William H. Smith

  • Born: September 12, 1940
  • Died: July 11, 2013
  • Location: Galva, Kansas

Stockham Family Funeral Home

205 N Chestnut
McPherson, KS 67460

Tel. (620) 241-2442

Tribute & Message From The Family

William H. Smith, affectionately know as "Bill" or Bid", 72, of Galva and formerly of Medicine Lodge, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at McPherson Hospital following a year-long, courageous battle with cancer

He was born September 12, 1940, in rural Barber County, KS to Donald P. and Edna (Garten) Smith. He attended school at Sun City, KS, graduating in 1958.

After being in the workforce for four years, Bill decided he wanted something better for his family so he enrolled at Fort Hays State University in 1964. Bill graduated from FHSU in 1968 and went to work for Geigy Chemical Company. After a few years, he went to work for Farmland Industries, retiring after 32 years.

On February 12, 1960, Bill was united in marriage to Marilyn S. McCullough in Medicine Lodge, KS. They have made Galva, KS their home since 1974.

Bill was a member of Galva United Methodist Church, McPherson County Council on Aging, President of the Board of Galva Senior Center, and was a former 4-H leader.

Survivors include: his wife, Marilyn of the home; three daughters, Connie Hollingsworth (Kent) of Canton, KS, Angie Smith (Billy) of McPherson, KS, and Mandy Burmeister (Kurt) of Wichita, KS; six grandchildren, Wesston Smith (fiancé, Amanda) of Luther, OK, Meghan Smith (fiancé, Reese) of Dodge City, KS, Cory Hollingsworth (Jaime) of Canton, KS, Kaity Hollingsworth of Canton, KS, and Grant and Graham Burmeister of Wichita, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Mikeal Alan, a grandson, Little Billy, a brother, Jim, and a niece, Lori Smith.

Two services and visitations will be held: The first service will be at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, July 16, at Galva United Methodist Church with Rev. Sharlan Graber officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at Stockham Family Funeral Home, with the family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A second visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday at Larrison Funeral Home in Medicine Lodge, with the family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A graveside service will take place at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, July 17, at Highland Cemetery in Medicine Lodge, KS.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Galva Senior Center or the American Cancer Society in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We're so sorry to hear about your loss. Bill was definitely one of the good guys!!
We have a lot of good memories of the Smith family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
Bill and Jane Whitenack and family

Posted by Stuart Whitenack - Lenexa, KS - Family friend   July 29, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Bill was a special man that made a difference in the lives of so many. He hired me into the Farmland family in 1996. As I look at the agricultural industry even today the footprint and impact of those that Bill brought in so many years ago lives on. He is thought of often.

Posted by Heath Peterson - Saint George, KS   July 15, 2013

I had the great fortune to have been hired by Bill almost 20 years ago to work for Farmland when I graduated from K-State. From the beginning and throughout, Bill was always very encouraging and supportive and I always appreciated that. His strong work ethic and attention to detail set an example for the rest of us to follow. He touched the lives of many people in the cooperative system and agriculture in general and I was lucky enough to be one of them.

Posted by Scott Nienke - Great Bend, KS - Coworker   July 15, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and freinds of a great man. Bill hired me many years ago for Farmland. But more so it was his guidance and mentoring he gave I appreciated the most.

Posted by Brian Townley - WaKeeney, KS - Farmland Industires   July 15, 2013

Thoughts and prayers are with the family. I enjoyed working with Bill at Farmland.

Posted by Linda Shannon - Inman, KS - Coworker   July 14, 2013

Just a note to tell you how sorry I am. Let's just remember those fun times we had tailgating at KSU. What a great guy he was!!!!

Posted by Nola Harrison - Topeka, KS - Friend   July 14, 2013

Bill was such a jewel to work with while I was at Farmland... He was always so nice and caring and involved in agriculture... He will be greatly missed because he touched so many lives...

Posted by Diane (Kramp) Becker - Seneca, KS   July 13, 2013

Bill lives on in me and so many others in Agriculture in Kansas and beyond. It's hard to put into words what he ment to the development of Agriculture in the Midwest but his work in developing People touches every part of Ag in Kansas today through the countless lives he touched. Thank YOU! You are thought of daily and will be Greatly missed!

Posted by Ron Reneberg - Kensington, KS - Friend   July 13, 2013

Bill was one of the very best to have worked with for so many years. His dedication, work ethic, and commitment were always top rung. His contribution to agriculture in KS was nothing short of remarkable. I still remember the very day he hired me to work for Farmland some 30 years ago. He was my friend and mentor and I'll miss him very much.

Posted by Bruce Barrett - Jewell, KS - associate   July 13, 2013