Dr. Dennis smith
Dr. Dennis W. Smith, 72, passed away unexpectedly on August 30, 2017, in Overland Park, Kansas. Dennis was born on October 2, 1944, in Manhattan, KS and was the only child of Florence E. and Dr. John W. Smith. He was married to his beloved wife and high school sweetheart Janis for 52 years, until his death. Dennis grew up in Eureka, Kansas and graduated from Eureka High School in 1962 (where he and Janis were prom king and queen). He attended Kansas State University as a Putnam Scholar. In a feat he always attributed to his favorite high school science teacher (Louis Hayward), he quizzed out of Chemistry 1 and 2, as well as Biology, on the way to a degree in Veterinary Medicine (class of 1969). After college, Dennis practiced veterinary medicine with his father John (Doc Smith), in Eureka for 15 years. When he left veterinary medicine, he pursued a career path as varied as his interests. This included securities brokering, international medical sales (which took him around the globe, traveling to 5 different continents), veterinary practice management consulting, earning his MBA at Friends University, being a member of Mensa, and becoming a Master Sommelier.Learning and the application of his knowledge to relate and connect with anyone that crossed his path was his true vocation. Dennis had a genuine interest in the stories of others and how he could relate to them through sharing stories of his own. His zeal for life manifested itself in the way that he could turn the most ordinary moment into a special event. Intelligent, kind, empathetic and accepting are all words commonly used to describe Dennis by both those who loved him and those who were simply acquainted with him. However, the thing that will be missed the most is his good sense of humor. Although he was a unique soul in so many aspects---there was one way in which he was like every other Grandad on Earth, he thought his 4 grandsons were perfect and his joy in their successes was what filled his final days.He is preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife Janis, his children and his 4 grandsons – Tiffany and Greg Savage (Benjamin and Nicholas) of Lenexa, KS, Marc Smith (Max and Gus) of Overland Park, KS.A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 8th at 12:00 noon. The service will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church (Chapel) at 5400 W. 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS (use the east entrance, as the others are under construction).