May 25, 1922 - Dec. 28, 2007
WAUNETA -- Wayne Smith, 85, of Wauneta, died Friday (Dec. 28, 2007) at the Chase County Hospital in Imperial.
He was born May 25, 1922, in the Blanch Community north of Wauneta to Calvin Leland and Valetta (Hill) Smith. He attended Prairie Schnooner District 16 and 61 through the sixth grade. He began working at an early age driving teams of horses for his father and neighbors for 25 cents a day.
In 1939, he bought his first truck along with farm equipment and started in the custom business in the Blanch area and began his career as a custom farmer and trucking business owner and operator.
Over the years he operated a corn binder, picked corn, shelled corn, baled hay and worked for several different farming families, including Ellsworth Widger and Bernard O'Neil. He was also an active partner in custom farming with Worth Kanost. He continued his business operations until the age of 82.
He married Marie Jane Vlasin on Oct. 18, 1941, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wallace. They made their home in the Wauneta area, moving to their present home in 1961.
He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church of Wauneta and was a 4-H leader for the Range Riders for two years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Virginia Manning, Veva Jean Shores and Geraldine Browning; and step-brother, Roy Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Marie of Wauneta; daughters, Vesta Dack and husband, Dean of McCook and Dotty Bartels and husband, Gene of Wauneta; sons, Kenny and wife, Barb of Wauneta and Stan and wife, Vicky of Hickman; sister, Lela Washburn of Rock Hills, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be Thursday, 10 a.m., (MT) at St. John's Catholic Church in Wauneta, with the Rev. Val Bartak officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.
Visitation is today until 6 p.m., (MT) at Liewer Funeral Home in Wauneta. Rosary will follow at 7 p.m., (MT) at the church.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.