Charles A. “Charlie” Smith, 85, of Salem, passed away May 2, 2013 at Sabetha, KS. He was born Feb. 3, 1928 at Falls City, to the late Loys and Opal (Lambert) Smith.
Charlie served with the Nebraska National Guards, Company B, 134th Infantry at Falls City.
On Sept. 23, 1951 he married Leattrice “Ann” Jorn at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at Verdon.
Charlie was raised on a farm northwest of Stella, and attended grade school there until the 3rd grade, when the family moved to Lincoln. He finished grade school and high school in Lincoln. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in June of 1949. After college he taught Veterans Agriculture classes in Shubert. In January 1954 he and Ann moved to York, where Charlie worked for the Geis Irrigation Co. In 1959 they moved back to Falls City and purchased the Tucker Hardware & Sporting Goods Store, later purchasing the Ford dealership which he operated for 20 years.
After retirement he sold insurance and he and Ann traveled. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was an avid reader and Cribbage player. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 20th & Towle St.; member of the Ag Mens Club at UNL, Sesostris Temple of the Shrine in Lincoln, Lions Club and Elks Lodge #963, both of Falls City and also a Master Mason, Falls City Lodge No. 9 AF & AM.
Charlie is survived by his wife Ann, of Salem; sons, Chuck (Susie), of Falls City, Craig (Mary Beth), of Platte City, MO; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Andrew Chavanak officiating.Interment will be in Steele Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Dorr and Clark Funeral with Masonic Rites at 8 p.m.