Funeral services were held in Scottsbluff Thursday, for former State Trooper Jerry Smith. Trooper Smith was killed in a traffic accident last week in rural Morrill County.
Father Robert Manisek conducted the service, which was being held in the community college gymnasium in Scottsbluff. “It would be an understatement to say that this has been a difficult time for those who knew and worked with Jerry, our memorial service cannot make the emptiness in your hearts go away,” said Mansiek to those in attendance.
Father Manisek said that now is a time to celebrate Trooper Smith’s life. “Thank God for giving him to us, and knowing that through Jesus Christ he and all of us have been given eternal life.”
Governor Pete Ricketts spoke and emphasized Trooper Smith’s life dedicated to service. “It was a life of service. Whether it was in the military serving the U.S. Army and protecting us over seas, or serving in the Nebraska State Patrol, and protecting his neighbors,” said Ricketts. “Where do we get men like Trooper Jerry Smith? We need more men like that, not fewer,” he added.
State Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc saluted Trooper Smith saying “on a beautiful sunny morning, we lost a humble man, a great servant, and a true treasure to the State of Nebraska.”
Trooper Smith’s daughter, Michelle, said she and her family are grateful. “We are extremely grateful for how the way he is being honored today, as well as the support we have received,” said Michelle.
After the service, a procession of law officers from around the nation lined the way from the community college gymnasium to the cemetery.