He was a U.S. Army veteran serving his country in the Korean War. He retired from Earl M. Jorgensen Steel after 30 years. He loved to travel and was a collector of Hot Wheels cars. He enjoyed time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. Never meeting a stranger, he will be remembered as a patient, kind man with an infectious smile.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and step-father; one brother; two sisters; a grandson; and his first wife, Mary Esther Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne Smith; daughter, Debbie Meyers and husband, Bob; step-son, Gary Kircher and wife, Debbie; step-daughter, Dana Bohlken; three brothers; five sisters; six grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held by family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.