John Arthur Smith, 79 of Independence, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at Monterey Park Nursing Center.
Services will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006, at the South Chrysler Restoration Branch. Visitation will follow until 8:30 p.m. at the church. Cremation is planned. Donations may be made to the Center Place Restoration School. Arrangements are being handled by Speaks Suburban Chapel.
He was born August 17, 1927, in Marshall, to Walter E. and Beulah Armenta (James) Smith. He began his career in teaching public schools in Osborne, Kan., before moving to Leavenworth, Kan., to become the principal. He then moved to Independence, and worked as administrator for Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. He then was dean of admissions for Kansas State University in Manhattan, president of Southwestern Community College, vice president of Park College, ending his career as the first administrator for the Center Place Restoration School in 1996. He was a member and high priest of South Chrysler Restoration Branch and enjoyed playing golf and reading the scriptures. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.
In addition to his wife of 55 years, Miree Smith, he is survived by his children John Allen Smith of Creston, Iowa, Leanna Blair of Pryor, Okla., Robin Smith of Phoenix, Ariz., and Stephen Smith of Independence; three brothers, Joseph Smith of Spring Hill, Kan., Willard Smith of Omaha, Nebr., and Jim Smith of Independence; two sisters, Elsa May Brooks of Mt. Joy, Pa., and Carol Barnes of Sedalia; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family in the area. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.