Bryan Smith, 45, of St. Paul, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at Via Christi Mt. Carmel Hospital in Pittsburg.
He was born March 31, 1967, in Parsons, to Lawrence C. and Katherine McAtee Smith. He grew up in St. Paul where he attended school and was a 1985 graduate of St. Paul High School. He then attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.
He was co-owner and employed at HMS Enterprises, Inc., of Brazilton. In his many duties for HMS, he traveled frequently to the company’s retail stores, and had operated the Carpet Plus Stores in Emporia, Kansas, and Grand Island, Neb., for extended periods, having lived in those cities for a time as well.
He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a past member and officer of the Emporia Jaycees and at one time had served as a leader in the local Cub Scout chapter. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Las Vegas; attending sporting events, going to casinos, and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs. He was a charter member of the Mid America Fantasy Football League and had won four championships.
He and Paula Wiatrak were married. They later divorced.
Survivors include one stepson, Preston Jacquinot of St. Paul; four brothers, Keith Smith and his wife, Becky of St. Paul; Mark Smith and his wife, Cheryl, of St. Paul, Scott Smith and his wife, Joni, of St. Paul; Robert Smith and his wife, Elizabeth, of Pittsburg; two sisters, Kim Spielbusch and her husband, Ed, of Parsons, Amy Lomshek and her husband, Eddie, of Pittsburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. The Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Church. The family will receive friends in the St. Francis Parish Hall at 7:30, following the Rosary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Paul High School Scholarship Fund or the Walnut Community Hall Fund. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com