Jack Smaha, 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at his home in Fremont with his family by his side.
Jack was born Nov. 21, 1920, in York to Bertha (Jelinek) and Joseph F. Smaha. He attended school in Fullerton and graduated from Ravenna High School in 1938. Jack and Marybelle Brookley were married in Las Vegas on Dec. 24, 1941. He entered the service in October 1942 and was discharged on Oct. 13, 1945. While enlisted, Jack served in the European Theater of Operations in the 9th armored division and won three battle stars.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 106, American Legion Post 007, Elks Lodge, and deacon and trustee for First Presbyterian Church in Alliance. Jack worked 39 years on the Burlington Northern Railroad and retired as an engineer in May 1981. He was a lifetime member of Burlington Locomotive Engineers. Following his retirement, he enjoyed working with his son in farming, playing golf, having coffee with his buddies, and leisure time with his family.
Jack and Marybelle moved from Alliance into Nye Square, an independent living senior facility in Fremont, in 2008.
He is survived by: son, Daniel Smaha (Shelly) of Glide, Ore.; daughter, Sandra Young (Dr. Greg) of Fremont; daughter, Diana Lloyd (Rawson) of Spearfish, S.D.; sister, Bette Eizonas of Georgetown, Texas; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marybelle in July 2010.
The family will be holding a private family graveside service at the Alliance Cemetery at a later date, honoring "Gentleman Jack" as a World War II veteran and a beloved family patriarch. He will be greatly missed.
Memorials may be directed to The First Presbyterian Church of Alliance or to Odyssey Hospice of Fremont.
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