LTC John Henry Smith, USA, Retired

October 22, 1949November 22, 2021
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John "Jack" Henry Smith

John “Jack” Henry Smith, 72, was born on October 22, 1949 to the late Henry and Marie Wilson Smith in Lackawanna, NY, and raised in Buffalo, NY. He passed away peacefully on November 22, 2021 at home in Richmond, TX, surrounded by his loving family. Jack’s deep Catholic faith guided him through his courageous 19-month battle with esophageal cancer. Undaunted, he endured treatment with strength, patience, and dignity. He will live on as a hero and role model to many who will carry on his legacy.

Memorial services and a celebration of life will be held at The Settegast-Kopf Co At Sugar Creek Funeral Directors 15015 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77478 on Saturday December 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM. A reception will follow services in the Family Events Hall. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Christine “Chris” Ryan Smith; his two children, Shannon Smith Parker (Dave Parker) and Ryan Smith (Renee Gremillion Smith); his four grandchildren Jacquelyn Parker Ellis (Spencer Ellis), Aimee Parker Cregan (Peter Cregan), Dominic Smith and Liam Smith; and his two great-grandchildren Conor Cregan and Samuel Cregan. He joins three siblings in heaven; Mary Smith Weber, James Smith (survived by Ann Campanile Smith), and Daniel Smith (survived by Liza Stoddard Smith). He is survived by four additional siblings Thomas Smith (Maureen Eagan Smith), Michael Smith (Sue Hens Smith), Joseph Smith (Rosann Sambrotto Smith), Anne Smith Gilhooly (Pat Gilhooly); and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jack received his baccalaureate degree in 1971 from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University in 1977 and a Master of Health Administration degree from Baylor University in 1983. In addition, he graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College.

Jack retired as a lieutenant colonel from the US Army in 1994 after 22 years of active-duty service in the continental United States and overseas. His tours of duty included positions in command and health administration, including assignments in the Office of the Army Surgeon General during Operation Desert Storm and three years as an Inspector General with the US Army in Europe. His military decorations include two awards of the Legion of Merit, five awards of the US Army Meritorious Service Medal, and the Expert Field Medical Badge.

From 1994 to 2004, Jack worked in various positions in managed healthcare, including two years as president of a medical services organization (MSO) in San Antonio, TX, and two years as vice president for network operations for Humana in Houston, TX. In 2004, Jack joined UTMB as director of operations for the non-TDCJ operations where he administrated the contracted non-TDCJ correctional facilities and other contracted health services operations. After retirement, Jack consulted with healthcare organizations for an additional five years.

Jack and his loving wife enjoyed 50 beautiful years of marriage. They shared a mutual joy for travel, fine wine, hosting and spending time with family and friends. Jack valued his Irish heritage and hoped to pass on his Irish legacy for generations to come. He had an unmistakable knack for witty humor and a genuine smile that lit any room he entered. Everyone who had the pleasure to know Jack will dearly miss him. Forever in our hearts; we love you and will miss you every day.

Services will be Streamed via Facebook live at Settgast-Kopf Co At Sugar Creek s Face Book Page beginning at 11:00 A.M.


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LTC John Henry Smith, USA, Retired

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Alice Zothner

December 7, 2021

Jack and Chris gave us a wonderful gift with their friendship over the last 10 years. We will miss him dearly and he lived his life to the fullest!

Joe and Lane Reilly

December 5, 2021

Unfortunately, we only met Jack Smith on one occasion. We are Ryan’s maternal birth grandparents.

Once Ryan contacted us we immediately flew to Houston from Charlottesville, Virginia to meet the Smith family.

While the weekend went quickly, it is memorable for the warmth and friendship that was extended to us.

It took only that short meeting to acquaint us with what an outstanding person Jack was. It’s unfortunate that he’s gone from us so quickly but we are so happy to have had that short time with him. We look forward to being with the family in the future.

Lane and Joe Reilly

Aimee Cregan

December 4, 2021


We all love and miss you so much and you will always hold a special spot in our hearts forever. We know you are with us wherever we go. Rest in peace and we cannot wait to see you again!

All our love,
Aimee, Peter, Conor and Sam

Gregory Lennon

December 4, 2021

when I think of uncle Jack I immediately think of someone who you respect and admire.
I know in life it’s rare when you meet somebody who it seems everyone is drawn to, uncle Jack is definitely one of those people. He always offered his knowledge, quick wit and of course a warm smile, to everyone.
Much love and respect uncle Jack!

David and Carol Parker

December 4, 2021

Our deepest and sincere sympathies to Chris, Shannon, Ryan and their families. From the day we first met Jack and Chris at lunch in Buffalo at the Pearl Street Restaurant we knew our son was marrying into a wonderful family. Our years of memories together as a family will always be cherished and never forgotten. Jack will be dearly missed.

Teresa Tantillo

December 1, 2021

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.

Terry and Liz DeBusk

December 1, 2021

With a squeeze of our hands and a wink of his eye…Jack said goodbye.

We are very fortunate to have known Jack and to have been a small part of his amazing life. Our memories of wine club get togethers and fun travels are many.
We will sorely miss Jack as a friend and a neighbor.

John Murray

November 29, 2021

I have known Jack and his family since early grammar school as we had a mutual aunt and uncle. He was always a friendly, cheerful person who you just naturally felt good to be around. Although I have not seen Jack since his Dad's wake, I will always consider him still one of our old college crew.

Mary Hugar

November 28, 2021

I knew him as Uncle Jack and looked up to him as a hero in the Armed services and family man. And when I was younger a funny magician and favored uncle. We are all lucky to have known him and follow his steadfast example. My love goes out to the family at this difficult time. I know his physical presence will be deeply missed but his spiritual presence and memories will continue to guide and comfort his entire family.

Patrick Shreenan

November 26, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Chris and the Smith family. I last saw Jack at our 50th high school reunion and had a great time reminiscing about our days at St. Martin's, Bishop Timon and Canisius College. As a fellow U.S. Army officer, I am proud of his service and sacrifice to his country. May the grace of God watch over him.


Smith Family


Fishing with Papa


Alaskan cruise


Spending quality time with Papa


Easter with the family


Ironman in Tempe Arizona, 2015


Easter in Texas and Aimee’s engagement to Peter in Ireland


Papa, Nana and grandchildren