Larry G. Smith
Date of Birth
October 31, 1937
Ashland, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
October 24, 2020
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Friday, October 30, 2020 ~ 2:00 p.m.
Cedar Hill United Methodist Church ~ Greenwood, Nebraska
Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery ~ Greenwood, Nebraska

*Weather permitting, the funeral will be held outside of the church.


Thursday, October 29, 2020 ~ 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska


Cedar Hill United Methodist Church, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Shriners Children’s Hospital or St. Jude Children’s Hospital

*The funeral will be live streamed on the Marcy Mortuary Facebook page.

Larry G. Smith, 82 of Ashland, NE was born October 31, 1937 to Donald and Hazel Smith and passed away Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Oxbow Living Center in Ashland.  He attended Dist. #69 country school, and graduated from Ashland High School in 1954.  Larry was a lifelong farmer and purebred cattle breeder in the Ashland area.

Larry was a lifelong member of Cedar Hill United Methodist Church serving through the years as Board Chairman, Lay Leader, treasurer and finance chairman.  He was a past Ashland School Board member, longtime member and Past President of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association, Past President of the Platte Valley Shrine Club, 60+ year member and Past Master of the Masonic Lodge and Past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Larry was a long-time member of the Saunders County Livestock Association, Charter Member of the Ashland Saddle Club and former Ashland Stir-up King. He loved farming the land and raising his horses and pure-bred Angus cattle.  Larry was a lifelong advocate for farming, many times testifying before the state legislature and even rallying in Washington, DC with the American Agriculture Movement in the late 1970’s.

He is survived by his children, Doug (Crystal) Smith of Omaha, Brian (Kristi) Smith of Ashland, Lorinda Bussen of Ashland; grandchildren, Kieran, Devlin, Gavin, Evelyn, Darby & Montgomery Smith, Logan (Shannon) Luetkenhaus, Kate (Michael) Becker, Amy (Mike) Schwab, Caroline Smith, Kade, Jack & Rachel Bussen; great-grandchildren, Brooke Luetkenhaus, Gina, Brayden & Nyah Becker, Beckett Schwab; brother, Duane (Jackie) Smith of Nebraska City, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Hazel Smith and mother-in-law Mabel Stewart.

Condolences for Larry G. Smith
  1. • October 26, 2020 - 2 years ago

    Doug,Brian,Lorinda and families,
    May your memories be held close in heart.
    Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.May he be lifted Larry and you all be lifted in prayer.
    Peace and Prayers,
    Gary and Leslie Krings

  2. • October 26, 2020 - 2 years ago

    Larry was a member of our Ashland class of 1954 and participated in our reunions. He was the youngest member of our class. He will be missed. I extend my sympathy to the family.
    Warm regards, Suzy Campbell

  3. Rich Perkins
    • October 26, 2020 - 2 years ago

    So sorry for your loss. Larry was a very nice man that let me hunt on his land for years and for that will always be in my heart! One last time: Thanks Larry

  4. Shari Nygren
    • October 26, 2020 - 2 years ago

    Sorry to hear this! Prayers to all!

  5. Herb and Nancy Riecken
    • October 28, 2020 - 2 years ago

    We are sorry to hear of Larry,s passing. Herb has Lewybody dementia so know what you went through. When I told him about Larry ,he did remember him. They were classmates. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Gene & Mary Roncka
    • October 29, 2020 - 2 years ago

    Prayers and thoughts to Doug, Brian, Lorinda and families. Such a loss for all of you. Blessings.

  7. Bob and Carol Medunat
    • October 29, 2020 - 2 years ago

    I would like to express my sympathy to Larry’s family. I had the pleasure of serving on the Saunders County Livestock Board with Larry for a number of years. He was a great asset and friend. He served in many capacities for the Nebraska Livestock Association. He will be missed.

  8. Jerry Hodgin
    • October 30, 2020 - 2 years ago

    I was sorry to hear of Larry’s death. He was
    a great person. I sympathize with his family
    and friends.

  9. • October 30, 2020 - 2 years ago

    Many years ago I attended some meeting at the Cedar Hill parsonage and Larry was there too. During the evening the topic came up of how tired I was of my kids sitting on my lap or wanting to be carried everywhere. Your Dad unexpectedly looked at me and said ‘Treasure these moments, because your kids will grow up and not want to do those things and you will dearly miss it’. You don’t remember every conversation you have in life, but some you remember forever and they change your life. That was one of mine. I hope you will always remember your Dad as someone who held you and loved you. Our condolences to you and yours.

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