While serving in the National Guard, Jesse attended the Basic Ordinance Officer Course, the Advanced Infantry Officer Course and the Nuclear Weapons Employment Course. After retiring from the Oklahoma National Guard, Col. Smith was employed by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation where he served as treasurer. He retired after 27 years. He then joined the Kiwanis Club of Norman and willingly served on several of their community projects. Col. Smith was an avid believer in the concept of the citizen soldier and he was a life member of the 45th Division Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the 45th Infantry Division Museum, a member of several patriot organizations such as the American Legion, the Military Order of the World Wars, the VFW and many others.
The family requests memorials be made to the 45th Infantry Division Association Education Fund, that supports the 45th Infantry Division Museum, 2145 NE 36th St., OKC, OK 73111.
Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday, with the family greeting friends from 2 to 5 p.m. at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St., Norman.
Interment will follow in the IOOF Cemetery of Norman. Pallbearers will include Max Uhlenhake, Chris Uhlenhake, Jon Uhlenhake, Rusty Sullivan, Jason Kirby, Jesse James Smith, Chance Grubb, and Robb McDonald. Arrangements for Col. Smith and his family have been placed in the care of the Vice Family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com.