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Gerald "Jerry" W. Smith, 94, of Rockford, passed away on December 5, 2018. He was born on November 29, 1924 in Rockford, the son of Harvey and Nellie (Hall) Smith. He graduated from West High School in 1942 and attended Northern Illinois University for 2 years. Jerry served in the United State Navy as 1st Class Store Keeper aboard the Aircraft Carrier CVE99 in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1947. He married Elsie Nelson on September 1, 1951 at Zion Lutheran Church in Rockford. She predeceased him on November 24, 2012. Jerry was a dept. manager at Rockford Drop Forge in the heat and cold treat dept. for 38 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, life member of Rockford Jaycees, and involved in numerus Boy Scouting functions for over 20 years.
He is survived by daughter, Barbara (Brian) Splinter; son, Roger (Cindy) Smith; grandchildren, Brianna Splinter, Lauren Miller and Matt (Teresa) Miller; great-grandchildren, Emma and Lily Miller and Brandon, Crystal, and Angelica Ponce; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by wife, Elsie; brother, Forest Smith; and sister, Virginia Boyd.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 N 1st Street, Rockford, with Reverend Jay Quinn officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45 am at the church. Graveside service at 9:00 am in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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  1. Deb Hyde

    So sorry for your dad's passing. He and your mom are always with you and they are together again. Prayers for you and your family

  2. Russ Amanda Graham Nelson

    Its a sad day, but also a celebration of a life so well lived. Such a kind and gentle man and obviously so strong. I will miss his backyard perch, his stories about his families store, serving on the "baby flattop" in the Pacific, and most of all his devotion to his family, especially his beloved Elsa. Godspeed Uncle Jerry. Russ, Amanda, & Graham Nelson

  3. Ginny & Jim Kenyon

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Barb, Roger and families- He was such a wonderful man and a very special great uncle to all of us.

  4. LaRae Larson

    So sorry for your loss Barb, your love for him will go on forever. May God bless you with wonderful memories.

  5. Kelly

    I'm so sorry to hear your dad, grandad. Passed away may he rest in peace. Thoughts are with his family an friends at this very sad time. Thinking of you all. RIP

  6. Chris and Clara Leonard

    Please accept our family's prayers and support during your time of mourning. God Bless!


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