Douglas "Muggins" R. Smith
June 15, 1957 - April 24, 2018


Douglas "Muggins" R. Smith
Jun 15, 1957 - Apr 24, 2018


Douglas R."Muggins" Smith, 60, of Martinsburg, NE passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ponca, NE with Father Andrew L. Sohm officiating. Burial will be in Calvary at South Creek Cemetery in rural Ponca. Visitation with the family present will begin at 5:00 P.M., with a prayer service at 7:30 P.M. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the church. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mohr Funeral Home in Ponca.

Doug was born on June 15, 1957 in Wayne, NE, the son of Desmond and Martha (Koch) Smith. He grew up on a farm in rural Allen and graduated from Allen High School in 1975. Doug married Susan Dohma on April 18, 1980 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ponca. They settled in Martinsburg and were blessed with 3 children.

Doug worked for the Dixon County Noxious Weed office for 34 years. He also operated a family cow-calf operation for many years.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ponca and the Knights of Columbus. On the regional and national level, Doug served in various capacities for the Nebraska and North American Weed Control Association, serving as president of the Nebraska Chapter twice. Doug volunteered for Nebraska Game and Parks, teaching Hunter Safety for over 30 years. He also served as a board member and shotgun safety instructor of the Outdoor Expo, served on the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Dept., was a water system operator for over 20 years and served as Chairman of the Village Board. He also played softball for "The Burg" for many years.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, hunting and fishing with his children, watching Husker football and the Minnesota Twins, and especially spending time on the farm.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Smith of Martinsburg, NE; children, Katie (Tyler) Uthof of Ponca, NE, Brent Smith of Omaha, NE and Blake Smith of Vermillion, SD; grandsons, Alex and Jase Uthof; brothers, Desmond Smith, Jr. of Scribner, NE, Terry (Gayle) Smith of Colchester, VT, Dean (Marlene) Smith of Allen, NE, Bob Smith of Beatrice, NE, Lin (Mary Lou) Smith of Ponca, NE, Randy (Tonia) Smith of Delta Junction, AK, and Dennis (Theresa) Smith of Yankton, SD; sisters, Chris (Bill) Micek of Columbus, NE, June (Bob) Grosvenor of Newcastle, NE, Shellee (Jeff) Heinemeyer of Yankton, SD; sister-in-law, Mickey Smith of Sioux City, IA; mother-in-law, Audrey Dohma of Ponca, NE; brothers-in-law, Richard (Joni) Dohma and Kevin Dohma (Julie Sydow) all of Ponca, NE; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Desmond and Martha Smith; brothers, Richard and Alan Smith; sister, Marsha Smith; father-in-law, Donald Dohma; and sister-in-law, Kim Dohma.

The family would like to give special thanks to the ICU nurses at Sanford USD Medical Center and Ava's House (Hospice Care).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for designations to be made at a later time.


Mary Wordekemper on May 7, 2018

Susan & family: My deepest sympathy's to you in the loss of your best friend/husband. I went to school with Muggins in Allen back when we where in the 8th grade. My brother Harvey (Nelson) keeps me in the know with the friends that we grew up with in Allen & Doug was one of them. He was always friendly & would stop to talk if he saw me. Keep all those memories close in your heart for quick retrieval when needed. God's Blessing to you!! Jim & Mary (Nelson) Wordekemper

Mike Davison on Apr 30, 2018

So sorry to hear of Doug's passing I thought the world of him he was for real and so sorry what a great guy Johnson County Tecumseh Ne Mike Davison

Mamie Bryan on Apr 28, 2018

Susan, Brent and Family, The Lord knows your heart is aching. May He continue to hold you close to His heart and comfort you tenderly. The Bryan family expresses our sincerest prayers and thoughts to you all in this hour of grief.

Gary & Sharyn Klatt on Apr 28, 2018

To the whole family of Doug, Our sincere sympathy on the great loss of one you love so dear! May God's perfect love and amazing grace give you the comfort you need during this time. We did so enjoy getting to know him while living at the Burg with many other wonderful memories there.

Barb Whatley on Apr 27, 2018

Susan and family.... can't even begin to express how sorry to hear of Doug's passing. He was and always will be a favorite brother-in-law of mine.

Callie Anderson on Apr 27, 2018

Muggins was truly one of a kind and always willing to lend a helping hand. I will miss his smile and getting to visit with him about his family and job. His orneriness always brought a smile to my face. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

David Boschult on Apr 26, 2018

David Boschult- Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture

Doug was a very strong force in controlling noxious weed not only in Dixon co. but in the state of Nebraska and in the North America region. His sense of humor and common sense leadership will be missed. He leaves us too soon.

Ron Moehring on Apr 26, 2018

Doug was a great person and well respected by everyone he work with. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family and other friends.

Jim Mitchell on Apr 26, 2018

To the Smith family,so sorry for the lose of Doug.Remember watching him grow up and coaching him in peewee baseball.Your family has loved so much over the last few years.Prayers for you all.

Stevan Knezevic - UNL Weeds Specialist on Apr 26, 2018

Doug will be missed. He was a great colleague and friend. We fought weeds together: Numerous visits on the Missouri river on Doug’s boat; checking local pastures for noxious weeds; testing herbicides; releasing beetles for purple loosestrife and leafy spurge control. Doug helped me learn the river and all the short cuts and back roads of north east Nebraska. Great memories to be treasured. My deepest sympathy and prayers to his family.

Mark J Rubeck on Apr 26, 2018

My condolences go out to all of the Smith family, Muggins will be sorely missed God Bless you all.

Mark Borchers, Platte Co. Weed Supt. on Apr 26, 2018

To the Smith Family...My deepest sympathy on the loss of Doug. He was always there to call when I needed advice. he had a wealth of knowledge,experience and kindness that will be greatly missed.

Jarod Schultz on Apr 25, 2018

Doug you will be missed, I have so many great memories because of you; teaching me how to drive the tractors, cars, and playing jokes on everyone. Those were some great summers back on my Grandpa Schultzs farm, so many laughs and fun times!

Nanette & Terry Halvorson on Apr 25, 2018

Shellee you and your family are in our prayers.

Christi Rush on Apr 25, 2018

Susan and family....thinking of you during this difficult time. Please know you're close in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead. Doug was a good guy with a great sense of humor and maybe a little ornery side to him:) Hugs and prayers to each of you.



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St Joseph's Catholic Church-Ponca
420 W 2nd Street
Ponca, Nebraska 68770
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM


St Joseph's Catholic Church-Ponca
420 W 2nd Street
Ponca, Nebraska 68770
7:30 PM


St Joseph's Catholic Church-Ponca
420 W 2nd Street
Ponca, Nebraska 68770
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