In Memory Of
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Alfred Edwin “Smitty” Huerter
11/07/1927 - 07/08/2022
Alfred Edwin “Smitty” Huerter, 94, of Goff, KS died on Friday morning, July 8, 2022, at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca.
Smitty was born on November 7, 1927, to Emil and Valeria Johnstone Huerter. He grew up in the Goff community and attended Maple Shade Country School, Kelly Grade School and graduated from Goff High School in 1947.
Smitty helped his father on farm until he entered the US Air Force on December 11, 1947. He was assigned to the 5700th Air Base Squadron at Albrook Air Force Base in the Canal Zone in Panama. Smitty had 2 years, 9 months, and 30 days overseas during his 6 years military service. Smitty was discharged for the second time on December 10, 1953, at the rank of T/Sgt (T).
He married Iris H Bantel on February 14, 1953, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.
Smitty returned to the Goff community and returned to farming, later he was asked to be a substitute mail carrier, a position he held for 19 years prior to taking the position full-time for three years. He retired from the USPS on September 3, 1990. He also served as a township patrolman for six years, spending the remainder of his time farming, which was his passion.
He was a member of St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Kelly, the Seneca Memorial Post #7458 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Goff American Legion Post #0316.
Smitty enjoyed fishing, hunting, collecting John Deere tractors and watching anything western.
Smitty was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Iris on February 23, 2014; he was also preceded in death by two sons, Randall D. Huerter on October 29, 2009 and Michael G. Huerter on September 2, 1986; three grandchildren, James G. Huerter on November 2, 1998, Michelle B. Huerter on May 11, 1981 and Stephanie A. Huerter on March 2, 1996; his brothers, William on November 18, 2017 and James on July 28, 2021.
Smitty is survived by two sons, Rick (Linda) Huerter of Seneca and Mark (Hannah) Huerter of Corning; his brothers, Robert Huerter of Chanute, KS and Daniel Huerter of Bellevue, NE; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be prayed at 7 PM on Monday, July 11, 2022, at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at St. Bede’s Church in Kelly. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials are for NVCH Building Fund, sent in care of the family.
He was one of a kind
I love the family pictures
Sorry for loss .They use to say . He was a good O boy.
Rick and other family members. Sorry for your loss. I knew your dad thru my dad, Lyle Weyer as a customer and back to The 00 Jalopy days as a co owner with my dad and Shorty Burkholder. They won everything with Shorty driving. I wanted to include a picture of Smitty sitting on the fender of the #00 jalopy but couldn’t figure out how.
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
To all of Smitty’s family, I am so sorry for your loss, I know you will all miss Smitty, he was definitely one of the good guys. May he Rest In Peace.
Rick, Linda and Family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Rick, Mark and Families,
Your dad was such a good person and so enjoyable to be around. I remember so many good times at your house when we were growing up. I know you will miss your dad. Hold on to your memories. If we hear some racing going on here in the near future we will know Smitty has arrived to mechanic the race car, Shorty is there to race the car and my dad is there cheering them on to win (so long ago but so many memories).
Take care and I will keep you all in my prayers.
Connie and Jim Holthaus
So very sorry for your loss!! What a kind, personable man with a great personality! He will be missed! What a good long life he had! Many condolences and prayers to all the family!!
Rick, Mark, and other family members, our condolences. Uncle Smitty lived a long and productive life. He was the cool uncle. He had a sense of humor, told great stories, and even had a tattoo. Smitty and all his brothers were what Tom Brokaw called America’s greatest generation. Thoughts and prayers are being sent to his entire family.
Smitty was such a kind person and enjoyable to be around. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
We were so saddened to hear the news of the passing of your father. When Don talked of past times and hijinks, Smitty’s name was often involved. One of Ardis’s best friend’s was Iris and the whole “coffee club”. After Ardis died Iris started sending me Christmas cards and letters. Your dad continued the correspondence. We enjoyed hearing about the happenings around Goff. In recent years he was sounding tired yet grateful to still be in his home with family nearby. IT IS a passing of the “greatest generation” that we are privileged to know but one we cannot reproduce. May you forevermore Rest In Peace, Smitty….