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.