Bernard L. Smith, Jr., 84, of Waverly, died Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly.
Bernard was born February 22, 1934, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the son of Bernard L. Sr. and Lucille (Hirsch) Smith. He graduated from Plainfield High School in 1951. On January 27, 1952, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Barkhausen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. In 1952, Bernard began what would be a lifelong journey in the implement business when he went to work for Deike Implement in Waverly. In 1979, he took on the International Harvestor dealership contract, and operated that business as Smith International until selling to Titan Machinery of Fargo North Dakota in 2005. Bernard continued to sell machinery through the Titan dealership until June 15, 2013, at which time he retired.
Bernard always loved selling, and one of his greatest joys was when he could make a sale to a young farmer and help him get started in farming. Selling combines was one of his greatest loves, during his peak, he would sell 50 new combines a year. He was recognized by International Harvestor as the largest corn and soybean combine dealer in North America from 1983 to 1999. Over his career spanning 61 years, Bernard has sold to 4 generations of farmers.
Bernard was currently serving on the Board of Director’s for Security State Bank, a post he has held for many years. He was also Past President of Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association. He was an avid collector of tractors-both toy and full size.
Bernard is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of Waverly, five children; Annette (Kirk) Weih of Mount Vernon, Iowa, Terry (David) Quigley of Shell Rock, Patricia Wayne of Janesville, Michael (Jody) Smith of Waverly, Peggy (Ross) Brase of Waverly, 18 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, one sister, Nancy Liebsch of Jesup, and one brother-in-law, Harold Barkhausen of Waverly. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Floyd Smith.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Waverly with Pastor Carolyn Bowers and Pastor Sandra Burroughs officiating. Private family burial will follow in Harlington Cemetery in Waverly. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly and for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Memorials may be directed to the family for a later designation. On-line condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is in charge of arrangements. 319-352-1187
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