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Vernie Smith II
Vernie J. Smith II, 79, of Iron Mountain, passed away Sunday, Sept. 15 at home surrounded by his family.
Born Aug. 18, 1934, in Amasa, Mich., son of the late Vernie and Ethel (Palmer) Smith, he resided in Iron River for many years before moving to Iron Mountain in 1974. He married Belinda Peterson on Aug. 15, 1980, in Iron Mountain.
He worked for the Chicago and Northwestern and Union Pacific Railroad for 30 years retiring in 1996. He delivered newspapers for the Daily News for 11 years retiring in September 2012. He also worked as a maintenance man for 4-H Camp Molinare.
He enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, hunting and collecting various items. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always offered a helping hand to anyone in need.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Belinda; a son, Vernie (Kim) Smith III, Iron Mountain; a daughter, Jolin Honkala; two sons, Michael and Marty Peterson; a brother, Stanley (Shirley) Shoemaker, Chicago, Ill.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; was also a grandfather figure to Olivia and Emma Brasure of Niagara; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Rae Marie; four brothers, Ted, John, Louie and Otis Smith; two sisters, Pelto Wallo and Obilia Hansen.
Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain.
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