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Merle  C.  Smith
     Merle C. Smith, 90, of North Platte, died November 5 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. Merle was born on February 6, 1922 in Onawa, Iowa to Jesse M. and Olive M. (Ingram) Smith.
     Merle graduated from North Platte High School in 1942. He then entered the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during WWII. After his discharge he returned to North Platte where he began work at the Krispy Krust Bakery. It was here that he met the love of his life Dorothy Nelson. The couple was wed on January 1, 1946 in Kansas.
     Merle hired on to the UPPR as a clerk in 1950. After his retirement in 1977, the couple moved to Crete, Neb. where he worked for Farmland for several years. He and Dorothy moved back to North Platte in 1994. Merle was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah''s Witnesses where he began full time ministry in 1985.
     Survivors include his children, Cheryl Keller of North Platte, Kim (Judy) Smith of Kearney, Kyle (Jennifer) Smith of North Platte, and Kelly (Ed) Oberton of Grand Rapids, Minn.; a brother, Darrell (Nancy) Smith of Rapid City, S. Dak.; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 2 children, Linda and Kevin, a sister, Phyllis Becker, and 2 brothers, Dale and Ralph “Tiny” Smith.
     Memorial Services were 11 a.m. Monday November 12 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah''s Witnesses. Inurnment was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 11/14/2012
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