Tom McNary

SMITH CENTER - Thomas Jasper McNary, Smith Center, KS, passed away May 29, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE at the age of 73.  He passed away peacefully with his wife, Bette, and children at his side.  He was born January 4, 1939 the son of Orval and Alice (Mulnix) McNary at Gaylord, KS.

When Tom was 2 years old the family moved to Colorado where he attended school for 11 ½ years.  Due to his parents employment they returned to Gaylord, KS.  He graduated in 1957 from Gaylord High School.  After Tom graduated he enlisted in the US Navy serving proudly aboard the U.S.S. Bassilone, a naval destroyer.  He was honorably discharged on December 5, 1958.

On September 14, 1958 Tom married the love of his life Bette Sims.  They were married for 53 wonderful years.  Tom and Bette were blessed with 3 wonderful children, Kimberly Ann, Steven Jasper and Michelle Renee.  Tom was a very loving, caring and compassionate husband, Dad and Grandpa who loved his family very dearly.

The highlight of Tom’s life were when his family was all together playing cards, going to the lake, going to the motel for Christmas and hunting with his son, son-in-laws, and grandsons.

He retired from owner/operator driving a semi from coast to coast for many years.  He was a crop adjuster/supervisor for 10 years until his health would no longer permit.  He was a life member of the Tin Can Sailors, VFW Post 1141 and North American hunters.  He was a member of the First Christian Church of Smith Center serving on the Board of Trustees, as an Elder and several other committees within the church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bette’s parents and sister Judith Griffith.

He is survived by his wife, Bette and daughter Kim (Kurt) Ifland, son, Steve (Brenda) McNary, and daughter Mickie (Tracy) Helberg.  Nine grandchildren, Adam (Crystal) Ifland, Blake (Jessica) Ifland, Aaron, Dereck, Blair McNary, and Scott, Travis, Justin and Kyle Helberg.  Great Grandchildren, Taylor Lapaille, Kalyn Ifland and Rosslyn Ifland.  Survivors also include his sister Eileen Ross of Parker, CO, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to either the First Christian Church of Smith Center or Kearney Overland Trails Dialysis and can be sent in care of the mortuary.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Thursday May 31, 2012 at the mortuary.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00AM Friday June 1, 2012 at the First Christian Church with Pastor Linda Kemp officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center with military honors provided by VFW post 1141.

Melvin Lyon

SMITH CENTER – Melvin L. Lyon, age 88, passed away Feb. 21, 2012 at Smith County Hospital.  Lifelong resident of Smith Center and Smith County.

Melvin was born in Smith County, KS Oct. 14, 1923 to Rex and Eleanor Lyon, the oldest of 5 children, Max, Erma, June, and Elvin.

Melvin married Lois Secrest Dec. 25, 1950 in Franklin, NE.  Melvin attended grade school in the country, High school in Smith Center, graduating in May of 1943, after graduation he went into the Navy on return form the Navy he worked construction, custom wheat harvesting, farmed, and had apartment houses in town, 2 pool halls and a rock quarry for 35 years.  He belonged to the Lodge, Legion, and life member of VFW.

Melvin is survived by 2 sons Jay Lyon of Nelson, NE and Scott Lyon of Smith Center; a sister, June Thomas of Sunnyvale, CA; 5 grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Max Lyon, sister Erma Lanus, brother in law Dean Lanus, brother Elvin Lyon, wife Lois, son Dean and adopted son Clay.

Memorial graveside services will be at 10AM Saturday May 26, 2012 at the Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center with Pastor Lance McDowell officiating.

Inurnment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to the Melvin Lyon Memorial Fund and can be sent in care of the mortuary.

Maxine V. Horsfall

KENSINGTON, KS – Maxine V. Horsfall, age 79, passed away on Saturday May 12, 2012 at the Hilltop Lodge in Beloit, KS.  She was born the daughter of Henry & Laura (Sherbert) Kopfer on June 23, 1932 near Broughton, KS.  She was a cook for many years.

