Jerry Wayne Smith

May 29, 1962 - August 18, 2019

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Thursday, August 22, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
New Life Tabernacle, 609 Patty Lane, Kendallville


Thursday, August 22, 5:00 PM
New Life Tabernacle, 609 Patty Lane, Kendallville


Jerry Wayne Smith, 57, of Kendallville died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at his residence in Kendallville.

He was born May 29, 1962, in Garrett, Kentucky, to Tyrone and Willa Jean (Howard) Smith.

On February 18, 1989, in Kendallville he married Terri L. Cramer.

Mr. Smith worked in construction. He had also worked for Handy & Harman in Kendallville and in the housekeeping department at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.

He was a member of American Legion Post 86 SOL.

Jerry loved to write poetry and had some of his poems published. He enjoyed woodworking, building, fishing, camping, and riding his motorcycle with the Army Riders.

Surviving are his wife, Terri L. Smith of Kendallville; three sons, Brandon W. (Dara) Smith of Elkhart, Jerry W. Smith, Jr. of Elkhart, and Kenneth Smith of Kendallville; a daughter, Tiffany L. (Douglas Bherns) Smith of Kendallville; five grandchildren, Jazmin Smith, Olivia Bherns, Peyton Bherns, Mackenzie Smith, and Jerry Thiel; his mother, Willa Jean (L. Tom Keith) Smith of Kendalville; and three brothers, Randy (Susan) Smith, Sr. of Kendallville, E. Duane Smith of Kendallville, and Tyrone (Lita) Smith, Jr. of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his father; a sister, Donna Kay Smith; his maternal grandmother, Lula Slone; and his paternal grandfather, Merlin D. Smith.

Funeral services will be Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 5 p.m. at New Life Tabernacle, 609 Patty Lane, Kendallville with Pastor Austin Gilliland officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville at a later date.

Calling is Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Army Riders, Chapter 118.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapter, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Karl Holden
August 25th, 2019 8:39pm

Sorry to hear of his passing

Lee C Sexton
August 22nd, 2019 6:20pm
Fort Wayne

I'm sorry to hear about Jerry passing away. I plan to be at the Church for his services today.

Duane Smith
August 22nd, 2019 12:54pm

I will truly miss you Jerry 💔 my heart is broken I love you deeply ❤️ and I will carry you forever in my heart all my love brother Rest easy love you always and forever ❤️

Evelyn Smith
August 22nd, 2019 12:39pm

So sorry for the loss 💔 of a awesome man he truly had a heart of gold inside and out he will be missed by many sending my love and prayers to the Smith family

Mary Gray
August 22nd, 2019 5:35am

Sorry for the loss of Jerry I will keep all of you in my prayers through this tough time you are facing.

Kelli Lyons
August 20th, 2019 12:12pm
Ft. Wayne

So sorry time hear about the sudden loss of a husband, father, grandfather, as and brother. Sending deepest sympathly to the family.

Ginny Bherns
August 19th, 2019 10:06pm

I was very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers.

Mitch and Carrie Thompson
August 19th, 2019 8:58pm

Terri, Mitch and I are so very sorry for the loss of your husband. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.

Crystal Gibson Heal
August 19th, 2019 8:53pm
North Carolina

Tyrone and Smith Family, I am so sorry for your loss!! I pray for strength and peace for you all to get through this hard time.

Coleen Arribasplata
August 19th, 2019 7:38pm

So sorry for your loss Tiffany, I lost my dad when I was 20 to heart disease, so I can relate to your loss. Know that your dad will always be your angel watching over and protecting you.