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Garry F. Smedra

Garry F. Smedra, 75, of Overland Park, KS, formerly of Loup City, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at the Grand Island Veterans Home in Grand Island. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Marty L. Egging will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City, with graveside military honors by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Smedra was born on Aug. 14, 1936, at Loup City, the son of Clarence and Theresa (Badura) Smedra. He is survived by his wife, Judi L. Smedra of Overland Park, KS; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Amy Smedra and their children, Nicholas and Abigail of Deer Park, TX and Daniel and Jane Smedra and their son, Jonathan of St. Louis, MO; one daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Paris Smith and their son, Jacob of Chicago, IL; and a sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Archie Ziola of Columbus. Garry grew up on the family farm in Sherman County where he attended rural schools and was a 1953 graduate of Loup City High School. He served in the United States Air Force for over 23 years. During his career he served in North Africa, France, Panama, Iceland and Thailand. He then worked as a recruiter in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, later working as a medical recruiter stationed in Kansas City, MO. He retired in March 1978 as a Senior Master Sergeant. He was united in marriage to Judith L. “Judi” Peknik on Sept. 22, 1962, at Richards -Gebaur AFB in Belton, Missouri. After his military career he worked for the University of Kansas Medical Center for nine years in the continuing education field. He set up programs for doctors and nurses in Kansas outside of the metropolitan areas. Due to failing health he moved to the Grand Island Veterans Home in 2006, where he lived the rest of his life. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus in Olathe, KS and the VFW in Chanute, KS. Garry enjoyed gardening and visiting with family and friends. He loved attending his children’s sporting events of softball, baseball, football and wrestling. A “Big Red” fan, he was always anxious for Nebraska football season. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerome Smedra. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Grand Island Veterans Home.

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May God grant you peace and strength at your time of loss. Our prayers and best wishes to the Smedra family. Chanute H.S. Class of '86.

Ray Baughn Sep 26 2011 12:00 AM

I heard about Garry passing & I am truly sorry! Mike,Dan & I were friends before I ever met their Dad. I acquainted myself with Garry in T & R Restaurant & loved his humor. ! God Bless your Family through this rough time & my thoughts are with your family! Take care!!

Alan Markham Sep 21 2011 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that God will comfort and sustain you. Psalms 34:18 says that He is near to those broken at heart and saves those crushed in spirit. Please keep His promises close to your heart. I offer my deepest sympathies to your entire family.

S. Ford Sep 21 2011 12:00 AM

We were saddened to learn of Garry's passing. The Smedra family is in our thoughts and prayers. In Christ's peace, Tom, Joni, Liz, Emily & Olivia Bereswill

The Thomas Bereswill Family Sep 13 2011 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. May the angels greet and keep him. May the light bring him joy & peace. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

John & Nancy Guillory Sep 13 2011 12:00 AM

our hearts and prayers go out to the family.chuck,caroline

chuck&caroline lee Sep 13 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Judi, Michael, Danny & Kathy, We are holding you, and all your families, in prayer at this time. We were blessed to have met Garry, and, have his son, Michael, in our family. Love to all, Karen & Stan

Karen & Stan Sampson Sep 13 2011 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to Gary's family but aches deeply for my daughter in law Kat, Baby the only words I have are "I love you deeply"

Ramona l. Smith Sep 13 2011 12:00 AM

My condolences to my brother-in-law and his family. I never met Garry, but know that he was loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. God Bless Garry and the Smedra family, Brandon Sampson

Brandon Sampson Sep 13 2011 12:00 AM

I would like to extend my condolences and express my sympathy for the passing of Garry. He was a good friend to my Father and Mother. He was my Dad’s only friend from his time in the USAF. He showed concern and care for my Dad through his years of health problems. For that, I’m grateful that my dad knew Garry. I would like to acknowledge his 23 years of dedicated to service to our nation in the United States Air Force. He was a good man; Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend and Patriot. May God grant you comfort and peace.

John P. Yeatman Jr. Sep 13 2011 12:00 AM

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