Survivors include her daughter Debbie (Ken) Murray of Simpson, KS; 2 sons, Scott (Jana) Horsfall of Hays, KS and Phil (Kerrie) Horsfall of Great Bend, KS; 5 grandchildren; 2 great Grandchildren; father-in-law, Donald Bureman; Brother-in-law, Joe Horsfall; Sister-in-law, Mary Kopfer.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, an infant daughter, a brother, a sister, and a grandson.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30AM Tuesday at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in Smith Center with Pastor Becky Saddler officiating.

Burial will be at 2PM in the Greenwood Cemetery in Clay Center, KS.

Visitation will be held from 6PM until 8PM Monday evening at the mortuary.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to American Heart Association or Wounded Warrior Project and can be sent in care of the mortuary.

Shirley “Jo” Larsen

SMITH CENTER–   Shirley Joan “Jo” Larsen, the daughter of Willis and Sarah (Jennings) Bonds, was born January 27, 1939 in Smith Center, Kansas.  She departed this life on May 2, 2012 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center.

Jo received her education at Reamsville and later attended the Smith Center High Schools.  On September 3, 1966 she was married to Gerald Dean “Gary” Larsen.  Gary and Jo shared many happy years together traveling, dancing, and raising their children.  They were successful in upgrading and remodeling every home they lived in, Jo being the designer and Gary being the carpenter.  Jo had a very good eye for design.  They also ventured into the business world together, owning and operating the popular “Jo’s Place” tavern, a restaurant, as well as an assisted living Heritage Harbor.  Jo was a very detailed business woman.

In her leisure time, Jo was a very talented artist as an oil painter.  She enjoyed reading and watching “soaps” or as she called them, “her stories”.  She also had a love for her cats, never being without at least one, and being the rescuer of several more.  Pomeranian dogs also had a special place in Jo’s heart.

Jo always claimed to have been related to the Queen of England.  Anyone that knew Jo, knows she had the Pride, Demeanor and the Stateliness of any royal family.

She had a husband and caregiver which very few would have the privilege to have.  Gary gave his “Queen” the best life she could have.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and brothers, Ralph in 1946 and Albert in 1949.

Jo was an avid believer in angels and enjoyed collecting angel figurines.  She is now among them.  She will be greatly missed by her husband, Gary, daughter Sherri and Kris Dannenberg of Gaylord, son Mitchell Larsen of Iowa City, Iowa, daughter Kina and Delbert Elliott of Red Cloud, Nebraska, and her grandchildren Tember Hursh of Jasper, Arkansas, Elizabeth Dannenberg of Paola, Kansas and Gage Elliott of Red Cloud, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be 10:00AM Saturday May 5, 2012 at the Church of the Nazarene in Smith Center with Pastor Matt Lucas officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center.

Visitation will be held from 5PM until 8PM Friday at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in her name and can be sent in care of the mortuary.


Yvonne Levin

GREELEY, CO – Yvonne Denise Levin, age 59, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2012.  She was born March 26, 1953 in Smith Center, KS to Ivan “Ike” and Ruth (Smith) Levin.  She was preceded in death by her father, Ivan and brother Michael.  She is survived by her mother Ruth of Kensington; brothers, Kevin (LaRee) Levin of Tucson, AZ, David (Becky) Levin of Kensington, Shawn Levin of Kensington and nephews Garrett Levin and Grant Levin both of Kensington.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at First St. John Lutheran Church of Kensington.

Yvonne was a graduate of the Kensington High School and had a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the Regis University of Denver, CO.   She was an independent, career minded, dedicated professional who always took time to listen to others and put them before herself.  She had been employed by Pueblo Chemical in Garden City, KS, UAP in Greeley, Co., Sandoz, in Broomfield, CO. and was currently employed by Whitewave Foods of Broomfield, CO.

Yvonne was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hiking in the mountains, cycling, and working in her yard.  She enjoyed traveling with friends, experienced hot air ballooning, and visiting the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  She had the unique distinction of having climbed Longs Peak in Colorado not once, but twice.

Her hobbies included enjoying gourmet coffee with friends, shopping, jewelry, movies, and music festivals.  She especially enjoyed the arts that Denver had to offer, and the fine things in life.  She had a sense of pride in her appearance, home, and self.  Her first thoughts were always of others.

Lifelong friendships were also developed through her personal business as a “Weekenders Clothing Consultant” and as a Mary Kay consultant.  She always enjoyed hosting classes and shows, and meeting new people.

