LEOTI — Gerald Joseph Smith, 88, died Nov. 21, 2018, at Wichita County Health Center.
He was born on June 24, 1930, in Okarche, Okla., to Anton Smith and Marie (Wittrock) Smith.
He moved to Kansas in 1951 and married Imelda J. Baker on June 24, 1953. He was a lifelong farmer and among the first to grow corn in Wichita County.
He was a US Army veteran, serving in the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Imelda; three sons, Earl Smith of Marienthal, Don Smith of Scott City and Ernie Smith of Scott City; and three daughters Sharry Nelson of Johnson, Kathy Owings of Lawrence and Ruth Hovey of Olathe; a sister, Alice Stroud of Okarche, Okla.; 18 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dorothy Ketterer of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Sylvester Smith of Oklahoma City and an infant son, Joseph.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Price and Son’s Funeral Home in Leoti and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25 with the family present. A vigil service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marienthal.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marienthal. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 210 N. 2nd, Marienthal, KS 67863.