Arvid William Smith, age 86 of Thedford, died Feb. !4, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral services will be Monday Feb. 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Bethel Assembly of God Church with Pastor Ron Master officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery with full Military Honors by American Legion 230 and Thedford VFW 2023. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family receiving friends from 3 to 5 PM at the church. Memorials are suggested to Hillcrest Cemetery Fund or the donor’s choice.
Arvid was born Nov. 16, 1925, at Arthur, to George William Smith and Florence May Johnson Smith. He grew up on a ranch north of Arthur and received his education in a country school, District 2 in Arthur County, through the 8th grade.
His home was a baled hay house. Times were hard through the depression years. By 1939, times were beginning to get better.
As a young boy he worked for neighbors. Before enlisting in the Army he worked for the Triangle Ranch north of Arthur for three years. Arvid enlisted in the Army, 27th lnfantry Division Dec. 22, 1944, and served during World War II. He served in the Pacific and engaged in the occupation of Japan. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged Nov. 15, 1946.
Arvid returned to the Triangle Ranch and worked three more years. He then went to the Carver Ranch north of Whitman to work five years as a ranch hand for the Meyers Land and Cattle Company.
He was united in marriage June 25, 1961, in Thedford, to Hazel Coleen Florea. To this union were born four daughters. The couple moved to the Arapahoe Ranch south of Walden, Colo., where Arvid was employed by Meyers Land and Cattle Company for eight years.
Arvid and his family moved back to Nebraska and lived near Anselmo, and worked for Don Werner for seven years before moving back to Thedford. He worked for Pearson Livestock Equipment Company until he retired.
Arvid loved his country deeply and was a member of the Everett J. Yates American Legion Post 207 of Arthur for 55 years. He loved country music, the "good" comedians like Dean Martin, Red Skelton and Carol Burnett. He loved his family and was so proud of them.
Arvid is survived by wife Hazel; four daughters, Laurie A Wessels of Edgar, Coleen (Ken) Wood of North Platte, Tracy (Travis) Mumford of Fremont, Lynn Smith and special friend Todd Tenczer of Fremont; 12 grandchildren, Heather (Jeremiah) Harris, Bryan (Rachel) Wessels, Seth, Jessica, Krista and Jaime Doty, Reese and Rylee Mumford; six great- grandchildren, Brayson, Maddy and Avalyn Harris, Orion Doty and Luke and Jackson Wessels; brothers, Gerald (Rhoda) Smith of Gering, and Waldo (Mavis) Smith of Pharr, Texas; many nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends.
Arvid was preceded in death by his father, George William Smith, and mother, Florence Mae Johnson Smith; and infant sister; and son-in-law, Garry Len Wessels.
Published in Custer County Chief, Feb. 23, 2012