CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Jack D. Smith, 79, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at St. Luke Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
Jack was born March 27, 1935, in Rock Falls, the son of Vernon LaRue and Rae Madeline (Rathke) Smith. He served with the Army from 1953 to 1956 during the Korean War. He was married to Janet Sue Light on Aug. 8, 1969, in Sterling. He owned and operated J&J Trucking until he retired at age 74. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. He also enjoyed chatting with friends and family on Facebook.
He is survived by his wife, Janet of Cedar Rapids; daughter, Kerrie (Ron) Pettit of Solon, Iowa; son, Kevin (Theresa) Smith of Vinton, Iowa; daughter, Jennifer (Kevin) Cline of Cedar Rapids; daughter, LeAnne (Craig) Smith-Perry of Urbana; daughter, Kelly Rae Leduc of Canada; son, Randy Dublo of the state of Ohio; 19 grandchildren, Lisa, Bryan, and Chad Pettit, Cameron Weber, Erin and Bethany Smith, Brendan Goode, Garry and Kaiylee Smith, Heather, Jeremy, and Jordan Cline, Dakota, Courtney, Kelsey, Kara, and Cayla Perry; Kim Leduc, and Gabrielle Dublo; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Joyce Olds and Sandra (Larry) Geesey, both of Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant children, Larry Dean Smith and Cheryl Ann Light; granddaughters, Marissa Cline and Krystin Smith-Troncoso; brother, Virgil Smith; and brother-in-law, Jim Olds.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday and the funeral at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids. A private family burial with military honors will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jack’s name may be directed to the Smith family.
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