Mar 14, 1929---Jan 23, 2023

Daniel L. Smith, of Overland Park, KS, died peacefully on Jan. 23, 2023, at Villa St. Francis Catholic Care Center where he received excellent care the past two years.  

Born on March 14, 1929, in Richmond, VA, Dan was a devoted husband, father of five, grandfather of nine, and great-grandfather of ten.  An Eagle Scout as a teenager, Dan enlisted in the Navy after high school but was soon selected for the NROTC program and graduated from the University of Louisville.  Dan served as Captain in the United States Marine Corps in Korea, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for Valor.  Just prior to leaving the Marine Corps, Dan received his most prestigious award, the hand in marriage to his beloved “Patsy.” Together they raised five loving children while Dan supported the family with a long career in life insurance and financial planning.  

Upon retiring, Dan bought himself a Yamaha motorcycle at age 70 and rode all over the Kansas City area, proud that he was never in, or caused, an accident.  But more than anything, Dan loved to laugh, tell stories, gather family, play the organ, and watch reruns of Hogan’s Heroes.  His passions and hobbies were numerous, and included acting (Queen’s Players, Barn Players), flying, sailing, stamp and coin collecting, guns, photography, making and painting lead soldiers, and reading, to name just a few.  

Dan’s grandchildren affectionately called him “Papa,” and he played the most jovial Santa at family gatherings on Christmas Eve.  He was a true character, patriot and family man.  He will be missed.  

Dan was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Patricia, in 2010 and daughter-in-law Michelle Smith in 2011.  He leaves his children Mark Smith, Scottsdale, AZ; Susan Wilmore (Mike), Lenexa, KS; Jan Dumay, Overland Park, KS; Paul Smith (Debbie), Lenexa, KS; and Jim Smith (Mary Anne), Jacksonville, FL.

Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 7023 W. 71st St., Overland Park, KS with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m.  Graveside service with military honors will immediately follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 8300 Quivira Rd., Lenexa, KS.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Folds of Honor or Villa St. Francis Care Center.



Condolences

Teresa Hannon Jan 24, 2023

Friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

So sorry about the passing of Dan. He was such a wonderful man with a great sense of humor and certainly will bring his terrific personality to heaven now.

Claude M. Aldridge Jan 25, 2023

Same ,Olathe ,Kansas

Dan was always a gentleman. He never had a bad word for anyone. As an insurance agent in the same office for 7+ years, I was fortunate to spend time with Dan. Pat and Dan were a great couple .

Bruce and Carolyn Kapfhammer Jan 25, 2023

Cousin ,Fisherville ,Kentucky

Sorry for the loss of Dan. He was a great man. He was there when I gave 4 years to the Marine Corps. Kept me out of trouble at home. Was always upbeat and honest. Hope he is guarding the gates of heaven. Semper fi Dan.

Joe and Toni Kluck Jan 25, 2023

Friend ,Woodbury ,Minnesota

Jim and Mary Anne, Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We have made a contribution to FOLDS OF HONOR in honor of your dad. Love and prayers, Joe and Toni

Joni Blair-Baraban Jan 26, 2023

Friend ,Atlanta ,Georgia

Paul, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. It is so very hard. It sounds like he had a lot of love in his 93 years! I will be thinking of you and your family the coming days and will keep you in my heart. Joni

Donna Pflumm Jan 27, 2023

Mark & Family, I am very sorry to hear about the death of your Dad. He sounded like a very Great Man. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

Sue Kapfhammer Allen Jan 28, 2023

cousin ,Louisville ,Kentucky

Dear family, I am so sorry to hear about Dan's passing. I have many fond memories of Dan and Pat. You all are in my prayers. Love, Sue

Services

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Queen of the Holy Rosary
Address:
7023 West 71st Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66204
Date:
Jan 28, 2023
Time:
9:30 AM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Queen of the Holy Rosary
Address:
7023 West 71st Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66204
Date:
Jan 28, 2023
Time:
10:30 AM
Google Map: