John "Jack" Smith
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John "Jack" Smith, age 79, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Memorial services will be 3:00 PM on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jack's grandchildren: Christopher Frick, Adam Frick, Colton Wurtz, Riley Haberman, Jack Tramp, Max Tramp, and Erica Wurtz.

John "Jack" Smith was born February 3, 1938, in Beresford, South Dakota, to Charles and Elizabeth (Malloy) Smith. He grew up and attended school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and later attended Aviation school graduating at the top of his class. He moved to Yankton, South Dakota where he married Sharon Boom and together had four daughters. Jack worked various jobs in the Yankton and surrounding areas including working at Bob's Service in Yankton, the police department in Menno, Kolberg-Pioneer in Yankton, crop-dusting, flying photographers for aerial photos, and truck driving which he continued for several years. He married Tammy Sangster on January 2, 2002 in Olivet, South Dakota.

Jack had a wonderful sense of humor and the gift of gab. He loved telling stories and jokes and enjoyed hunting mushrooms and asparagus, reading and learning, as well as building and collecting things. He loved animals including his cats, dogs and pigeons. Jack was a wonderful man with a kind heart and would help anyone who needed it. He truly was a legend.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Smith of Yankton; four daughters: Kim Smith of Mission Hill, South Dakota; Brenda (Keith) Haberman of Fordyce, Nebraska; Jacki (Keith) Tramp of Yankton; and Traci (Gary) Wurtz of Yankton; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two sisters: Marjorie Tapken and Betty Ann West both of Sioux Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.




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Thinking of you all.. Your Dad was a Great Man.. I will cherish all the memories I have of him.. I'm sorry I can't make it up for his service.. Take Care..

Jennifer Highland - Janssen


Dear Kim,Brenda,Jacki&Traci Thinking of all of you at this difficult time with the loss of your Dad!! I saw him not too long ago at the nursing home. I didn't know he was that sick!!Your Dad was always nice to me!

Gloria Evenson


Tammy and family, so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Louise and Dan Mauch


Sorry for your loss , We all go through this sorrow sooner than we want..My father passed at the same age.

Spud aka Steve Hansen


To the Smith family: I am so sorry to hear about Jack. I can't imagine how you all must feel. I myself am sick to my stomach. I have known your family my whole life. I remember when Kim and I would go to Jack's before a night out. {In our 20's of course.} Sharon, Kim, Brenda, Jackie and Tracy I love you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers always. RIP Jack.

Lori Willman Mastaler


To the Smith family: I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I can only imagine how you must feel. I have known Jack and all of you my whole life. I feel so bad about it. I remember when Kim and I would go to visit Jas at his house. I love you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Jack.

Lori Willman Mastaler


To the Jack Smith Family..........I knew and worked with Jack when he lived in Rockford, IL. He lived here with his family for just a few years and we worked together as aircraft mechanics at a aircraft sales/service company for a few years back in the very early 1970's. He and family then moved back to Yankton. Even though I grew up in the Hartington, NE area and later moved to Rockford, I never knew Jack until he moved out here for those few years. I have nothing but fond memories of him as he truly was "one of a kind and a great friend" I did manage to catch up with him on occasion when we would come back to the NE/SD area to visit family but it has been many years since I seen him. I thought of him often over the years and i will remember him as I did back then. You have our family's deepest sympathy and prayers. May he rest in peace!

David and Emma Lou DeBlauw


Kim, Brenda, Jacki, and Traci My thoughts and prayers to you and your families.

Reggie Davenport


Dear Kim, Brenda, Jackie and Tracy,

I didn`t know Jack real well but the times I did see him, he was always friendly. I`m sorry for your loss and know I`m thinking of all of you at this time. God Bless all of you.

Jeff Willman


Tammy & family, I'm so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I will always remember what great neighbors you and Jack were to my folks, Harold & Evy. Lots of fun stories told in the summer house! Sending Love & Prayers.

Cherie (Teusink) Rufer


Kim, Brenda, Jackie and Tracy

Prayers and sympathy for you all at this difficult time. He will sadly be missed.

Pat and Gene Novak

Gilbert Arizona


Kim, sorry to hear about your dad. You know where we are if you ever need anything at all!

Tim & Jackie Hovden

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