John Smith

ELKHART - John Smith, age 83, died March 18, 2021, at Morton County Hospital. He was born December 23, 1937, in Lamar, CO, the son of John B. Sr., and Olga Eva (Heyman) Smith. John grew up west of Richfield, KS. John graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in May, 1960 with a Professional Engineering Degree in Petroleum Engineering. John was drafted into the Army in 1961. He was assigned to the Engineering Research and Development Laboratory. In 1970, he married the love of his life, Shirley Talcott. 

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Shirley of Elkhart, KS; daughter, Sherri Noel of Abilene, KS; sons, Michael Long of Phoenix, AZ, and Barry Smith of Denver, CO; brother, Howard Smith of Elkhart, KS; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. John is preceded in death by his parents, John Sr., and Olga Smith. 

Funeral service will be held March 22, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Elkhart, KS. The service will also be live streamed on Garnand Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will follow at the Elkhart Cemetery with Military Rites by Elkhart VFW Point Rock Post #3162. Visitation is March 20, 2021, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. (family will be present from 6-7 p.m.) at Garnand Funeral Home in Elkhart, KS. The family requests memorials may be given to First Christian Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, KS  67950.  Condolences may be posted at

Posted online on March 19, 2021