Frederick Stanford Smith, aka Buddy, age 78 of Louisburg, Ks., went home to Heaven May 21, 2011.
He was born December 5, 1932 in Kansas City, Ks., the son of Frederick Leeland and Matty Mabel (Clickenbeard) Smith. He graduated from Paola High School in 1950.
He married Janet Thomason July 11, 1999.
Over the years Fred held a variety of jobs. He started out working with his father in their family orchard. He served in the Kansas National Guard in Paola. He drove a food delivery route for Real Good Foods in Kansas. He also delivered cookies for Howell Biscuit Company out of Joplin, Mo. He worked at Smith and Loveless in Lenexa for many years. He worked for the city of Osawatomie at the water treatment plant. Some of the other jobs he held include the grocery store in Mound City and the Smith Liquor Store in Osawatomie.
Fred enjoyed traveling across the country. He was also an avid history buff. His Bible was a source of comfort and inspiration, especially in his last days. A special blessing to Fred and his family in his last days: a group of ladies affectionately named “The Angels of Autumn Place.” God is good, all the time!
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, and step-son Charlie. He is survived by his wife Janet; five children from a previous marriage: Connie Kaufman and husband Rick of Waverly, Ks., Bruce Smith of Michigan Valley, Ks., Diana Smith of Waverly, Ks., Mary Giraldo and husband Ray of Lisbon Falls, Maine, Scott Smith and wife Kerry of Spring Hill, Ks. He also leaves behind four step-children: Don Allen and wife Missy of Lansing, Ks.; Robert Allen of Paola, Ks.; Michael Allen of Garnett, Ks.; Shelly David and husband Kendall of Edgerton, Ks.
Fred also had ten grandchildren: Bradley Smith, Jeremy and Wendy Smith, Vince Carter, Laura, Sarah and Christopher Giraldo; Lincoln, Lilly and Regan Smith. He also had 7 step-grandchildren: Wesley and Nathan David; Andrew, Adam and Aaron Allen; and Lexi and Jacob Allen.
Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Monday, May 23 at Louisburg United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Donna Voteau presiding. Burial will follow in Osawatomie Cemetery, Osawatomie, Ks. Memorial contributions in Fred’s name are suggested to Miami County Cancer Society. Written messages may be left below for members of the family.
(Arrangements under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel chapel (816) 657-4400).