Obituaries

Edward A. Smerke

May 13, 1949 - August 3, 2018

Edward A. Smerke

Obituary

Cherry Valley, IL

Edward A. Smerke, 69, of Cherry Valley, IL passed away peacefully, Friday morning, August 3, 2018 in his home after a lingering illness.  Ed was born May 13, 1949 in Livingston, Montana the son of Edward A. and Christine A. (Reukauf) Smerke.  He attended Montana State University and graduated from Rock Valley College.  Married Phyllis L. Null on July 16, 1970 celebrating 48 years of marriage.  Ed worked for National Lock, Atwood Industries and retired from Forest City Technology.  He made his spiritual home at Christ United Methodist Church where he served on Staff-Parrish, Leadership team and was a Stephen’s Minister.  Ed lived out his faith by taking leadership and deep involvement in Northern Illinois Emmaus.  At other times in his life you might find Ed playing a round of Golf, cruising with Phyllis on his Gold Wing Motorcycle, trekking to Mexico or working his Ham Radio.  A devote Cubs fan, he was elated to watch them win the World Series.

Ed is loved and will be missed by his wife, Phyllis; daughters, Kim (Mike) Kuba of DeKalb, IL, Karen (Mike) Cota of El Monte, CA; grandchildren, Michael Edward Kuba and Kylie Elizabeth Kuba; sister, Hazel Lynn Baggett of Albuquerque, NM; cousins, nieces and nephews; as well as his father in-law, Roy Headrick.  Ed is preceded in death by his parents, mother in-law Lucille Headrick; father in-law, Earl Null; aunts and uncles.

A time of gathering will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Christ United Methodist Church 4509 Highcrest Rd. Rockford.  Memorial Service for Ed will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the church with Rev. Jane Easley officiating. There will be a luncheon immediately following the service at church.  Private committal service will take place at a later date at Belvidere Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest Road, Rockford, IL 61107 or Northern Illinois Emmaus, PO Box 24, Crystal Lake, IL 60012-0039.  Arrangements by Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL 61008.  To share a memory please visit www.AndersonFCS.com

Service Schedule

Sunday, August 26, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Christ United Methodist Church

4509 Highcrest Road
Rockford, IL 61107

A time of gathering will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Christ United Methodist Church 4509 Highcrest Rd. Rockford, IL.

Sunday, August 26, 2018
2:30 pm

Christ United Methodist Church

4509 Highcrest Road
Rockford, IL 61107

Memorial Service for Ed will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the church with Rev. Jane Easley officiating.

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Sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. A few years ago, I met you at a FCT Christmas party. He was a friend and special to me in that we probably talked every other week. My prayers are with the family,

Doug Roof 2018-08-12T20:30:52

Phyllis my thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. God will walk with you..God is good. He will never leave you.

Tricia Bodey 2018-08-09T15:43:46

Phyllis my prayers are with you and your family as you walk this journey.

Kim Tennyson 2018-08-09T13:56:34

Dear Phyllis,

So sorry to hear about Ed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will truly be missed

Barb & Fred Mayne 2018-08-09T08:37:19

Dear Phyllis and family,
I am praying for you and your family. For the Lord to give you His peace that passes all understanding in Christ Jesus.
Phyllis, may you always remember the memories you’ve had with Ed as a treasured gift from the Lord. May you know without a doubt he is healed and whole in the presence of the Lord.
In my prayers
Violet Kotsomitis

Violet Kotsomitis 2018-08-07T16:47:37

I worked with Ed at Forest City over 10 years ago, he was a great human being and the best boos I have ever had. He deserved nothing but the best. My prayers for his family and the loss they have suffered.

Tina L Ree 2018-08-07T13:35:24

Ed wore a lot of hats at the Rockford facility and was proud of his Team and what they had accomplished there. He was always a gracious host whenever we came to visit and made us feel very welcomed. Ed and I had many conversations about our spiritual lives and our involvement in the Church, so I know he’s in a good place. May the Lord be with Ed’s family and bring them comfort in this time of loss.

Charley Evans 2018-08-07T12:59:58

May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and your family. Your husband was such a wonderful loving man. God bless you Phyllis. You have my deepest condolences and most heartfelt sympathy. Please let me know if there’s anything that I can do to help.
It is hard to cope with the feelings we have when we lose someone in death. May the expressions of love help you to cope during this time, but also may the hope found the Bible provide even greater comfort. The hope found at Revelation 21:3,4. is an assurance that we can look forward to when all things that cause pain and outcry will be done away with.

Jim Svestka 2018-08-07T12:12:34

Ed’s 2 favorite subjects were always you and the Gold Wing. In that order.

Martha Peacock 2018-08-06T21:45:56

Dear Phyllis,
May the peace of the Lord be with you and your family. Ed was a special brother in Christ that I meet at the Walk to Emmaus three day spiritual renewal weekend. His deep faith and love of the Lord was evident in his actions.

Arlene Dovichi 2018-08-06T21:33:54

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