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Jeffrey B Smalley

January 23, 2020

Jeffrey B. Smalley died January 23, 2020. He was born March 5, 1952 to Robert and Carroll (Royston) Smalley of Newton. He was the oldest of four children. Other siblings include Mike (Kendra) Smalley of Minnesota, David (Barbara) Smalley of San Diego, and Susan (Leon) Scott of Newton.


Jeff graduated from Newton High School in 1969. After graduation he married Debbie Nebergal and worked at Hesston Corporation.


Jeff loved southern California and worked in the San Diego area for a few years before moving to Missouri. His roots in the Midwest drew him back to Newton where he worked for Hall Industrial and later enjoyed marine and small engine mechanics.


Growing up, Jeff enjoyed Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Troop #111 as well as all the latest water sports with his family. Hot rods, racing, and motorcycles were also of keen interest. Jeff enjoyed working on his motorcycle and visiting with friends at “the shed.” He looked forward to the annual pheasant hunting trips with family and friends to western Kansas. Jeff was very personable and made many friends over the years. Not being one for technology, he would always prefer to strike up a conversation.


Jeff is survived by his daughter, Stacy Musser. He was preceded in death by his son, Eric J Smalley and mother, Carroll Smalley.


Graveside services with family and friends will be held Wednesday, January 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Restlawn Cemetery rural Newton with Pastor Ted Veer presiding.  Visitation with family will be 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday evening at Petersen Funeral Home.


Memorials are suggested to Meals on Wheels or Source of Light in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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17 thoughts on “Jeffrey B Smalley

  1. Marion County Lake has quite a few great memories for myself, Peggy and all the friends at Dock 56, the Sugar Shack and of course Dale’s marina. Jeff was large and in charge, best time ever!

  2. RIP Jeff. In the early years we tore up the lakes of the mid-west. He could fix anything and was very old school. I have a lot of good memories. Ask me some time.

  3. We are so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing, he was a loyal friend and great person all around. We enjoyed seeing him ride his bike and fill up the pool for the 4th. our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Oh! What good memories I have of Jeff! He was another brother to me-I can just see him out in our garage with my brother Rick-then the times with our family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.
    Blessings and love,

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