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Nels Smith

December 31, 1936 — April 4, 2020

Nels Adrian Smith, 83, of Mapleton, Kansas (formerly of Farlington, Kansas) passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020 at his home.  Nels was born December 31, 1936 in Farlington, Kansas to Victor Adrian and Julia Florence Elliott Smith.  He lived most of his life in the Farlington area.  He married Marian Joan Townsend on August 4, 1955 in Farlington.  She preceded him in death on June 23, 2014.  Nels worked as a carpenter for most of his adult life building homes and other construction projects.  He retired in 2000.  His true passion was the rodeo.  He loved participating in rodeos and practicing with his friends.  He was very proud to have introduced many young men to the sport of rodeo.  He was also an avid KU basketball fan.  In retirement, he and Joan purchased some land near Mapleton, Kansas and built their new home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant brother, Victor Dale Smith, his sister, Effie Mae Camp and his brother, Victor Elliott Smith.  Nels is survived by his children, Katharine (Ralph) Stegen, Charlotte (Bill) Hollomon, Mark (Anne) Smith and Stacey (Kenneth) Cline; grandchildren, Adriann Snow, Aaron Smith, Jessica Smith, Jené Bradham, Dana Humphrey. Ashley Smith, Andy Stegen, Lauren Cline, Garrett Cline, Brandy Williams and K.C. Cline and thirteen great grandchildren.  Memorial service will be held at a later date.  Online condolences are encouraged and  may be left at

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