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Gary D. Smith

July 4, 1934 March 30, 2019
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Obituary for Gary D. Smith

Gary Smith was born to Howard Max and Lola Agnes Smith in Pretty Prairie, KS on July 4, 1934. He grew up in several KS. towns before graduating from Dodge City, KS. High School. During the summer of 1952 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving four years on the USS Herbert J. Thomas DDR 833 as a member of the 7th Fleet in the western Asian Pacific waters.
Following his naval commitment he attended Sterling College in Sterling, KS. He graduated in 1960 and started his teaching career which spanned forty years. He received his master’s degree from Emporia State University.
He worked at many levels of education from preschool to graduate students. During his service of working with students he worked as an elementary physical education teacher in KS public schools, Emporia State University Lab facility/P.E. Department and later an administrator at Lowther Middle School North in Emporia, KS.
He is survived by a daughter, Shelly Kuhl, son Shawn, and four grandchildren, Malone, Geoffry, Cullen and Claire. He is preceded in death by a grandson, Patrick and his parents.
Following retirement he moved to AR and has spent his time buying items for resale and making a variety of hand-made Native American reproductions.
His expanded family includes several auction attendees, who gave him many hours of laughter.
He attends and is active in, the First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln. AR.
Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home 306 N. 4th St. Rogers, AR.


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