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Monte  K.  Smith
     Monte K. Smith, 50, of North Platte, passed away Feb. 15, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born June 6, 1962 to George W. ‘Bill'' and Twila Wilson-Smith.
     Monte attended Hershey High School, graduating with the class of 1981. In high school he lettered in football and track.
     On Nov. 17, 1984 he married Leonda Shepherd at the First Baptist Church. To this union was born two children.
     He worked on the farm for his dad for many years. He also worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, Bob Spady and Elliot''s Automotive. He had to quit working in 2000 due to his health.
     He loved to shoot pool. His grandbabies were his greatest joy, and he helped to raise Bryley for three years. His grandson, Eiery, referred to his grandfather as ‘pappa''.
     Survivors include his daughter, Krystal (Derek Sturgeon) Smith, of North Platte; a son, Kent Smith, of North Platte; three grandchildren, Bryley, Eiery and Emberleigh; father of North Platte; two brothers, Terry (Lynda) Smith of North Platte, and Mike Smith of Tucson, Ariz.; lifelong friend, Leonda Shepherd, of North Platte; several nieces and nephews.
     Monte was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Eloise and George Wilson; mother; and several aunts and uncles.
     Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Feb. 18 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Pastor Dean Bailey officiating. Burial followed at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Adams & Swanson was in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 2/20/2013
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