Former Cozad Resident: Maynard Smidt (1938-2016)

  Maynard K. Smidt, 77 of North Platte, passed away in his home on October 22nd, 2016.  
  Maynard was born in Cozad, Nebraska on December 5th, 1938 to Ernest and Opal Smidt. He graduated from Cozad high school in 1956 and enlisted in the army. Upon discharge from the army he was recruited by the University of Nebraska where he played fullback from 1960-1964, his career with the Huskers culminating in the 1964 Orange Bowl championship. He graduated from UNL with a degree in business administration in 1964 and married his one true love Sharon Ross on April 14th, 1964. 
  Maynard and Sharon moved to North Platte in 1975 where Maynard and his brother Dean opened the Smidt Insurance Agency. Those who knew Maynard best will always remember him for his love of fishing and time spent surrounded by friends and family. 
  Maynard leaves to cherish his memory his children Kim Ridder of Lincoln, Kristi Smidt Murphy of Omaha and Jeff Smidt of Denver; brother, Dean Smidt of Cozad, four grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Online condolences may be shared at Memorials are suggested to Game and Parks, Fishing in Nebraska Schools (FINS). 
  Cremation was chosen. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte, which is in charge of arrangements.  

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