John "Jack" Smith
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FORT SHAW —John "Jack" Smith, 67, of Fort Shaw, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, after complications following a stroke.
A graveside service will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place under the care of Schnider Funeral Home.
Jack was born on August 5, 1946, in Havre, Montana to Charles and Monica "Dolly" Smith. He was raised on the family farm north of Joplin, where he also attended school and graduated from Joplin High School in 1964. He attended Northern Montana College for two years before enlisting in the Navy in 1967.
While stationed at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, Jack met and married Ligaya "Lee" in 1970. That same year, Jack and Lee returned to Joplin to work the family farm. In addition to farming, Jack ran his trucking business and also worked some years for the Liberty County Road Dept. After the sale of the family farm in 1999, Jack and Lee moved to Fort Shaw where he continued trucking until his retirement in 2013.
Jack is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ligaya "Lee" Smith of Fort Shaw; daughter Mary (Wade) Kultgen of Havre; sons Michael Smith of Gig Harbor, WA and Ian Smith of Fort Shaw; ten grandchildren; sisters Virginia (Don) Wood and Barbara Smith both of Helena and Mary (Lyle) Mansfield of Gulf Breeze, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Monica Smith; and brother Frank Smith.
Memorials may be sent to the Joplin Memorial Park, C/O Jada Fraser, PO Box 34, Joplin, MT 59531 or Peace Hospice, 1101 26th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405.
Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com.
Schnider Funeral Home
1510 13th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405-4501
Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 11, 2014