Farming Rural 10

Jerry Lowell Smith

March 15, 1945 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Jerry Smith Obituary

Jerry Lowell Smith, 78, of Carthage, passed away early on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

Jerry was born at his home on March 15, 1945, in Carthage, Illinois, the son of Melvin and Leta (Parrish) Smith. He attended Carthage High School and graduated in 1963. In 1965, Jerry was united in marriage to Sharon Mosley, with whom he shares three children, Shelley, Travis, and Gretchen. They later divorced. Jerry was then united in marriage to Jennifer Hosto on June 20, 1981, at Sutter Bethlehem United Church of Christ. They have one son, Wyatt.

Jerry spent all his life working on the family farm and it was his strongest passion since he was 9 years old. Some would say, “Nobody planted a straighter row than Jerry”.  Jerry worked for Harmony Township for many years. He loved being in his Bulldozer.  He operated a bulldozing business for years.  Jerry had a passion for the outdoors. You could always find Jerry going to truck and tractor pulls and hunting. He was an avid gun collector and a lifetime member of the NRA. Jerry enjoyed spending time with and telling stories to his grandkids. He was a strong-willed man that was not short on words but respected by many.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Jennifer Smith, of Carthage, IL; his children, Shelley (Jerilyn Miller) Smith of Carthage, IL, Travis (Teresa) Smith of Carthage, IL, Gretchen (Smith) Vacko of Plainfield, IL, and Wyatt (Jessica Jackson) Smith of Lehi, UT; his grandchildren, Brogan (Taylor) Smith of Carthage, IL, Alexis, Alivia & Wesley Smith of Carthage, IL, Riley, Makenna, Keegan, & Delainey Vacko of Plainfield, IL; and a great-grandson, Weston Vacko. Also, survived by two sisters: Wanda Kratzer of Keokuk, IA, and Shelia (Dave) Graham of Carthage, IL, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded by his parents; a sister, Mary Jane Turner; Two nephews Brent Turner and Bryan Turner and a step mother, Alberta Smith.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage with burial to follow at Moss Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 – 11 am at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made out to St. Judes Children Hospital. Printy Funeral Home of Carthage is handling arrangements.

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January 13, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Printy Funeral Home
405 Cherry Street
Carthage, IL 62321

Funeral Service
January 13, 2024

11:00 AM
Printy Funeral Home
405 Cherry Street
Carthage, IL 62321


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