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Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary

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Adam Rentschler Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Adam is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.  A third generation Smith Center native, Adam is the son of Ron & Theresa Rentschler, grandson of LaVern & Judy Rentschler, grandson of the late Caroline & the late Anthony Gocke.  Adam graduated from Smith Center High School in 1997.  He began his funeral career working for the former owners of Simmons Mortuary in Smith Center in 1995 while still in high school.  Upon obtaining in 2000 an A.A.S. degree in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College, Adam has worked for funeral service providers in the Shawnee, KS, Eskridge, KS, and Plainville, KS area as a branch location manager.  In 2005 the opportunity surfaced to move back to Smith Center and manage the funeral home for the Simmons-Olliff-Boeve Chapel.  After managing the firm for a couple years, the opportunity was given to purchase full ownership of the firm in 2007.

Adam is married to the former Merissa Wagner of Kensington.  They have four daughters, Tallon, Tinley, and twins Tatumn & Turner.  Adam is seen almost everyday around town with the amount of time he dedicates to his community.  He was elected as a councilman for the City of Smith Center in 2009 and still currently serves as council president, has served on the Smith Center Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was president two terms, 2018 KFDA President as well as the KFDA State Disaster Coordinator, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team 7 Mortuary Specialist, numerous years of KFDA Disaster & Medical Liason Committee Chairman, former Chairman of Smith County LEPC, very active with our school district with numerous events, active member of the Smith Center Redcaps serving as President since 2017, helps prepare & serve the “Home for the Holidays” meal, is a member of the Smith Center Fire & Rescue Squad, Meals-on-Wheels Volunteer, Christian Laymen's Board of Directors and is very active with his children’s activities.  Adam believes that giving back to your community and its youth through volunteer activities is a great way to encourage them to return or stay in Smith Center.

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David Tharp Funeral Director/Embalmer

David is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. David is the son of Jim and Jean (Macklin) Tharp and a lifelong resident of Smith Center, with a long family heritage in this county as his mother’s family settled in Smith County in 1895.

David graduated from Smith Center High School in 1998. While attending college, David began his funeral career in 2005, working for Simmons-Olliff-Boeve in Smith Center. During college he also worked for an embalming service in Topeka, KS. In 2007 he graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Mortuary Science, and soon after graduation began his career with the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in Smith Center.

David is a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer and Board of Director, helps prepare & serve the “Home for the Holidays” meal, is a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Smith Center, member of the Smith Center football chain gang, active member of the Smith Center Redcaps, assistant fire chief of the Smith Center Fire & Rescue Squad, Smith Center Recreation Commission Director & Field Director, Smith Center High School Teammates Program Board of Directors.

David is looking forward to helping the people of this area through his work at Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary and through serving in various community organizations.

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Dairiane Cobb Funeral Director/Embalmer

Dairiane is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.  Dairiane is the daughter of Denton and Stacy (Wagenblast) Schoen, granddaughter of Shirley (Carswell) and the late Jim Schoen, granddaughter of Susie (Hill) and husband, Kenny Paget and the late Johnny Wagenblast.  Dairiane graduated from Smith Center Jr/Sr High School in 2007. While completing general education requirements in Hays, Kansas Dairiane assisted an individual with Cerebral Palsy whom she accompanied to college courses.  During that time, she observed a Death & Dying course and lost her Grandpa Johnny and Great-Grandma Alma (Grieb) Wagenblast. Learning from those experiences, Dairiane decided to pursue a career in the funeral industry. In 2010, Dairiane moved to Kansas City and enrolled in mortuary school.  She worked at a funeral home in Kansas City, Missouri as a student while receiving her A.A.S. in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College. From there, she moved into the role of a funeral director and transferred to different locations throughout Kansas City as the need arose.  Most recently, she was promoted to location manager in Liberty, Missouri. While working as a funeral director full time, Dairiane also obtained a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.

Dairiane married Jacob Cobb on September 29, 2018.  Together, they made the decision to move to Smith Center in December.  Jacob is originally from Marengo, Iowa and graduated high school in 2007.  He moved to Valparaiso, Indiana and graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Meteorology.  Until their move back to Smith Center, KS, Jacob worked as a field technician for Earth Networks.

Jacob is working for the family business, Schoen Fumigation, Inc.  Dairiane joined the staff of Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in 2019 and looks forward to providing peace and comfort to the families in the Smith County area.  

In their free time, they enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking and playing with their two dogs, Rossby and Tuck.

