todd to rest are Toddie Smith II, Tyler Wilson, Dennis Smith, Sr., Devin Smith, Ron Cournoyer, Trey Kingbird, Devry Smith, Dennis Smith, Jr. Alternates will be Travis Kingbird, Jason Silcox, and Larry Jay. Honorary pallbearers are Roger "Teets" Butcher, The TEP Crew, Steven "Boogit" Bruce, Jr., Tyler Cournoyer, all his random bros, Evelyn Monroe, Roger Monroe, Paul Smith, Shaun Butcher, Corey Butcher, Aaron "Air" Oothoudt, Donnie Wright, and Larry Johnson. Interment will be at Old Agency Catholic Cemetery in Old Agency, MN.

Todd's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at




October 29, 2022

7:00 PM

Onigum Community Center

Onigum Road

Onigum , Minnesota 56484

Funeral Service


October 31, 2022

1:00 PM

Onigum Community Center

Onigum Road

Onigum , Minnesota 56484


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