Gerald V. “Jerry” Smith
November 28, 1949 – October 28, 2019
Jerry was called home to heaven on October 28, 2019. Survived by wife of 49 plus years, Judee Desterhouse Smith; children: Chad (Melissa T.), Tad (Donette K.), and Brad (Wendy); grandchildren: Timothee, Kaylie, Abbie, Kaleb, Aiden, Dominic Smith, Charlotte and Lily Turner; sister Sharon Franz (Ron).
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Gaylord and Seima; brother G. Neal; sister, Joyce Morse; father in law Robert Desterhouse Sr.; brothers in law Robert Jr and Les Desterhouse.
Jerry graduated from Benson High School and ttended DVRY University for electronics. He enlisted into the U.S. Navy, where he was a aircraft mechanic. His squadron was VP-9, and he flew on P3’s as a jet mechanic. He was stationed in the U.S. as well as overseas. After the Navy he went to work in the trucking industry, working as a dock man, working for the local, and was a line haul driver (OTR). Jerry was a member of the Teamsters Local 554 for 44 years, retiring in 2017 from USF Holland.
Jerry enjoyed “Life”, family, helping others, and teaching his sons helpful mechanics to get through life. His grandchildren sure put a BIG smile on his face.
Jerry received a lung transplant in late March of 2017 at UMMC in Minnesota, returning home the end of January 2018. He battled long and hard for 2 years and 7 months.
Thank you to everyone at UMMC and UNMC for the medical care, love and caring Jerry received. We are so grateful for the time we had with Jerry. He will be loved and greatly missed by ALL. We love you, honey, dad, and papa.
Family will receive friends Monday, November 4th, from 5pm to 7pm at The West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, November 5th, 10:30am, at The West Center Chapel with a luncheon to follow. INTERMENT: 2pm at Omaha National Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to Hope Chest News, P.O. Box 13040, Minneapolis MN, 55414 or hopechestnews.org, or many be directed to the family for their choice of charity.
“Gentleman”, please No Suits: Business Casual, Thank you.