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Jerry Michael Smith

May 24, 1939 - May 31, 2023


Jerry Michael Smith, 84, of Sheboygan, WI and formerly of Willmar, MN was welcomed into his heavenly home on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Jerry will be remembered for his strong faith in the Lord Jesus and his unwavering love and commitment to his family. He was born in Beresford, SD to Robert and Mary Smith on May 24, 1939 and graduated from Huron High School in 1957. He served in the National Guard and the United States Army and later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Sioux Falls College in 1964. He later graduated with a Master’s Degree from Mankato State University in 1974.
Jerry married Carla Bjerke on November 29, 1963 in Sioux Falls, SD. His career included teaching high school and counseling for Iowa State Social Services. During this time he was Director of Social Services for the Omaha Indian tribe in Macy, NE. He also worked for Youth for Christ as a youth guidance counselor. He retired from Minnesota Health and Human Services in Willmar, MN in 2001. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, traveling and camping.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Carla; daughter, Janis (Mark) Brunn; sons, Michael and Steven Smith; 8 grandchildren, Rachel Brunn, Paul Brunn, Silas (Erin) Brunn, Mary Brunn, Caden (Jill) Smith, Bennet Smith, Sawyer Smith and Malia Smith; sister, Janis Eddy; nieces and nephews.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and Countryside Manor for their care of Jerry.



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Jamie Hamrick

Was sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We had many good times together in high school, riding around in his Studebaker, working on the railroad one summer and, of course, talking about girls. A good friend who I will always remember.

Sharon Root Scott

So sorry to hear of your loss I was a classmate and Jerry and I went to the prom together our senior year.

Jerry Kobriger

Carla: I am so very sorry for your loss. As you know he was best man at my wedding, but you know what a "best man" he was.

John Eilers

I enjoyed knowing Jerry, He was a fine person. John Eilers

Karen Buus

Thinking of you Carla and family. What a sweetheart, Jerry was.

Marcy Bonnema

I remember when he lived with us.. What a loving man he was.. He will be surely missed.

Ron Abel

We are so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a sweet man and made us feel so welcome when we came to church in Willmar. Always a smile on his face.

Michele “Shelley” Hedlund

I express my sincere sympathy to Carla and your family in the loss of Jerry. I enjoyed working with Jerry for several years at Kandiyohi County Family Services. He was kind, friendly, fun and a man of faith. Comfort and peace to you as you adjust to life without him.♥️🙏✝️🕊️

Nancy Murphy

When I think of the kindness and encouragement that came my way in Willmar, Carla and Jerry were always among those at the top of the list. Praise God we will all be together again in eternity. Jerry was a warm and sweet man. Praying for Carla as she adjusts to life without him... You are loved, Carla.

Don and Ruth Kuehl

So sorry to hear of the passing away of Jerry. He will surely be missed by all of his family. Our sympathies to all of the families!

Jessie Neiswonger (Brune)

Sending you love and light. What a wonderful man.

David and Katie Karnof

Sending our love and condolences

Janis Brunn

Thankful for the loving Father and Grandfather he was to our family. He will be remembered fondly and greatly missed.

Suzanne Miller

He was a wonderful person, may he rest in peace.

Amy Bahr

and family, I’m so very sorry for passing of your dad, husband, and grandpa. May you find comfort knowing that he is at peace in the arms of our Lord.

Steven John Smith

Miss you Dad!