Steven Edward Smith

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Steven Edward Smith was born on June 23, 1951, in Kearney, Neb., to Harlan and Rosetta (Steele) Smith. He attended grade school in Kearney and Imperial. He graduated from Chase County High School in 1969. He continued his education at Kearney State College, graduating in 1973 with a degree in business administration.
Steve married Peggy Anderson on Dec. 22, 1973, in Imperial, where they made their home for the remainder of their life together. Steve worked for H.E. Smith & Sons, which were his father and brothers, surveying many fields for irrigation in the early 70’s.
He also designed and operated a large hog operation that went by the name of A & S Hogs as well as operating Nutrena Feed Store.
His next business venture involved his love of sports. He was an avid baseball card collector so he opened up a sports card store where he got the youth of Imperial involved in the hobby of sports card collecting. Over the years he added video game machines and kids could come in and hang out.
He was a positive influence on the youth of Chase County. There was never a kid that he wouldn’t give a chance to. Steve always had a smile on his face and advice to give.
In 1993 he opened Steve’s Video & Entertainment where he continued until he retired in 2016 due to Parkinson’s Disease.
Steve started coaching youth baseball when his son, Jarod, was old enough to play. He continued for many years. He loved to hunt and fish with his kids and grandkids.
Steve passed away Friday evening, May 5, 2017 at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home.  He was 65 years of age.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Ted and Esther Smith and Sarah and Edward Steele; step-grandma Pauline Molzahn; father Harlan Smith; step-father Bob Molzahn; sister-in-law Sandy Smith; and nephews Wade Smith and Adam Spady.
Survivors include wife Peggy; children Jarod (Lisa) Smith of Lincoln, Jamie (Chris) Jussel of Imperial and Holly (Jeff) Lempke of Imperial; grandchildren Paige and Chase Smith of Lincoln, Kristen and Logan Jussel, Tysen, Camron and Shaylen Lempke all of Imperial; mother Rosie Molzahn; step-mother Joy Smith; father and mother-in-law Charles and Marilyn Anderson; brothers and sister Mike (Ann) Smith of Imperial, Teri (Lennie) Spady of Imperial and Dick (Susie) Smith of Omaha; sister-in-law Betty (Ed) Lee of Imperial; brother-in-law Ron Anderson of Imperial; step-brother Mike (Diana) Molzahn of Trenton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 9 at the funeral home in Imperial. Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Imperial on Wednesday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Dirk Weiss and Mr. Kent Swink officiating.
Internment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ron Smith, Mike Molzahn, Troy Spady, Nick Spady, Zeb Smith and Bret Smith.
A memorial has been established to the Imperial Area Youth Baseball Program.
Online condolences may be left at
Liewer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.


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