Adam Rentschler

Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Adam is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.  A third generation Smith Center native, Adam is the son of Ron & Theresa Rentschler, grandson of LaVern & Judy Rentschler, grandson of the late Caroline & the late Anthony Gocke.  Adam graduated from Smith Center High School in 1997.  He began his funeral career working for the former owners of Simmons Mortuary in Smith Center in 1995 while still in high school.  Upon obtaining in 2000 an A.A.S. degree in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College, Adam has worked for funeral service providers in the Shawnee, KS, Eskridge, KS, and Plainville, KS area as a branch location manager.  In 2005 the opportunity surfaced to move back to Smith Center and manage the funeral home for the Simmons-Olliff-Boeve Chapel.  After managing the firm for a couple years, the opportunity was given to purchase full ownership of the firm in 2007.

Adam is married to the former Merissa Wagner of Kensington.  They have four daughters, Tallon, Tinley, and twins Tatumn & Turner.  Adam is seen almost everyday around town with the amount of time he dedicates to his community.  He was elected as a councilman for the City of Smith Center in 2009 and still currently serves as council president, has served on the Smith Center Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was president two terms, 2018 KFDA President as well as the KFDA State Disaster Coordinator, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team 7 Mortuary Specialist, numerous years of KFDA Disaster & Medical Liason Committee Chairman, former Chairman of Smith County LEPC, very active with our school district with numerous events, active member of the Smith Center Redcaps serving as President since 2017, helps prepare & serve the “Home for the Holidays” meal, is a member of the Smith Center Fire & Rescue Squad, Meals-on-Wheels Volunteer, Christian Laymen's Board of Directors and is very active with his children’s activities.  Adam believes that giving back to your community and its youth through volunteer activities is a great way to encourage them to return or stay in Smith Center.

David Tharp

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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David is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. David is the son of Jim and Jean (Macklin) Tharp and a lifelong resident of Smith Center, with a long family heritage in this county as his mother’s family settled in Smith County in 1895.

David graduated from Smith Center High School in 1998. While attending college, David began his funeral career in 2005, working for Simmons-Olliff-Boeve in Smith Center. During college he also worked for an embalming service in Topeka, KS. In 2007 he graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Mortuary Science, and soon after graduation began his career with the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in Smith Center.

David is a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer and Board of Director, helps prepare & serve the “Home for the Holidays” meal, is a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Smith Center, member of the Smith Center football chain gang, active member of the Smith Center Redcaps, assistant fire chief of the Smith Center Fire & Rescue Squad, Smith Center Recreation Commission Director & Field Director, Smith Center High School Teammates Program Board of Directors.

David is looking forward to helping the people of this area through his work at Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary and through serving in various community organizations.

Dairiane Cobb

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Dairiane is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.  Dairiane is the daughter of Denton and Stacy (Wagenblast) Schoen, granddaughter of Shirley (Carswell) and the late Jim Schoen, granddaughter of Susie (Hill) and husband, Kenny Paget and the late Johnny Wagenblast.  Dairiane graduated from Smith Center Jr/Sr High School in 2007. While completing general education requirements in Hays, Kansas Dairiane assisted an individual with Cerebral Palsy whom she accompanied to college courses.  During that time, she observed a Death & Dying course and lost her Grandpa Johnny and Great-Grandma Alma (Grieb) Wagenblast. Learning from those experiences, Dairiane decided to pursue a career in the funeral industry. In 2010, Dairiane moved to Kansas City and enrolled in mortuary school.  She worked at a funeral home in Kansas City, Missouri as a student while receiving her A.A.S. in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College. From there, she moved into the role of a funeral director and transferred to different locations throughout Kansas City as the need arose.  Most recently, she was promoted to location manager in Liberty, Missouri. While working as a funeral director full time, Dairiane also obtained a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.

Dairiane married Jacob Cobb on September 29, 2018.  Together, they made the decision to move to Smith Center in December.  Jacob is originally from Marengo, Iowa and graduated high school in 2007.  He moved to Valparaiso, Indiana and graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Meteorology.  Until their move back to Smith Center, KS, Jacob worked as a field technician for Earth Networks.

Jacob is working for the family business, Schoen Fumigation, Inc.  Dairiane joined the staff of Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in 2019 and looks forward to providing peace and comfort to the families in the Smith County area.  

In their free time, they enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking and playing with their two dogs, Rossby and Tuck.