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January 15, 1934 - May 11, 2012

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DeVerle D. Smidt, 78, of West Point, died Friday, May 11, 2012 at West Point Living Center. Memorial Service with Miliary Honors will be 10:30 am Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church with Reverend Christian Meier officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 9 am to 8 pm Monday with family receiving friends from 5 pm to 7 pm at Stokely Funeral Home in West Point which is in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund has been established. DeVerle Don Smidt was born January 15, 1934 to Jesse and Olga (Dostal) Smidt in Wisner, NE. He moved to West Point as a child and attended West Point Schools. DeVerle served in the U. S. Army from February 11, 1954 to January 11, 1956, stationed in England. He married Diana Schreck in 1957 and was later divorced. On October 10, 1970, DeVerle married Claire Schreck at Grace Lutheran Church in West Point. He worked for the city of West Point before purchasing the Texaco Station in 1975, retiring in 1995. DeVerle was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, American Legion and served on the city council for many years. He enjoyed his family fishing trips and hunting with his sons and grandsons, and was a dedicated family man who loved sports, especially Nebraska football. Survivors include wife Claire of West Point; daughters Victoria “Vicky” (Terry) Recker of West Point, Patricia (Bruce) Ferguson of North Bend, NE and Angela (Mohamed) Osman of West Point; sons Steven (Elizabeth) of West Point and Thomas (Maria) of Pascoe, WA; half brother Richard Seelmeyer of Washington D. C.; 18 grandchildren Cory, Stacy “Tator”, Jeanette, Kathryn, Bradley “Punk r dunk”, Matthew, Caleb, Elise, Alicia, Aryn, Justine “Beaner”, Jesse, Jasmine, Aaliyah, Stefania, Valentina, Amanda, and Abigail “My Beloved Pumpkin Head”; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by twin brother, DeVerne; sister Georgene Remm; and granddaughter Chelsie.