Henry "Hank" W. Smith

Born: Tue., Jul. 7, 1925
Died: Sun., Aug. 18, 2019


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Aug. 18, 2019
Location: Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Mon., Aug. 19, 2019
Location: Choteau Cemetery

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Henry W. Smith, 94, of Choteau, MT, died Aug. 14, 2019, of natural causes.
A visitation will be from 1-4 P.M. on Aug. 18, 2019 at Gorder-Jensen Funeral home.
A private graveside service for family will be held Aug. 19, 2019 at 1 P.M. at the Choteau Cemetery.
Hank was born July 7, 1925, the son of Henry W. and Mary Smith.  He graduated from Choteau High School in 1942. He attended one quarter of college at MSU before returning to Choteau to run the family farm and ranch when his father became ill.  Hank and Geraldine Zier were married in Conrad on Oct. 19, 1952 and have enjoyed 66 years together.  They have a daughter, Linda (Dick) Erickson of Eugene, OR and a son, Bill (Mary) of Choteau.
An active community member, Hank belonged to the Lion’s Club and Odd Fellows. He served on the FSA, El Dorado and Choteau hospital boards.  He gave tirelessly of his time and energy in the Choteau Pavilion Remodel (1970’s) and in the maintenance of the original Choteau Lion’s Swimming pool. Hank enjoyed golfing, bowling, woodworking, and MSU Bobcat football.  For 60 years he played his trumpet in the Choteau Community band. For the last several years Gerry and Hank wintered in Casa Grande, AZ, where they made many dear friends.
Hank is survived by his wife and children; grandchildren, Matt, Greg (Courtney), and Ross Erickson; Brendon Smith, Brady Smith and Marci (Jacob) Erbele; great-grandsons, Holden and Nolan Erbele; and his twin sisters, Bernice Wilt of Choteau and Helen McIntyre of Boise, ID.
Preceding Hank in death were his parents and brothers; Alex, Francis and Howard Truchot.
A reception at Skyline Lodge for friends and family will follow the burial. Memorials may be made to Choteau Lion’s Swimming Pool or to a charity of ones choice.
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Lynn and Cecil Taylor
   Posted Thu August 15, 2019
We send our deepest sympathy to Gerry and family.
You are in our thought and prayers.
Mary Lynn snd Cecil Taylor

Emile Kimmet
   Posted Thu August 15, 2019
So sorry to hear the news that Hank has passed. Sending my sympathies and prayers to you, Jeri and your family. I found my memories have kept my going. If you decide to come back south give me a call and we can do lunch. Emile Kimmet

Don & Laura Schrock
   Posted Thu August 15, 2019
Our sincere condolences, Gerry, to you and your family. In our thoughts and prayers.

Vicky J McIntyre
   Posted Fri August 16, 2019
I loved my Uncle. His sense of humor always had the family in stitches. I am so glad I was able to see him recently; and, he was his same old self! My deepest sympathies to Geri, Linda, Bill and their family in this time of sadness.

Dave & Melody McIntyre
   Posted Sat August 17, 2019
Forever grateful to have had the pleasure of having visited Henry and family recently. Those conversations and the visit to the "family farm" will be remembered every time I think about Henry.

Alyssa Braun
   Posted Sat August 17, 2019

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