Mr. Jerry Smith, age 71, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on June 1, 1948 in Madison, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late, Robert Pierce “Bob” and Mary Frances (Littrell) Smith. He was raised in Vevay, Indiana and was a 1966 graduate of Vevay High School. Jerry was inducted into the United States Army on May 7, 1968, in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Campaign Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, 2 Overseas Service Bars, Army Commendation Medal, Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar (M-14) and Marksman Badge (M-16). Jerry was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant on May 6, 1970 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Jerry was united in marriage on November 1, 1969 at Fredonia Baptist Church on Tapp’s Ridge to Darlena “Kay” Lock. This happy union was blessed with two sons, Keith and Kevin. Jerry and Kay shared nearly 48 years of marriage together until she passed away on April 23, 2017. He was later united in marriage to Gloria (Johns) Artus at Fredonia Baptist Church on September 30, 2018. Jerry farmed for several years in Switzerland County, Indiana. He was employed as a stocker for Madison Tool & Die in Madison, Indiana for 8 years. He also co-owned and co-operated Bakes Insurance in Vevay, Indiana with his father, Bob for 25 years. Jerry was later employed as an insurance agent for Cole Bakes Insurance in Vevay, Indiana, retiring after 5 years of service. He was a member of the Fredonia Baptist Church and the American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396. Jerry had resided in the Madison community 2006 – 2017 and later moved back to the Vevay community in 2017. Jerry enjoyed bowling and will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends. Jerry passed away at 10:47 p.m., Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jerry will be missed by his wife, Gloria (Johns) Artus Smith of Vevay, IN; his sons, Keith Smith and his wife: Rebecca of Vevay, IN and Kevin Smith and his wife: Valerie of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren, Huxley, Sam and Ben Smith; his step-grandchildren, Zach, Kaylen and Kinsey and his brother-in-law, Terry Lock of Vevay, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Pierce “Bob” Smith, died November 24, 1997 and Mary Frances (Littrell) Smith, died November 9, 1992; his 1st wife, Darlena “Kay” (Lock) Smith, died April 23, 2017; his step-mother, Doris Nell (Kemker) Smith, died November 7, 2001; his twin brother, Larry Smith, died September 3, 1951 and his sister, Emma Frances Smith, died June 14, 1944.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Rev. Wayne Daugherty, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.
Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredonia Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com