George Woodson Smith
George Woodson Smith was born October 28, 1952 in Tucson, AZ. His father was career military, so George lived in many states as well as living in Hawaii before it was a state!
George was valedictorian of the Knob Noster High School class of 1970. He attended the University of Missouri in Columbia and earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering. While at Mizzou he met Kathryn Redd and they were married December 28, 1975.
George served on Admiral Hyman Rickover’s staff as a nuclear engineer for five years from May 1975 to May 1980. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in February 1980 and took disability retirement.
In May 1980, George and his wife Kathy moved back to Kansas City to be close to family. George worked as an engineer and later as a computer programmer until 2005. In March 2009 he moved to the Community Living Center at the Leavenworth VA. He died September 9, 2019 of complications from his multiple sclerosis.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Mayo and Halena Smith of Knob Noster, MO. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, of Kansas City; his sister, Mary Grace Baldwin (husband Richard) of Altus, OK, and his brother, Everett (wife Susan), of Locust Grove, GA; three nieces, one nephew, a great nephew, a great niece, and a host of cousins.
One of George’s cousins stated in an e-mail that she loved his sarcastic wit and wicked sense of humor. He amazed many of us with his recall of things he had learned and read years ago. Among the things he enjoyed were traveling while he was well, creating and hearing bad puns, collecting coins, depression glass, and antiques, working crossword puzzles, and playing cards and other games to keep his mind stimulated. His knowledge, wisdom, wittiness and insight will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
ServicesCelebration of Life Service for George SmithWhere: The Clubhouse at Teetering Rocks Links12040 E 86th St.Kansas City, MO 64138
When: Saturday, September 21 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
There will be a short service starting at 2:30 pm. Feel free to drop by between 2:00 and 2:30, come for the service at 2:30, or both. Everyone is welcome to come, but no one should feel obligated! The service will include the opportunity to share your favorite memories of George. I hope those of you who knew him will “speak up” and share with my neighbors who never had a chance to know him.
Dress is casual: Feel free to wear Chiefs gear or a t-shirt that supports your favorite college team!
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that builds comfort homes where military and veteran families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital:
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
12300 Twinbrook Pkwy, Suite 410
Rockville, Maryland 20852