She had strong family ties and treasured the time spent together.  The Christmas holiday was one of her favorites.  She always made it extra special by her thoughtfulness and presence.

Her smile, easy laugh and gentle teasing will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30AM Thursday May 3, 2012 at the 1st St. John Lutheran Church in Kensington with Pastor Dave Hutson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Germantown Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5PM until 8PM Wednesday at Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary.

The family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Yvonne Levin memorial fund and can be sent in care of the mortuary.

Lance R. Bottom

Lance R. Bottom, age 41 of Wichita, KS passed away April 21, 2012.  Lance was born Sept. 12, 1970 in Beloit, KS to parents Robert R. Bottom and Sheila Heeler Birch.  He graduated from Springdale High School, Springdale, AR. in 1989 and lived the rest of his life in Kansas.

Lance loved his family, many friends and God’s great outdoors.  Hunting and fishing were a lifelong love and he enjoyed both while growing up, with his two Grandpas, his Dad, and cousin Matt.  Some of his fondest memories were of him and his daughter, Jordan, fishing together.  He picked up a lifelong love of recycling everything, from his Grandpa Jim.  Most everyone thought of Lance as a Big Teddy Bear, (at 6’6″) with a heart of gold.

Lance was preceded in death by his Father, Robert R. Bottom; his two Grandfathers, John R. Bottom and James L. Heeler; and two Aunts, Marnie Arnhold and Cindy Erickson.

Lance is survived by his daughter, Jordan Renee Bottom of Salina, KS; his mother and step-father, Sheila and Jerry Birch of Farmington, AR; two grandmothers, June Bottom of Glen Elder, KS and Margie Heeler of Smith Center, KS; 3 aunts, Carol Bottom of Marshalltown, Iowa, Janice Heide of Norfolk, VA, and Jean Grisier of Smith Center, KS; Uncle Jimmy E. Heeler of Smith Center, KS; also many cousins and many dear friends.

Family graveside memorial service will be April 28, 2012 at the Gaylord, KS Cemetery.

Memorials in loving memory of Lance may be made to, Teen Challenge Ranch of N.W. AR., PO Box 20, Morrow, AR., 72749 /

Lorrell Almquist

SMITH CENTER – Lorrell Eugene Almquist, 80, died Friday, March 23, 2012. He was born July 3, 1931 in Great Bend, KS to Carl and Rosalind (Smith) Almquist. He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Hickert) Almquist, of the home; daughters Sandy (Richard) Harris of Minneola; Deb (Ron) Augustine of Hays; step-children: Kathie (Monte) Davidson, Alta Vista; Ray (Valerie) Hickert, Wichita; Gus (Sharon) Hickert, Ingalls; Joan Hickert, Hutchinson; Anne (Tracy) Kingsbury and Susan (Tim) Meyer of Smith Center; sister Carolee (Dennis) Bailey, Scottsdale, AZ; eighteen grandchildren: Marc (Michelle) Davidson, Cale, Hayley, Logan, Carley, of Goddard; Amanda (Spencer) Levin, Mason, Kaylee and McKenna, of Wichita; Matt (Terra) Davidson, Kinsley and Connor, Lincoln, NE; Jonathan Hickert, of Wichita; Rhett (Christina) Hickert, Leo and Gavin, of Kiowa; Jessica Shaffer and Chrissy of Wichita; Ashley (Jason) Keilman, of Manhattan; Austin (Angela) Kingsbury, Keirstin and KaraJo, Sterling; Andrea Kingsbury, The Woodlands, Tx; Addison Kingsbury, Smith Center, Ks; Misti (Chris) Norris, Madelyn, Joshua and Abigail, of Hays; Jennifer (Brad) Hallier, Laurelle, Joselyn and Landon, of Hutchinson; Angela (Matt) May, Kaytlin, Alexandra and Dakota of WaKeeney; Tyler (Trisha) Augustine, Avery and Ainslee, of Hays; Michele (Jim) Stoddard, Alyssa and McKenzie, of Liberal; Michael (Stephanie) Harris, Miranda and Preston of Olathe; Matthew Harris of Gardner; and Mitchel (Carolyn) Harris, Connor and Hailey of Overland Park.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Rosalind (Smith) Almquist; and sister Yvonne Newman.

