OBITUARY: Frank J. Smith

Frank J. Smith, 90, died Sunday March 22, 2020, at Newton Medical Center.  He was born Dec. 22, 1929, in Newton, to Frank P. and Anna K (Kluge) Smith.

On Oct. 25, 1966, he married Patricia Corber at Topeka, and she survives of the home.

Frank was a lifelong resident of Newton and a graduate of St. Mary School. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean era 1951-1953. Frank retired from the former Santa Fe Railroad where he was a locomotive engineer.  He was a member of and served on the Railroad Union. He was a life member of the VFW and also a member of the American Legion.

Frank was known for his large vegetable garden he enjoyed tending, and he also did carpentry. Frank looked forward to time with his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, and will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of the home; daughters, Lorraine Leaf and Vicki (John) Daniel; and sons, Terry Smith and Matthew (Beth) Smith. He also is survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents; son, Larry Smith; daughter, Linda Didier; brothers, Edward who died in WWII and Charles Smith, and sisters, Elizabeth Partridge and Edna Prouty.

A private family committal service will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery with the Rev. Nicholas Voelker presiding. A memorial Mass will be scheduled for a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Caring Hands Humane Society, in care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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