Harvey Smith obituary (1933 – 2021) – Henderson, NE

Harvey H. Smith of Henderson, died on October 2, 2021 at the age of 88 in Henderson. He was born to Henry H. and Margaret (Friesen) Smith on March 20, 1933 on his grandfather Friesen’s farm west of Henderson in Hamilton County.
Harvey attended country school in District 11 west of Henderson and District 51 north of Hampton. He attended Hampton High School.
Harvey realized his need for salvation during his college days while attending church in Hampton. In 1952 he was baptized on his confession of faith at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. As a child he enjoyed listening to the Old-Fashioned Revival Hour with his family and he loved singing Heavenly Sunlight with his father.
From 1953 to 1955, Harvey completed 2 years of IW service at General Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Many long-time friends have been made during these years of service.
On June 7, 1955, he married Marjorie Friesen at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. Four children were born to this family, Kelvin, Roy, Lavonne and Laurel.
He spent his life cultivating and doing many different jobs during the winter months. Jobs in both construction and carpentry and many years with Smith Plumbing and Heating in Hampton. He enjoyed working in his carpentry workshop building many dollhouses, barns and farm buildings for his children and grandchildren.
After his retirement he enjoyed volunteering, spending many hours working at Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park, helping friends or when called to church. He enjoyed working at MCC Canner and helping on the funeral committee.
Harvey is survived by his beloved wife, Marjorie of Henderson. His children, son Kelvin (Nancy) Smith of St. Paul, son, Roy Smith of Hampton, daughter, Lavonne (Gary) Braun of Henderson and daughter, Laurel (Nick) Harling of Sabetha, Kan. Seven grandchildren, Angela (Jason) Dibbert, Brian (Kaleena) Smith, Lauren (Shane) Lindburg, Allison (Torry) Seiler, Leslie (Brenner) Keane, Trevor (Kala) Harling, Mitchell Harling and seven great-grandsons , Brody and Eli Dibbert, Noah, Isaiah, Jonah, and Micah Smith and Kellen Harling. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Jodie Ward and Dexter Huber and his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Evelyn and Charles Duerksen, Beverly and Bill Brown, Eleanor and John Pauls, Milford and Jean Friesen, Donna Friesen, Jim and Peggy Friesen, Vernon and Clarice Friesen, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother and sister-in-law, Alferd and Marlyss Smith and his sister Doris Ward; the in-laws, Klaus H. and Bertha Friesen; brother-in-law, Leroy Friesen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Arlyn and Rosi Friesen and nephew Greg Duerksen.
Funeral services will be at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Bethesda Cemetery, northeast of Henderson. A memorial service will follow at 10:30 am at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. Visitations will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday with family welcoming friends later in the evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Henderson Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to his family at www.metzmortuary.com Memorials can be sent to Bethesda Mennonite Church or Henderson Heritage Park. The Metz morgue in Henderson manages the services.

Published by York News-Times October 4-5, 2021.

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