Lorrell graduated from Wichita East High School and attended WSU. He married Virginia (Zodrow) Hickert on November 24, 1974. They lived in Oberlin until they moved to Smith Center in 1977. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and boating with family and friends.
He served in the Korean War in the Air Force from February 1952 to February 1956. He was a past member of the Shriner’s.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 1:30PM Wednesday March 28, 2012 with Pastor Greg Hubbard officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Inurnment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center, KS with military honors by the United States Air Force honor guard.

The family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Lorrell Almquist memorial fund and can be sent in care of the mortuary.

William Chestnut

RURAL FRANKLIN, NE- William (Bill) Edwin Chestnut departed this world Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the age of 27 in his home near Franklin, Neb.

Bill was born Nov. 20, 1984 in Concordia, Kan. He grew up and went to school in the Cawker City and Jewell area of Kan. He professed a love for Jesus and was baptized at the age of 6 in the First Baptist Church in Cawker City, Kan. He attended regularly there and then at Lighthouse Community Church in Downs, Kan. Bill was active in youth group and looked forward to summer church camp. He had a heart as big as the ocean and if he could help someone in need he would. He did not like to see anyone suffer.
Bill loved fishing, hunting, camping and his pets, especially his dogs. He also liked riding his dirt bike, working on computers, shooting and gunsmithing. Bill collected swords and was very interested in the medieval era. If something interested him, he would research it extensively and learn all he could. He really enjoyed talking to family and friends and could go on for hours about stuff he learned.

Bill was preceded in death by great grandparents John (Jack) and Doris Kyle of Cawker City, Kan., William and Delphia Chestnut of Glade, Kan. and Leonard and Regina Braun of Speed, Kan. as well as many aunts and uncles.

Left to mourn his passing are his parents, David and Christina Chestnut of rural Franklin, Neb.; sister, Mandy and husband Steve Goble of Logan, Kan.; grandparents, Leroy and Thelma Braun of Phillipsburg, Kan., Bill and Lee Wilson of Cawker City, Kan. and Roger Montgomery of Boulder City, Nev.; niece, Morgan Goble of Logan, Kan. and nephew, Dawson Goble of Logan, Kan. as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday March 24, 2012 at Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary with Pastor Darrell Geist officiating.

The family strongly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Bill Chestnut memorial fund and can be sent in care of the mortuary.


Patricia M. Frank

SMITH CENTER- Patricia Mae (Luft) Frank was born May 23, 1924 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Arthur W. Luft and Mabel (Kellene) Luft.  She attended the Minneapolis Public Schools and graduated from Washburn High School.  She was a member of the National Honor Society and various clubs in school.  One of her great interests was participation in sports and attending sporting events.  She was chosen by her classmates (over 300 in all) as the most athletic girl in her 8th grade class (Ramsey Jr. High) and also by her senior class in high school.  She continued this interest in sports her entire life and enjoyed tennis, golf, ice skating, bowling, swimming and fishing.  In later years some of those mentioned had to be given up.  She was an avid S.C. Redmen and K-State fan.  She was the first lady to be President of the S.C. Redcaps for the 1972-1973 term.

Pat was united in marriage on April 26th, 1947 to Maynard Eugene Frank of Gaylord, KS.  They were married in Minneapolis, Minnesota in Judson Memorial Baptist Church.  They lived in Gaylord for four years operating a café before moving to Smith Center.  Their move to S.C. was in 1951.  Pat worked for 2 years for Floyd W. (Whis) Hommon in his insurance agency.  She quit working in 1953 when her son Jerome Arthur Frank was born.  A second son Gregory Eugene Frank was born in 1955.

Pat and Maynard celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on April 26th, 1972.  Their sons, Jerry and Greg, with the help of friends and relatives had a surprise party to celebrate the event at the armory.  Shortly after this happy event Maynard was taken to the hospital in May with severe heart complications and was hospitalized.  He passed away in the hospital on June 29th, 1972.

