Jerry Smith, 73

Gerald Wilber Smith, 73, of Gothenburg, died Nov. 30, 2010, in Gothenburg. He was born Nov. 29, 1937, in Ontario, Ore., son of J. Elton and Edith (Rettig) Smith. He grew up in Eastern Oregon and attended schools in Durkee and Brogan and graduated from Ontario High. Jerry served his country in the Army from Dec. 1960 to Nov. 1962. Jerry married Judith Miller, March 1964, in Reno Nev. Jerry and Judy lived and worked on a ranch in Oregon. They moved to Nebraska in 1972 where Jerry operated a Well Service for almost 25 years. Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing and horses. Surviving are wife, Judy Smith of Gothenburg; son, Brad Smith of Citrus Heights, Calif.; son, Rick (Julie) Smith of Kearney; daughter-in-law, Bev Smith of Hampton; grandson, Ethan; granddaughter, Courtney; brother, Jim Smith of Anchorage, Alaska; brother, Rod (Bobbi) Smith of Eugene, Ore.; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. Gerald was preceded in death by son, David Smith; his parents; and grandparents. Services will be at the First Baptist Church, Dec. 3, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastors Bill Ivey and Roger Miller officiating. Interment will follow in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell. Visitation will be at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Dec. 2, 2010, 1- 8 p.m. Contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard Rockville, MD 20852 or Hilltop Estates, 2520 Ave. M Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to Blase-Strauser Funeral Home is in charge of arangements.