Paul “Pa” Merlin Smith

Jan 27, 2019
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6:30 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home


­­4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home




Paul “Pa” Merlin Smith, 82, of Hudson, died on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at his home.

Paul was born April 7, 1936, in Albany, IL, son of Guy J. Sr. and Vera Reedy Smith. He married Betty L. Cook on August 2, 1959 in Hudson.

He worked as an electrician and was the owner and operator of Paul's Electric.  He formerly worked for Land O' Lakes from 1983-1995.

Paul was a member of IBEW Local 288. He was a member of the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and served as a Boy Scout Leader for several years. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, playing cards and hanging out with the guys at Dan's building.

Paul is survived by his wife, Betty of Hudson; five children: Jim (Nancy) Smith of Waterloo, Lisa Smith of Parkersburg, Vince (Mindy) Smith of Glidden, Melinda (George Gerlach) Smith of Hudson, and Travis (Julia) Smith of Waterloo; 10 grandchildren: Carrie (Josh) Rzepka, Missy (Dave) Smith, Patti Randall, Alyssa Draeger, Ashley Draeger, Corey (Amber) Smith, Cassidy (Alec Daniel) Smith, Caden Smith, Kyler Smith, and Koleson Smith; four great-grandchildren: Matthew, Stephanie, Josie, and Tricia; one great-great-grandson, Dylan; four sisters: Barbara Hoveland of Pasco, WA, Karen Flynn of Fairfield, MT, Roberta Anderson of Iowa City, and Sue (Mark) Orfield of Osceola; two brothers, Guy (Ruth) Smith Jr. of Iowa City, and Darrell (Elaine) Smith of Williamsburg; a brother-in-law, Rich Schmidt of Iowa City; many nieces and nephews; and special neighbors, the Kane, Bartlett, Witt and Firgard families.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Carolee Schmidt.

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  1. Rusty Braden | Feb 01, 2019
    Sorry for your loss. Rusty 
  2. David Nielsen | Feb 01, 2019

    Betty snd family.  Loved having Paul and you as my friends. I enjoyed the time when we worked together  at our DX  filling station in Waterloo. Was ho ored to be asked by Paul to be best man at your wedding.  Much sympathy and love to family. David and Earlene Nielsen 

  3. Kay Akers | Jan 31, 2019

    Sending love and prayers from California...Paul was a very kind man, that was there for my Aunt Lorna many, many times! 

    Rest in Peace dear friend, Kay Akers


  4. Tim Moser | Jan 30, 2019
    To the Smith family, Thank You for letting me know of Paul's passing. He was a great friend to me and our family.  The many years of friendship between our families will hopefully continue as long as time will allow... Paul My Friend R.I.P. and you are always in my memories...
  5. Mark and Jan Urbanek | Jan 29, 2019
    Smith very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing.  Prayers for you all.🙏 Mark and JanUrbanek
  6. eileen reedy | Jan 29, 2019
     how proud my father was to have him born on my father's birthsday
  7. Russ Sheila & jr | Jan 29, 2019
    my heart breaks for you all. Paul was a fabulous and hilarious uncle. We loved and will miss him  very much
  8. Bev Sievers | Jan 29, 2019
    so sorry to hear this.  He will be greatly missed by all of us.  He was a fantastic brother in law..  

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