Wendell Scott Smothermon 84, died, Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Wesley
Medical Center in Wichita, KS.
He was born Feb. 24, 1930 in Hollis, OK the son of Walter Burton and
Lela Mae (Tice) Smothermon. He had moved with his family to the Liberal
at the age of 3 and graduated from Liberal High School in 1950. He
attended and graduated from University of Northern Colo. in 1959 with
his Masters degree. He moved from Liberal and lived in Westminster CO,
Phoenix, AZ, Hemet, CA and Ojai, CA. While living in Ojai, CA he was as
teacher and a coach. In 1980 he moved back to Liberal and worked for
The State of Kansas Human Resource Services as an Employment Counselor.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Seward County
Retired Teachers, Kansas Authors and the Kansas Genealogy Society. He
also was a member of the Fargo Lodge #300 AF&AM, Liberal Chapter 5, 55,
and 65 of the York Rite; Liberal Shrine Club and the Al Maloi Shrine of
Los Angeles, CA and Santa Barbara, CA Scottish Rite 32nd degree, Order
of the Eastern Star Liberal Chapter #104 and Sword of Bunker Hill. He
was a former member of the Rotary Club of Liberal.
He was a Staff Sgt. with the Kansas National Guards from 1948-1957.
On Sept. 6, 1953 he married Reba Maxine Shank in Liberal, Kansas. She
Other survivors include
1 son Wendell Brent Smothermon and wife Judy Wichita, KS
1 daughter Jennifer Lynn Kirby and husband Gene Dodge City, KS
6 Grandchildren Wesley Smothermon and wife Cari, Brice Smothermon, Ryan
Kirby, Sarah Kirby, Taylor Smothermon Anderson and husband Carl and
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters Roberta Lee and Mae
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Monday April 28, 2014 at the
First United Methodist Church with Pastor David Randall presiding.
Burial will take place in Liberal Cemetery with Masonic Rites given by
Fargo Lodge #300 AF&AM.
Visitation will be held Saturday 1 to 8pm and Sunday 1- 5pm at Brenneman
In lieu of flowers and plants memorial Contributions may be sent to
SCCC/ATS Development Foundation or the First United Methodist Church in
care of Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com