Andy J. Smith
January 31, 1969  -  May 14, 2017

Andy J. Smith


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Andy Smith Family College Fund c/o Community National Bank
125 North Penn Ave.
Independence, KS  67301

Andy J. Smith, 48, of Elk City, