Howard Dwight Smethers born March 25, 1930. He was the first child of Howard & Marjory Smethers, and has a younger sister Pat Chrisco, of Olathe, Kansas.
He was born in Concordia, Kansas.
He is survived by wife Ruth Alice Neff of 67 years, they met in High School Band Class.
He is also survived by his four Sons:
Fred Smethers of Sedro-Woolley, Washington
Ted Smethers Hot Springs, Arkansas,
Ed Smethers of Olathe, Kansas,
Ned Smethers of Seymour, Tennessee
8 Grand Children
5 Great Grand Childern
He was a Master Sargent in the National Guard for 10 years.
He was a long time School Board Member and over saw the expansion of Olathe School System and Construction of Olathe South High, among other school additions.
He graduated from Kansas State University, with a Mechanical Engineering degree.
Howard was a High School Teacher and local business man. He owned a gas station and auto repair shop. The auto shop is still in business and owned by his third son Ed.
Howard had a Love of Cooking, Gardening, Camping and Traveling. He and his loving wife traveled extensively through out the US, Mexico, Canada and Europe. He hand-built a camper and trailer.
His craftsmanship included, working with wood. He also built additions to the house he loved, that included a workshop and Green House.
He considered himself the ‘Last Liberal in Kansas’ and was proud of it.
His great sense of humor made him a delight to friends and family and he loved playing with his grand children.
Memorial contributions may be made to Villa St. Francis, 16600 W 126th St., Olathe, Kansas, 66062.
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