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Darrell L. Smith

Darrell L. Smith, 82, of the Grand Island Veterans Home, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Private family graveside services will be held Wednesday in the Douglas Grove Cemetery, near Comstock. Pastor Don Schauda will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by Rogers C. West American Legion Post No. 220 of Comstock. There will be no public visitation. Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Smith was born on Sept. 12, 1928, at Flippin, Arkansas, the son of Lawrence and Ruth (Dudley) Smith. He was united in marriage to Ruth L. Jones on Nov. 23, 1946, at Salem, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Ansley; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Dan and Gloria Smith of Merna, Mike Smith of Elm Creek, Randall and Carrie Smith of Santa Rosa, CA, Mark and Ruth Smith of Dayton, Iowa, and Vince and Sherry Smith of Shelton, Wash.; two sisters, Lovella Slangal of Garland and Donna Johnson of Centralia, IL; 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. As a young child, Darrell moved to Salem, IL with his family, where he attended rural schools. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He and Ruth lived and farmed near Iuka, IL until moving to Nebraska in March 1966. The couple farmed mostly around Custer County, having lived in the Broken Bow, Sargent and Comstock communities. They retired in 1990 and once again lived in various communities in the area. Darrell moved to the Grand Island Veterans Home in August 2009. He took pride in keeping a nice lawn and enjoyed gardening, woodworking and small engine repairs. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dennis Smith; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Smith; a granddaughter, Delania Smith; a brother, Dwayne Smith; and a sister, Jean Gray. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice.

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It is with deep regret I was unable to be with my family at this time of grief. I know Dad would understand. We had our differences and didn't always see eye-to-eye but all that is gone with his passing. May we meet again someday under better circumstances. Trials and tribulations beset all of us but when the time comes to face our Maker, all our wordly pains are forgiven. The torch has formally passed to our new patriarch and eldest brother Dan who will carry it proudly. Rest in peace, Dad.

Randall Smith Nov 10 2010 12:00 AM

Dear Aunt Ruth & Cousins, My sincere condolences. I will always remember Uncle Darrell as a giant of a man with his boisteous voice. He always had rosie cheeks and wore his overalls. My entire family sends there love and and sympathy to you all. Sincerely, DeLana Johnson Stickney

DeLana Johnson Stickney Nov 9 2010 12:00 AM

To my baby brother Darrell, I'll miss you, but will always remember all the great and happy times we had together. With all my love, Big sister Joann

Joann Smith Slangal Nov 9 2010 12:00 AM

We love you Uncle Darrell. You were always our favorite Uncle and we will never forget you.

Les,Vic,Carole, & Bruce Nov 9 2010 12:00 AM

Ruth: You are in our hearts and prayers. God Bless, Linda and Marian, Veteran Service Office

Linda Bomberger Nov 9 2010 12:00 AM

You could always make me feel special...after all those boys you told me I was your first girl!! Love you much Grandpa.

Cynthia Nov 8 2010 12:00 AM

Ruth and family...Sorry to hear of your loss of Darrell, We have fond memories of you both when you were living in Comstock. Take care and God Bless. Michelle and Doug Hickman

Doug and Michelle Hickman Nov 8 2010 12:00 AM

We so enjoyed the time when "Hoss" worked with us at BD in Broken Bow. He was fun and always interesting to talk to. After he left BD we would see him occasionally at farm sales and such. He was the same fun guy. We extend our sympathy to his family and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Terry & Linda Rosentreader Nov 8 2010 12:00 AM

Sherry Smith Nov 8 2010 12:00 AM

Hoss, was a very good friend to us. We remember all the times he helpped us with those old milk cows. We will miss him. God Bless

Gale & Angie Marsh Nov 8 2010 12:00 AM

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