Stanley Smith - April 09, 2009
Stanley Stuart Smith was born Feb. 21, 1920, to Seldon H. Smith and Mary Belle Sales on the family farm west of Champion. He was the fourth of five children.
Stan graduated from Chase County High School in 1936 at the young age of 16.
He married the love of his life, Goldie Marie McCurry, on April 20, 1941, in Imperial. They would have been married 68 years this coming April. They were blessed with three sons: Jim, Bill and Larry.
Their family was the center of their life and as it grew with daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren they were eternally grateful and proud of each of them.
Stan and Goldie lived west of Champion for most of their married life. You know where they lived if you know where the Wagon Wheel Ballpark was as they donated the land for the park north of their home in 1950. Stan played softball until he was in his 50s.
He served in the U.S. Navy from March 1945 until April 1946 during World War II.
Stan enjoyed farming and custom haying.
Stan was an avid fisherman. He was known for spending the summer at Enders Lake. Everyone who asked where he was catching fish would get the answer as he would act like he was hooking them in their mouth. He did then share where the latest good catch was.
Stan was a natural when it came to hunting. The boys’ goal was to out shoot dad but never reached that goal.
Stan was a member of the Community of Christ Church. He served in the priesthood and was the pastor of the Imperial Congregation for many years. Stan was known for his strong Christian faith and teaching and sharing love to all. He was called upon often for many wedding ceremonies, blessings, baptisms and funerals.
Stan was preceded in death by his wife, Goldie, on Jan. 23, 2009; his parents; brother Jack; sisters: Hazel Beck, Frannie Lubeck; sisters-in-law: Velma Smith, Thelma Yost; brothers-in-law: Willard Yost, Norman Beck and Herman Lubeck.
Stan leaves to celebrate his life, son, Jim, and his wife, Marla, of Ogallala; son, Bill, and his wife, Cindy, of Max, Neb.; son, Larry, and his wife, Debbie, of Blue Springs, Mo.; grandchildren, Shaun and Rendale Meyer of Big Springs, Neb., Rick and Susanne Smith of Holdrege, Neb., Chad Smith of Ogallala, Neb., Kelly and Ashlee Smith of Grant, Neb., Stacy and Josh Clark of Grant, Bobbie and Chris Nelson of Wakefield, Neb., Wade Smith of Benkelman, Neb., Justin Smith of Sidney, Neb., Jay and Misty Smith of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Joel Smith of Independence, Mo., Jacqualine and Matt Davis of Blue Springs, Mo., Brian and Janine Mitchell of Independence, Mo., Jennifer and Eric Mitchell of Blue Springs; 21 great grandchildren; sister, Maudie Isley; brother-in-law, Bill McCurry, and his wife, Agnes, of Blue Springs, Mo.; sister-in-law, Connie, and her husband, Jim Borell, of Burns, Wyo.; many nieces and nephews and many friends.
Memorial services were held at the Champion Community Center on March 21 at 10 a.m. with Mitch and Cindy Korf officiating.
Prelude and postlude was by Karen Trumper.
Musical selection was sung by singers Stacy Clark, Shaun Meyer and Jim Smith with accompaniment by Marla Smith.
Honorary casketbearers were all of Stan’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Military rites were by the V.F.W. and American Legion Posts of Imperial, Neb.
Inurnment was at the Lakeview Cemetery, Champion, Neb.
A memorial has been established to the Champion Community Center.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.