Pat started work at the Smith County State Bank and Trust Co. in 1961 after her sons were in school.  She was a secretary for the office and also handled the insurance business helping Blaine Rush and Linton Lull.  She learned various other jobs while working there.  She retired on December 31st, 1987 and for several years after retiring would help out as a teller when the bank needed extra help.  She also enjoyed being a part of the banks Christmas parties and the girl’s parties after retirement.

She belonged for many years to the S.C. Business and Professional Women’s Club, V.F.W. auxiliary 1141, American Legion Auxiliary 220, Chamber of Commerce and the K-State Alumni Association.  Pat also served as Smith County Treasurer for The American Cancer Society for over 15 years and later Memorial Chairman.  She was also treasurer for the Smith Center Country Club for over 15 years.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church and The U.M. Women Society.

Pat passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center, Kansas at the age of 87.

Survivors are sons, Jerome A. Frank of Wichita, KS, Gregory and wife Tamra (who was like a daughter to Pat) of Smith Center, KS;   grandchildren Andrew Frank and wife Tracy and daughter Madalyn;   Jeni (Frank) Barta and grandsons Camden, Callen & Coy;   Jodi (Frank) Spiess and husband Garrett and grandchildren Brell, Brenik and Brexli;   Adam Frank;   Sherelle (Shaffer) Peterson and husband Anthony and grandchildren Maggie and Maddix;   Shawn Shaffer, Kyle Petrik and special friend Helen Watts, also a host of nieces and nephews and their families and many friends.  Pat enjoyed her grandchildren immensely and attended a good share of their school events over the years and also their outside activities.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Jane A. Aune who passed away in April 1998.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the mortuary with the family present from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Greg Hubbard officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center.

In lieu of flowers the family strongly suggests memorial contributions be given to the Smith Center Municipal Golf Course and can be sent in care of the mortuary.


Robert L. Peterson

RURAL LEBANON, KS – Robert Lamoine Peterson, 83, was born September 5, 1928, at home near Bellaire, KS to Milo and Lucile Peterson.  Surrounded by family, he went to be with his Lord March 8, 2012 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center, KS.

He grew up on the farm and attended grade school at Lone Star country school.  He graduated from Smith Center High School in 1945.

He married the “light of his heart” Zelma Ryan, March 29, 1948 and began their life together on the farm north of Bellaire, KS.  Their union was blessed with a son, Joel and six daughters Lana, Lisa, Lori, Lila, Leah, and Lyna.  He and Zelma accepted Christ and were baptized at Womer Church where they attended and were active in serving the Lord until Womer closed and are now members of Thornburg Church.

They “lived their dream” out on the farm 63 years.  They had a Grade A dairy 27 yrs. until 1976, also raised stock cattle and farmed.  In recent years they enjoyed cattle by renting out their grass land.

Bob loved adventure and living to the fullest!  Through the years they had many family vacations.  First they roughed it camping and climbing mountains.  In later years, they upgraded to a motor home…still with family.  They also enjoyed being members of the Sod Busters Camper Club.

His lifelong passion for horses was passed down to each generation.  He started buying and training Paint colts 13 years ago and that led to working Fridays at the Mankato Livestock Sale.  The past four years he has lived vicariously by mentoring a grandson while training two horses to ride.

Bob lived his life in such a manner that others might see the love of Christ reflected through him.  His desire was that all would come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his son Joel, brother Arden and sister-in-law JoAnn Peterson, sister-in-law Marilyn Ryan, son-in-law Mick Quinn, and great grandson Kaine.

Left to treasure his memory are his wife, Lyle & Lana Minner, KS; Ben & Lisa Bender, CO; Steve & Lori Siemsen, KS,  Roger & Lila Bohrer, NE, Keith & Leah Meyer, NE; David & Lyna Mace, KS; 19 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brother-in-law Billy and his wife Colleen Ryan, brother-in-law Jim Ryan, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00PM on Monday, March 12, 2012 at the Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Dennis Lambert officiating.

Visitation will be held on Sunday March 11, 2012 from 5:00PM until 8:00PM at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary.

Burial will follow in the Cora-Cedar Hill Cemetery in Rural Lebanon, KS.

The family strongly requests memorial contributions be given to the Bob Peterson memorial fund to be designated later and can be sent in care of the mortuary.