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William H. Smith
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“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...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Stuart Whitenack - Lenexa, KS

“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...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Heath Peterson - Saint George, KS

“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...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Scott Nienke - Great Bend, KS

“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...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Brian Townley - WaKeeney, KS

“Thoughts and prayers are with the family. I enjoyed working with Bill at Farmland. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Linda Shannon - Inman, KS

“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!!!! ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Nola Harrison - Topeka, KS

“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...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Diane (Kramp) Becker - Seneca, KS

“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...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Ron Reneberg - Kensington, KS

“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...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Bruce Barrett - Jewell, KS


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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.