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Daniel R. Smith

April 18, 1929 — February 4, 2019

Born to Theodore R Smith and Lola Duncan Smith on April 18, 1929. Danny grew up n difficult and hard times where family was everything. As a child, he spent a lot of his time with his Grandfather who told him stories of his life in the Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and played a part in securing the court records and guarding them to make Hastings the County seat. He had to drop out of school in 8th grade when his father froze his kneecaps to help his Mother run the family business. He later got his GED and went on to become a certified Chef. He hauled ammunition in the later years of WWII. He would have to park way outside the city limits everywhere they stopped because towns were worried about an explosion. So they had to carry all their food and drinks.

Danny was a Chef at many Restaurants and Country Clubs including East Hills, the Bicentennial Inn and the Villager. He moved to Omaha to design a kitchen and menu for Jerry Foster to open Jerico's. He was a Kosher Chef for the Jewish Community Center. When his hands started to hurt from the cold cutting meat, he went back into trucking. He became an owner-operator for Andrews Van Lines and worked for Interstate Express and Hill Brothers. During that time, he was bite by a brown Recluse spider in Chicago, and after a hospital stay in New York returned home to need open heart surgery to replace a heart valve that was destroyed by the infection. He was a strong man who beat the odds that time.

Danny finally retired, but couldn't stay home. He worked at various jobs including 5 years at Bakers. In his final years he loved going to the Casino, visiting family and friends, and taking care of the yard. He loved his Huskers, especially football and volleyball.

Danny is preceded in death by parents Theodore and Lola Duncan Smith, brothers Stanley T Smith and Lowell Smith and sister in law Barb Smith, sister Lillian Batiste, brother in law Orin Anderson, and sons Daniel Smith Jr and Ricky Smith. Good friend Tom Adams.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Neumaier-Smith; children, Greg Smith, Amber Smith and Sterling Smith; grandchildren, great grandchildren, siblings, Rev Rosalie Smith Anderson, and Ted Smith; sister in law, Lana Smith; brother in law, Lionl Batiste; many nieces, nephews, friends and family and pup Bruiser and kitty Katia.

Services April 18th 3:00 at Ministerio Favor de Dios, Gods Favor Ministry 5110 S 33rd Street Celebration 5:00 at Farmer Browns Steak House in Waterloo, NE

Funeral Home:
Chapel of Memories
9001 Arbor Street #111
Omaha, NE
United States 68124


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