LIBERAL – Wendell Scott Smothermon, 84, died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
He was born Feb. 24, 1930 to Walter Burton and Lela Mae (Tice) Smothermon in Hollis, Okla.
He married Reba Maxine Shank on Sept. 6, 1953 in Liberal. She survives.
He graduated from Liberal High School in 1950.
He attended and graduated from University of Northern Colo. in 1959 with his Masters degree.
While living in Ojai, Calif., he was a teacher and a coach.
In 1980 he moved back to Liberal and worked for the State of Kansas Human Resource Services as an Employment Counselor.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Seward County Retired Teachers, Kansas Authors and the Kansas Genealogy Society.
He also was a member of the Fargo Lodge #300 AF&AM, Liberal Chapter 5, 55, and 65 of the York Rite; Liberal Shrine Club and the Al Maloi Shrine of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Calif., Scottish Rite 32nd degree, Order of the Eastern Star Liberal Chapter #104 and Sword of Bunker Hill.
He was a former member of the Rotary Club of Liberal.
He was a Staff Sgt. with the Kansas National Guard from 1948-1957.
Survivors include son, Wendell Brent Smothermon and wife Judy, Wichita; daughter Jennifer Lynn Kirby and husband Gene, Dodge City; and six grandchildren: Wesley Smothermon and wife Cari, Brice Smothermon, Ryan Kirby, Sarah Kirby, Taylor Smothermon Anderson and husband Carl, and
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Roberta Lee and Mae Gustin.
• Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday April 28, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor David Randall presiding.
Burial will take place in Liberal Cemetery with Masonic Rites given by
Fargo Lodge #300 AF&AM.
Friends may call Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. at Brenneman Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the SCCC/ATS Development Foundation or the First United Methodist Church in care of Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com