John F. Smith, known as "Jack", 87, Lansing, Kansas, died Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation in Kansas City, Kansas.

John F. Smith, known as "Jack", 87, Lansing, Kansas, died Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation in Kansas City, Kansas.
He was born, Dec. 27, 1931, to Thomas E. and Irma (Schaede) Smith, Sr. at the farm, settled by his great-grandfather, Peter Smith, in 1865, southeast of Yates Center, Kansas.
After attending-South Star and Kalida rural grade schools, he graduated from Yates Center High School in 1949. He received a B. S. Degree in Agricultural Administration from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, in 1953 and a Master of Extension Education Degree from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado in 1970.
As he had been in Reserve Officers Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) at K.S.U., after college he served in the U.S. Army (Infantry) from 1953 to 1955. He attended the R.O.T.C. Summer Camp in 1952 at Fort Benning, Georgia. After being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant he attended the Basic Infantry Officer Course at Fort Benning. His active duty military service was accomplished at Camp (now Fort) Carson, Colorado where he attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He then served in the Army Reserve until his honorable discharge in 1961.
From 1956 to 1959 he was Assistant County Extension Agricultural Agent, working in the Balanced Farming and Family Living program in Atchison Co., Kansas. He served in Leavenworth County, Kansas as County Extension Agricultural Agent, from 1959 until his retirement, Dec. 31, 1986.
After retirement he kept track of the approximately 40 Kansas Champion Trees that Leavenworth County nurtures. Periodic measurement updates were necessary for those surviving storms, human-caused losses and natural decline.
His interest in Champion Trees began in the 1970's as Dutch Elm Disease decimated the native elms which had been common along streets and around homes dependent on them for shade.
He was an Elder of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Leavenworth, Kansas and served in various other capacities in the church.
He had been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Leavenworth, Kansas since 1978 and edited the club newsletter from 1986 to 2007. Prior, he had been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Leavenworth, 1959 to 1976, serving a term as President.
He enjoyed living at Twin Oaks Retirement Community, Lansing, Kansas, and in 1996 started a recycling program to enable residents to take part in resource conservation.
Travel was a favorite vacation activity, as he visited all 50 states and 68 foreign countries.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Thomas E. Smith, Jr. and brother-in-law, William W. Poirier.
Survivors include his sister, Kathryn A. Poirier, St. Louis, Missouri and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Smith, Yates Center, Kansas; three nephews, Rory Smith, Yates Center, Brian (LeaAnn) Smith, Yates Center and Wally Poirier, Chicago, Illinois; three nieces, Penny (Tim Smith) Poirier, Cincinnati, Roxanne (Bret) Ebberts, Topeka, Kansas and Lise (Dan) Herren, St. Louis, Missouri; a grandnephew, Amos Smith (Chandi Dewitt), Yates Center; two grandnieces, Shyla (Greg) Schultz, Yates Center and Tyler Poirier, Cincinnati; one step-grandnephew, Dane and Maggie, daughters, Lucy and Lilly Johnson, Yates Center; four great-grandnephews, Corbin Schultz, James Schultz, Hank Schultz Yates Center and Pody Smith, Yates Center; a great grandniece, Lauren Schultz, Yates Center and two step-great-grand nephews, Cade DeWitt and Camdon DeWitt, Yates Center.
Visitation will be on Wednesday July 10, 2019 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church, Sixth and Seneca Streets, Leavenworth, Kansas. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday July 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church, Sixth and Seneca Street, Leavenworth, Kansas. Graveside service will be at the Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Kansas on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at noon.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, Board of Church Extension, to assist congregations in developing their facilities.
Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel.