Vernie Smith II

IRON MOUNTAIN – Vernie J. Smith II, 79, of Iron Mountain, passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Amasa, son of the late Vernie and Ethel (Palmer) Smith. Vernie resided in Iron River for many years before moving to Iron Mountain in 1974.

He married Belinda Peterson on Aug. 15, 1980, in Iron Mountain.

Vernie worked for the Chicago and Northwestern, and Union Pacific Railroad for 30 years, retiring in 1996. He will be remembered by many for his motor route delivering newspapers for The Daily News for 11 years, retiring in September 2012. Vernie worked as a maintenance man for 4-H Camp Molinare for many years.

He enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, hunting and collecting various items. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Vernie always offered a helping hand to anyone in need.

Vernie is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Belinda; one son, Vernie (Kim) Smith III of Iron Mountain; one daughter, Jolin Honkala; two sons, Michael and Marty Peterson; one brother, Stanley (Shirley) Shoemaker of Chicago; six grandchildren, Tim Smith of Oconto, Wis., Connie Honkala of Iron Mountain, Jereme Smith of Iron Mountain, Paige Smith of Rhinelander, Wis., Britny (Andy Cabrera), and Jordan (Megan) Peterson of Iron Mountain; three great-grandchildren, Sloan Cabrera of Iron Mountain, Logan Smith of Rhinelander, and Ava Peterson; he was a grandfather figure to Olivia and Emma Brasure of Niagara, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Vernie was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Rae Marie; four brothers, Ted, John, Louie and Otis Smith; and two sisters, Pelto Wallo and Obilia Hansen.

Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Vernie, or leave a condolence for his family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Vernie’s legacy of life.