Jesse Don Smith, 46, of Russell, Kansas, died suddenly from diabetic complications on Friday, February 25, 2022, at the Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas.
A celebration of Jesse’s life will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, March 01, 2022, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas. Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Monday, February 28, 2022, with family to greet guests from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Monday evening at the mortuary.
Jesse was born on March 20, 1975, in Russell, Kansas, the son of Roy Smith and Meri Cathlene McLain. He grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in the class of 1993. He was united in marriage to Tina Sarver on July 8, 2006 in Hays, Kansas. From this union they were blessed with three children Ravyn, Ayden and D.J.Smith. Even though their marriage ended in divorce they worked hard together in raising their children. Jesse was also blessed with three grandchildren Thackery, Jayce, and Adelynn. Jesse was very interested in his Scottish and Indian heritage researching and displaying it in his home.
During high school he worked at the Dairy Queen until he graduated. For several years Jesse worked for Wheel Chairs of Kansas as a CNC programmer and operator, also operating their plasma laser equipment. His next job was working for Hutchinson Vending Company as a route driver in western Kansas. Recently he was working for the USD 407 Russell High School as a custodian. He enjoyed playing video games with his children, listening to his favorite music, playing guitar and singing. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and especially enjoying activities with his children.
Surviving family include his mother Cathy McClain of the home, his children Ravyn, Ayden and D.J. Smith all from Hays, Kansas; step brothers Gary McClain and wife Diana of Kansas City, Kansas and David McClain and wife Lorraine of Lawrence, Kansas and step sister Mary McClain of Hays, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his dad Roy Smith, step dad Dwane McClain and brothers Billy Smith, Keith Smith and sister Wendy Smith Cox also his grandparents and great-grandparents. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.