OSWEGO — Larry Mark Smith, 68, of Oswego died at 10:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at his home following an illness.
He was born Feb. 9, 1943, in Parsons to H.M. “Mike” and Helen Josephine (Fowler) Smith. He graduated from Parsons High School, where he played baseball and got involved in music. He co-founded the Lancer Dance Band, which was widely known in the Parsons area. He then began working for the Katy Railroad. In 1972 he moved to Nashville, Tenn., to work in the music industry. He returned to Kansas in 1981 and earned an associate degree in radiology at Labette Community College. He then worked at various jobs, including Oak Hill Hospital, Joplin, Oswego Hospital and various manufacturing plants.
He was a member of the Mother of God Catholic Church, Oswego, where he was in the Knights of Columbus, and he was a member of the Oswego/Chetopa Lodge. He was an accomplished guitarist and enjoyed singing and writing music. He also enjoyed spending time with the family and sitting down to read a good book.
He married Patricia A. Saffell on May 6, 1972, in Oswego. She survives.
Other survivors include two children, Mike and Sandy, from a previous marriage; two sons, Jesse (Suzie) Smith of Frontenac, and Nick Smith of Oswego; a daughter, Holly (Kenton) Jarman of Altamont; his mother-in-law, Rosa Saffell, Oswego; and three grandchildren, Olivia Smith, Conner Smith, and Jonah Jarman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Boitel; and a brother, Merrit Michael Smith, who died in infancy.
The funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Monday at Mother of God Catholic Church in Oswego with the Rev. Larry Parker officiating. Burial was in Oswego Cemetery. The rosary was recited Sunday afternoon at the church.
The family suggests memorials to a fund for Jonah Jarman’s autism therapy in care of the Derfelt Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left at www.derfeltfuneralhome.com.