Dan Smith - Lincoln KS
1/11/1926 - 2/5/2011
Lewis Daniel Smith was born on January 11, 1926, to Everett and Nannie (Lundstrum) Smith. He died on February 5, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Ellsworth.
Funeral services will be held at the Lincoln Community Church at 10:30 AM, Thursday, February 10, 2011, with the Reverend David Scott officiating. There will be a private family inurnment in the Lincoln City Cemetery at a later date. The register book will be available for signing at Hall Chapel on Wednesday, February 9th.
Memorials may be made to the Lincoln Senior Center, the Lincoln County Health Department or the Lincoln Community Church.
Dan was a son, brother, uncle, and a friend; he knew no strangers. He was born the second son of seven boys and one girl, on January 11, 1926, in Lincoln County. He graduated from high school in 1943, and was drafted into the Navy during WWII as an Aviation Electrician. After serving in the service and returning home, he worked several jobs: REA in Pratt, Kansas; George Doll Electric Company; and City of Lincoln, until retiring as Superintendent in 1989. Dan's knowledge of electrical wiring made him a popular friend and brother and he enjoyed helping someone out.
Since Dan never married, his nieces and nephews were a very important part of his life. Over Dan's lifetime he had many hobbies: rodeo contestant, breaking horses, rock hound, fishing and hunting. The family still has many of the rocks he brought home. Many times we heard him say he wished he still had a horse.
Dan enjoyed the local sports; he attended the summer baseball and high school football games. The following day after a baseball game he would ride his scooter out to look for foul balls. On one occasion, after a rain, he got his scooter stuck looking for baseballs; he waited until someone found him to pull him out of the mud. Dan put a lot of miles on his scooter, and the company that repaired and serviced it said he was the only one they knew of who went through several sets of tires.
Morning and afternoon coffee at the grocery store and down at Quik Way was a pastime he very seldom missed. He looked forward to hearing the latest news and he enjoyed the fellowship.
Dan loved the out of doors and often went coyote and coon hunting with his brother, Jim. One time they spotted a coyote and as they topped the hill in a pasture, they ran into a new barbed wire fence that the farmer had put up since the last time they had been there, tearing out a big section of fence and trashing the front of his truck.
It wasn't Halloween in Lincoln unless an outhouse was put up in the middle of the square and the culprits got out of town before being caught. The Smith brothers' stamp was on that prank even if they wouldn't admit it.
He told the story that when he was a young boy his Dad sent him and his brother, Delbert, on the horse over to their uncle Harry's to get a can of kerosene for the cooking stove. On the way home the kerosene splashed on the horse so they went home faster than they went over. By the time they got home, the can was empty and they had to make a return trip.
Seven boys could get into a lot of mischief. Dan, being one of oldest, talked his brothers into helping him push a horse buggy up a steep hill in the pasture, tied ropes on the axle to help guide it and they all jumped in and rode it down to the bottom, narrowly missing the pasture fence.
A brother was always fixing someone's car or truck in the back yard after some fender bender or break down. Several of the brothers started driving at the same time since most of them were only a year apart in age.