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Marsh Funeral Home

305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee, IL

OBITUARY

Jerry L. Smith

August 11, 1942June 19, 2017
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Jerry Leo Smith, 74, of Zion, passed away on June 19th, 2017 at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. Visitation and service will be held at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N. Cemetery Road, Gurnee on June 24th 2017 at 2:00pm, service beginning at 4:00pm. Jerry was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Joseph and Ruth Smith on August 11th, 1942. He attended George Washington High School and graduated in 1961. A Vietnam Veteran, Jerry served in the United States Navy from 1961 until 1980 achieving the rank of Chief Yeoman. He went on to earn an Associates degree in Applied Science from the College of Lake County. Jerry later worked in the Civil Service as a Transportation Officer for the United States Navy until his retirement in 2004. He was an active member of Zion Benton Moose Lodge 667. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ruth, brothers Bob, Bill, Jack, and Tom, and sisters LaVerene, Betty, Mary, and Martha. He is survived by brothers, Joseph and John Smith, his sister Judy Lowery, loving partner Vivian Donaldson, sons Jerry (Tina) Smith, Steven (Denise) Smith and, grandchildren Alyssa, Leigh, Emily, Jake Katie, Tyler, Logan, and great grandson Eli. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or The Vietnam Veterans of America.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 24, 2017
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 24, 2017

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Greg Smith

November 16, 2017

I spent a lot to time with Jerry as we tested a travel system for the US Army (2002-2004). Great travel mind and understood the needs of the Soldier, Airman, Seamen, and Marine. What a loss Nothing but respect! You're missed my friend.

Cindy Walker

July 28, 2017

Vivian, I just found out about Jerry. I am so sorry. Jerry was a wonderful person. I remember when I first came to transportation, Ray introduced me to Jerry and I felt very welcome. He always remembered to bring the office a "king cake" from New Orleans around Mardi Gras. And I would always get the "baby".
I have seen him a few times since he retired. He always had a big hug and hello for me.
I know you will miss him. And I believe that he will always be with you and looking after you and his loved ones. He and Ray are searching for the good food and great laughs and probably sharing driving the ship. I am truly blessed to have known him as a boss and a truly honorable person.
You take care of yourself. I live in Zion. I am on Facebook. If you want to get together, let me know and we can go for a meal or coffee. My thoughts are with you.

Vivian

June 26, 2017

Jerry is My Honey, My Sunshine and My Love. Everybody knows what a wonderful man he was. He wouldnt like this attention, but he couldnt or wouldnt comprehend how much all us of needed to come together to thank him for all that he gave us. My wish is for everyone to remember the happy times they shared with Jerry.
Memories like his hard work at the lodge, especially on Friday night Dinners (I know that what happened in the kitchen stayed in the kitchen), he was a great cook, .,
the way he mowed his lawn, different patterns and made it as perfect as possible,
and on snow days, he grumbled about having to clear the driveway (often recruiting our neighbor) and before I knew it, at least 3 hours passed when he returned for a hot cup of coffee after having cleaned almost all of the neighbors driveways.
Steve and Jerry he was always so proud of you and the individuals that you are. And you are blessed for having such good wives as Denise (Steve) and Tina (Jerry).
For all his grandchildren and great great grandson who he equally loved dearly. I have to ask them, how many times did Grandpa get you doing this : (he would point his finger at their chest, and ask them What is this? and when they looked down, he would move his finger up and tap them on their chin.)
My sons Christopher and James thought the world of him and never hesitated to comment about Jerry being the toughest guy they knew and he always supported them.
As for me Ive always told the story that when Jerry and I first committed to each other, I told him that I ALWAYS read in bed at night before I went to sleep, he said, Dont worry Hon, the light doesnt bother me, go ahead and read. Well about a month later, as we were going to sleep, he asks Is that LIGHT still on? Of course I said yes, and its staying on I always laughed about it and said, Thats when I knew the Honeymoon was over! .
But now I have to add to that story, because the Honeymoon was never over. Honey, I cant say goodbye, because you will always be in my heart and I anxiously look forward to when we are together again. I love you.

Donna Dalton

June 23, 2017

Jerry was the most compassionate person we know.
We have known him for 24 years. He loved his kids and grandkids. He is everything a grandparent should be! He always cares for everyone and is always asking how someone is. He will be greatly missed. Take care Jerry and Rest In Peace. You are no longer in pain. Love, Donna, Wes and Allison Dalton

Ellen Sharp

June 23, 2017

Jerry, Steven and Vivian, it has been 20 years since I've seen Jerry and I was sadden when I read Jerry's obituary in Indianapolis Star this morning (6/23) I worked at Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) Indianapolis for over 14 years and Jerry was my Transportation Officer for the majority of those years. I remember when one son got married and when the grand babies were born. I enjoyed listening to him talk about the previous weekend when he would babysit his grandchildren. Nice to view all of the photos you have posted the website. Jerry would come down to Indianapolis for a quality inspection..he could be tough but mainly was a likable and honest man and of course he would give me and my team A+. I know Jerry was one of 11 siblings, I'm from a family of 14 children, we would talk about both of our childhoods. He would raze me for growing up on the eastside. I was happy to learned that he had You, Vivian, in his life. I pray that Jerry's passing was without pain, Again Thank you for posting pictures..it was great seeing Jerry again. God Bless and Condolences to the Smith Family, Ellen Sharp

June 22, 2017

My U, Jerry was a great man that loved his God, Loved his Country and loved his Family. It showed by the way he served each. He has left an empty space in my heart ant the hearts of many. You ere right, U. Jerry, You were a winner either way. You are with God now where there is no pain. Thank you for protecting our freedom, most of all Thank You for being my friend. Bill

June 22, 2017

My U, Jerry was a great man that loved his God, Loved his Country and loved his Family. It showed by the way he served each. He has left an empty space in my heart ant the hearts of many. You ere right, U. Jerry, You were a winner either way. You are with God now where there is no pain. Thank you for protecting our freedom, most of all Thank You for being my friend. Bill

Maria Sus

June 22, 2017

I've known Jerry for 20 years. What a great sense of humor. A real go-to guy for The Answer. A friend that truly will be missed. My heart goes out to the family.

Kathie Larson

June 22, 2017

The memory of those you love stays in your heart forever.

Joan and Ken Church

June 22, 2017

Jerry was our across-the-street neighbor when we lived in Zion. You could always count on him. He and Ken had many driveway conversations.

The neighborhood was a better place because Jerry lived there!

May he rest in peace.

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