He was born on March 28, 1927, at Calumet, Okla., to Harold J. and Beulah B. (Knox) Smith. He was raised in Oklahoma until age 10, when his family moved to rural Oswego. He graduated from Labette County Community High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army the day after graduation.
He served at the end of World War II and was stationed in Germany. Upon his discharge, he returned to Oswego and was employed at a cheese factory there. He later worked at KG&E for a short time before going to work for KP&L. He retired after 32 years. He then was self-employed and repaired appliances and other equipment. One of his projects after retirement was building the flagpole at the Katy Golf Course.
On Sept. 2, 1951, he married Lorraine H. Ewing at Excelsior House of Prayer, north of Parsons. They later divorced, and she preceded him in death on July 31, 1997.
He was a member of the former First United Methodist Church. He also was a member of Parsons Elks Lodge No. 527 and Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He belonged to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He enjoyed restoring antique cars.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Fran Raschen of Parsons; two sons, Bob D. Smith of Parsons and Kenny Smith of Prairie Village; a daughter, Karen Smith of Parsons; three stepchildren, Zoe Morelli of Parsons, Eddie Raschen, and his wife, Cami, of Altamont and Mike Raschen, and his wife, Sarah, of Edwardsville, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marilyn Foster of Butler, Mo.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Polk; a daughter-in-law, Dawna Smith; and a granddaughter.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Wars, and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.