Jerry Lee Smittkamp, 69, of Thornton, CO passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, after courageously fighting a battle with cancer. Jerry was born August 17, 1953, son to Allen and Reta Smittkamp in Paris, Illinois. He graduated Paris High School and attended the University of Illinois. He moved to Colorado in 1973.
Jerry was a very successful salesperson for over 45 years selling truck and van bodies for various companies. Jerry was straight forward in his approach working with his customers who later became his friends. He retired on January 31, 2022. Jerry served as the vice chair and on the board of directors for over thirty years at the Community Choice Credit Union.
Jerry cherished his family and friends. He loved biking, skiing, racing, and watching sports. Jerry was proud to start up the smoker and grill to prepare excellent meals for his grandchildren, family, and friends. He loved going to the Indy 500 race and Belleville, KS dirt track to watch sprint car racing. He cheered the Cubs team baseball team except when they played the Colorado Rockies.
Jerry is survived by his wife Lynda, son Christopher Aho, daughter-in-law Krista, siblings Robert Smittkamp, Betty Lee, James (Beth) Smittkamp, 5 grandchildren, in-laws, aunts, uncle, along with many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
As a caring pet owner, he leaves behind Sheba the cat and Ellie Lee the dog.
A Celebration of Life service for Jerry will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2022, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at Horan & McConaty Mortuary, 9998 Grant Street, Thornton, CO 80229.
Those unable to attend the Celebration of Life in person will be able to live stream the service by visiting the following link:
Immediately following the service, a reception will be held at the American Legion Post 22, 11081 Irma Drive, Northglenn, CO 80233.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in memory of Jerry Smittkamp to support research in the Cancer Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
There will be a Memorial Service in Paris, Illinois preceding burial at Edgar Cemetery at a later date.
Cancer Center General Research Fund