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Gerald "Jerry" James Smith

June 22, 1935September 27, 2020
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Gerald James "Jerry" Smith, Age 85, passed away at home in Mesa, Arizona on September 27, 2020.

Jerry was born in Darwin, Minnesota to Ercell and Evangeline Paul and graduated from Dassel High School. He proudly served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956. He met and married Jeannine Swanson shortly thereafter and they lived first in Brooklyn Park and then Elk River until the winters became too cold. Jerry started his career in advertising and insurance, then in construction and land development, working until the last week of his life. He loved to fish, hunt, travel, and meet people. He always enjoyed a good meal. He loved his family and never missed an opportunity to appreciate God’s servants. He is survived by his wife, Jeannine; his children Doug Smith, Deb and Tom Miller, Bob and Rita Smith, Kim and Rick Yeatts; his grandchildren Benjamin Miller, Jessica Peterson, Shanna Ghizoni, Jennifer Gjelhaug, Melissa Smith, Kayleen Bengtson; and 9 great-grandchildren; sisters Louella Williams and Mary Knutson.

In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to Savior Hospice & Palliative Care, 4530 E Shea Blvd, Ste 160 Phoenix, AZ 85028. A private service will be held at Orono Cemetery in Elk River, MN on November 7, 2020.

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Tania & Bob Stephens

October 11, 2020

Dearest Jeanine and Family,
We can hardly take in our Dear Friend Jerry is gone! We were so glad to get to see and visit Jerry & Jeanine in Aug.!
It brought back so many memories of when I was single in the Cities, visiting them many times in there Elk River home! Thankful for all Jerry lived for and a dear friend to so many! Wonderful to have memories that will sustain us! You are so in our hearts these days!
Love and hugs,
Bob & Tania Stephens

McKenzie Thompson

October 11, 2020

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