Dexter Smith

Dexter A Smith

Thursday, August 11th, 1955 - Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
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Dexter A. Smith
It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you that Dexter A. Smith, age 63 of Sidney, NE passed away at his home, on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, February 13th in the First United Methodist Church in Sidney with Pastor Corey Jenkins presiding; a luncheon will follow. Cremation will take place after the services with inurnment in the Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Tuesday, February 12th from 1-7:00 P.M. with family present from 4-6:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dexter’s name to the Sidney Shooting Park or the Sidney Sharpshooters 4H. Both contributions may be made in care of Jeff Ellwanger, 1516 Jackson Street, Sidney, NE 69162. You may view Dexter’s Book of Memories and leave condolences, photos and stories at
A lifelong resident of Sidney, Dexter graduated from Sidney Public Schools in 1973. Through the years Dexter worked on the construction of I-80 Interstate, for the Nebraska Natural Resource District, as a State Patrol Dispatcher, as a Cheyenne County Corrections Officer and Dispatcher, and the Director of Cheyenne County E911 Center. For the last 30 years, Dexter has served as a rural mail carrier – first as a relief and then fulltime. He enjoyed interacting with his customers, both human and furry, right up until the time of his passing.
Dexter was a founder and lifetime member of the Sidney Shooting Park. He was a shotgun instructor for Sidney Sharpshooters 4H, a lifetime member of the NRA, and a Hunter Safety instructor for over 40 years. Dexter enjoyed riding his motorcycles and was a proud member of the Patriot Guard Riders. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending that time with friends and family.
We will miss Dexter’s smile, good humor, quick wit, love for the outdoors, friendship, and passion for teaching the next generation about shooting sports.
Dexter is survived by his wife, DewAnn of Sidney, NE; his daughter Mandie Smith of Elkart, IN; son-in-law Russell Barker of Sidney, NE; and his step-children Chris Jurgens of Old Monroe, MO; Ryan Jurgens and wife Tiffany of Bailey, CO; Angie Leeper and husband Russell of Fremont, NE; Melonie Bendza and husband Mark of Vienna, VA; Kristin Hotopp and husband Ruark of Lincoln, NE; Lindsey Chavez and husband Allen of Kimball, NE; and Jeff Armstrong and wife Karlyn of Arvada, CO. He will also be fondly remembered by his parents-in-law Bill and Bea Dinkel of Hay Springs, NE along with his aunts, uncles, nephews, 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, extended family, and dear friends. Dexter was predeceased by his father Wendell, mother Ethel, and sister Deanna Kahl, and son-in-law Martin Kahl.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Dexter’s care and funeral arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Gehrig-Stitt Chapel
    1140 10th Avenue
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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    Family will be present from 4:00 - 6:00 P.M.
  • Service

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 10:30am
    First United Methodist Church
    2622 11th Ave.
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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    Pastor Corey Jenkins
  • Interment

    Greenwood Cemetery
    530 Greenwood Rd.
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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    At a later date


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William Kent Matsutani

Posted at 01:17pm
Dew Ann,
We are so sorry to hear of Dexter's passing. He was a great guy with a great smile. He never knew a stranger and everyone was a friend. He will be missed.
Kent and Mary Matsutani

Ron Anderson

Posted at 01:08pm
DewAnn so sorry to hear of the passing of Dexter. The people of Cheyenne County owe Dexter a gratitude of thanks for his service to them. I was very blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Dexter and was so very blessed he agreed to work in the Comm Center. The residents of Cheyenne County, the police and sheriff's office, and all first responders were in great hands with Dexter at the radio. Peace to you and the Smith family.
Ron Anderson

Tim & Deb Funkhouser

Posted at 10:13am
DewAnn, we are so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine what it's like to lose your best friend/husband. You made Dexter happy. Remember the good times you shared.
Tim and I remember the two of you riding your motorcycles out to Washington state to stay with us for my parents wedding anniversary. We really enjoyed having you stay with us. Dexter will be fondly remembered by family and friends.

Rodney and Brenda Ahlm

Posted at 07:00pm
We are so sorry and saddened to hear in the loss of your Best Friend and husband DewAnn. We are sending our Sympathy, Prayers, Comfort, Love and Hugs to you during this very difficult time.. Rod worked alot of years at the Post Office with Dexter and became good friends and a co-worker. May Dexter Rest in Peace and he will be missed by a lot of us.

Bill Luben

Posted at 06:59pm
Joel, my son, took this rainbow picture at the June, 2017, Quigley Long Range Rifle Match in Forsyth, Montana, where both Dexter and DewAnn did such an outstanding job of shooting, and winning against over six hundred competitors. The match in 2018 was basically rained out, and perhaps this rainbow in 2017 is for the memory of what a great person Dexter was. He was a lifelong friend, and I will greatly miss our times together, and the joking and camaraderie between us. DewAnn; Kay, Joel, Anne, and I will always keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. From Bill, Kay, Joel, and Anne Luben.

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Photo Album

Hole in the Foot Gang, Shoot for Charity, Sterling, Colorado, 1993. First place winners, four year in a row. Back row, right to left, Dexter, Keith Stone. Front row, right to left, Matt Bartels, Bill Luben, Don Paxton.
Dexter serving as a Range Officer at the June, 2015, Quigley Long Range Rifle Match at Forsyth, MontanaForsyth, Montana, June, 2009. Right to left, Dexter, Bill Luben, Bruce Lessig.
Dexter and DewAnn have great success at the June, 2017, Quigley Long Range Rifle Match at Forsyth, Montana.
Dexter serving as a Range Officer at the June, 2015, Quigley Long Range Rifle Match at Forsyth, Montana.
Dexter at the June, 2014, Quigley Long Range Rife Match, Forsyth, Montana: Far right to left: Dexter, Dave Orten, Bruce Lessig.
Dexter on the shooting line manning the spotting scope at the June Dexter on the shooting line manning the spotting scope at the June 2009 Quigley Long Range Rifle Match, Forsyth, Montana.
Group award picture, the “Smith Shooting Team, Quigley Rifle Match, June, 2017. Front row, right to left: Dexter, DewAnn, Bob Havens. Back row, right to left: Joel Luben, Bill Luben, Dave Orten, and Spencer.
Smith Shooting Team “T” Shirts, Quigley Rifle Match, June, 2017.
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