Keith L. Smulling, 84, Emporia: April 30, 1933 – June 2, 2017

EMPORIA, Kan. – Keith L. Smulling, 84, formerly of Osage City and Miller, Kan., passed away June 2, 2017, at his residence in Emporia, Kan. He was born April 30, 1933, southwest of Miller, the son of Wilbur Byron and Anna Mabel (Long) Smulling.

He graduated from Miller High School in 1951.

He was joined in marriage to Patricia “Patsy” J. Guy on Feb. 14, 1954. The couple traveled all 50 states together.

Keith worked in water and gas maintenance for the city of Osage City for many years. He also loved raising cattle. He was a faithful Kansas basketball fan to all the area teams and most importantly the Kansas Jayhawks.

He will forever be remembered by his sisters, Doris Gerstner, Emporia, and Donna Tucker, Bonner Springs, Kan., and seven nephews and five nieces. He will also be remembered by his long list of friends for his kindness and his loving smile.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patsy; brother, Wilbur Byron Smulling Jr.; and two sisters, Dorothy Sullivan and Darlene Sutherland.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 8, at the Miller Methodist Church in Miller. Inurnment will take place in Ivy Cemetery, near Admire.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Miller Methodist Church and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.


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