Gerald I. “Jerry” Smyth of Solomon, KS., passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Topeka, KS. He was born April 2, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan and had lived in Ypsilanti, Michigan where he graduated High School.
He spent a total of 26 years in the United States Army during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Among his military awards he received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal plus various service medals.
After retiring from the Army, he was employed by the Salina County Emergency Management Department until his retirement in 1992.
He was a member of the Association of the U.S. Army, United States Constabulary Association, and he was a past National Vice President of the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners. He was clerk for the Dayton Township, Saline County, for a number of years. Also he was a member of the United Methodist Church in Solomon where he served on the board for several years.
On May 26, 1956 he married Doris Garsaud in Langendigbach, Germany. She passed away on November 4, 2000. Jerry is survived by his sons Mark and his wife Vickie of Midland, Texas; Paul and his wife Troy of Mankato, Minnesota; 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and one brother, Marvin Smyth of Dearborn, Michigan. Along with his wife Doris, Jerry was preceded in death by his sisters Laura Hixon, Margaret Spring, brother Marvin Smyth and his parents.
Funeral services for Jerry will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Carlson-Becker Funeral Home in Solomon. Burial will be in the Prairie Mound Cemetery, Solomon, with full Military Honors provided by Ft. Riley Honor Guard. Friends may call the funeral home from 10 A.M. until 8 P.M. Tuesday evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the Solomon School Systems, USD 393 and may be sent in care of the Carlson-Becker Funeral Home, 204 W. 4th, Solomon, Kansas 67480. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.martinbeckercarlson.com.
(This obituary was written and paid for by the family of Gerald I. “Jerry” Smyth)