Mass of Christian Burial for Nicholas James Smith, 33, of Windsor Heights, formerly of Perry, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry.

Father Paul Nguyen will officiate the service. Kathy Wade will be the organist, Zachery Williams the soloist and Cathy Moellenbeck cantor. Special music selections will be "On Eagles Wings," "We Will Rise Again," "One Bread One Body," "Hallelujah and Lead Me Lord."

Honorary pallbearers will be Derek Draisey, Tom Detrick, Henry Seiler, Larry Smith, Brad Smith, Corey Smith, Jeff Smith, Adam Haar, Kelly Price and Kirk Wright.

Pallbearers will be Corey Myers, Michael Peterson, Dylan Cunningham, Josiah Vodenik, Adam Greimann, Mike Strand, Kevin Mccolly and Zach Stone.

Burial will be in Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry.

Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at Murdock Funeral Home. Visitation will resume at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.

To honor Nick, you can wear Iowa Hawkeye attire at visitation. Nicholas passed away January 16, 2014 in a tragic car accident in Windsor Heights.

Nick was born July 3, 1980, in Jefferson to Chuck and Myrna Smith. He graduated from Perry High School in 1999.

At the time of his death, he was head custodian at Northeast Elementary School in Ankeny. Nick was an avid Hawkeye fan and was a role model for health and fitness. Nick was a loving son, brother, uncle and best friend to everyone he knew.

He is survived by his parents; two sisters April (Kirk) Wright of Ankeny and Toni Smith of Overland Park, Kan.; brother, Steve (Anna) Smith of Des Moines; two nephews, Connor and Seth; and three nieces, Kiley, Aubrey and Ella, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles J. Smith Jr., sister, Lynda Faye Smith, on June 4, 1988, grandparents, Lawrence and Bridget Smith and Edwin and Mary Mino.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Nick and may be left at Murdock Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

Nick was a generous person in life and death and will live on through others via his choice to be an organ donor.