Earnest Smith


Earnest L. Smith, 72, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at his home in Garden City.

Earnest L. Smith, 72, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at his home in Garden City.

He was born June 30, 1941, in Holly, Colo., to Henry and Lorena Boardman Smith.

Mr. Smith's employment started at the age of 12, working at Smith's Department Store, Arnold's Café, Ansel's Manufacturing, Pheipher Motors, Champlin Gas Station, Woody's Electric and he was a self-employed hay operator, all while he lived in Ulysses. After moving to Garden City in 1981, he worked on site building the IBP plant and was later an employee there. He later worked several years at Palmer Manufacturing in the fiberglass and welding departments. He ended his working career being self-employed in design and sales of metal and wood creations.

On May 29, 1961, he married Karen Elliott of Ulysses. On Sept. 12, 1981, he married Suzanne Messner Cunningham of Garden City. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Tami and husband Mike Salsbury of Ulysses, and Lynette and husband Marshal Mills of Ulysses; a stepdaughter, Kris and husband Monte Carr of Lakin; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Aldon Smith, Bobby Smith and Henry Smith; three sisters, Lorena Smith, DeEtta Williams and Wanda Kreig; a stepson, Danny Cunningham; eight nephews; and a niece.

Funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.

Visitation hours are noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. Condolences may be sent to garnandfh@sbcglobal.net. Memorials are suggested to the Finney County Humane Society or St. Catherine Hospice, both in care of the funeral home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.

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