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Wilbur (Wil) Arthur Smith

Wilbur (Wil) Arthur Smith, age 78, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 3rd at 2:24 pm after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Wil was born February 28, 1939 in Wellington, Kansas to Sanford A. Smith and Zephalena (Davis) Smith.  He graduated from Halstead High School in 1955.  From there, he attended both Hutchinson Junior College and Wichita State University, studying Mechanical Engineering.

After marrying Diane Havens from Pittsburg, Kansas in 1962, he worked in contract engineering at various aircraft companies, living in Missouri, Georgia, Texas and Kansas, until settling in Overland Park, Kansas in 1970.  He worked in technical sales and telecommunications until his retirement in 2000.

He leaves his wife of 55 years and three children; Cheryl L. Horton (Jim) of Naperville, Illinois, Christine L. Laird (Doug) of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Douglas A. Smith (Estella) of Overland Park, Kansas, in addition to nine grandchildren;  Alex, Megan, and Carly Horton, Spencer, Makenna and Sydney Laird, and Drake, Gavin and Ian Smith.  He is also survived by one brother, Frank A. Smith (Gwenda) of Plano, Texas and one sister, Alice Considine of Halstead, Kansas, as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Edwin B. Smith.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 20th from 10:00 am-11:00 am, Mass from 11:00 am-12:00 pm, followed by a luncheon at the Church of the Holy Cross, 8311 93rd Street, Overland Park, Kansas. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Garden Terrace, Overland Park, Kansas for their loving care and compassion during his stay. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Garden Terrace or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

 

 

 



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  1. Lauren Gilbert and Family Says:

    Aunt Diane and All,

    Growing up, one of the main events of the summer was July 4th at Aunt Diane and Uncle Wilbur’s house. All of the cousins swung in the hammock, snooped around the basement, ate handfuls of cookies and climbed the limbs of that seemingly giant tree for the annual picture. (I’m sure Matt remembers this tree especially well, since he fell from it, breaking his collar bone! 😉
    The summer air carried laughter and conversation as all heads turned upward toward the crackling prisms fell like confetti before disappearing into the night sky.
    These warm memories are imprinted on my mind, part of a magical childhood surrounded by family. I love you all. Uncle Wilbur will be greatly missed.

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