Gerald "Jerry" Lee Smith

Born: Sun., Nov. 2, 1952
Died: Sun., Mar. 19, 2017

Gathering of Family & Friends

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 24, 2017
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory

Memorial Service

12:00 PM Fri., Mar. 24, 2017
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory


1:00 PM Fri., Mar. 24, 2017

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Gerald “Jerry” L. Smith

“Going Out to Lunch” -

Gerald “Jerry” L. Smith, age 64, of Camp Hill, died peacefully at home and surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  Jerry was born on Sunday, November 2, 1952, in Gettysburg, PA to the late Wilbur Smith and Dorothy (Ramsberg) Steever.  In addition to his parents, Jerry is preceded in death by his two sisters: Doris and Debbie.

Jerry’s survivors include his loving wife of almost 33 years, Deborah “Deb” J. (Brown) Smith; his two children: Matthew Smith and his wife Rachel, of Baltimore; Laura Smith Lanza and her husband, Christopher, and their daughter, Avery Marie, of New Cumberland; his brother, Glenn Smith; and his beloved German Shepherd, Bella.

Jerry retired from Caffrey Auto Supply in Mechanicsburg when they were recently purchased in February 2017, after over 37 years of service working as the general manager, which he did until the company’s last day.  Jerry was a Gettysburg and Civil War buff.  His family fondly remembers Jerry’s need for every clock to be in perfect sync and for being a picky eater.  He loved to eat lunch, especially at Nick’s 114 Café in New Cumberland, where he enjoyed lobster bisque, crab cakes, and mashed potatoes with chicken gravy.  Jerry enjoyed walking outside with his wife in Gettysburg every Saturday.  He loved trains and was an engineer in his youth.  Jerry was also a collector of Hess trucks.  He took great pride in his 2002 Jeep that he kept in pristine condition and only drove in ideal weather.   Jerry liked to travel to Myrtle Beach, Savannah, and Fredericksburg. 

All are welcome to join Jerry’s family at his gathering of family and friends on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 12:00 p.m. at Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Reverend Dr. Jack Grove officiating.  Cremation was private.

Contributions in celebration of Jerry’s life can be made to the United Methodist Home for Children, Inc., 5120 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050,

Jerry’s family has entrusted his care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Jerry’s full obituary, view his memorial video, and sign his official guest book at

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Laura Lanza
   Posted Tue March 21, 2017

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by Laura Lanza.

Rick Condran
   Posted Wed March 22, 2017
I'm so sorry to here of your loss, even though Jerry is gone, he still lives in your heart and in the children that you had together. Cherish and treasure those memories for they will give you strength to carry on. My deepest sympathies for your loss. I know you will make it through, everyone says that time will heal and it really does. My Prayers are with you!
God Bless you!
Rick Condran PBPP

Bill Jones
   Posted Wed March 22, 2017
I'm a good friend of the Heeter family. I'm very sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort in this time.

With love,
Bill Jones

Jim Coyle
   Posted Thu May 11, 2017
With deepest sympathies to Jerry's wife and family! I knew him for many years and worked for him as well! Jerry was a great guy!

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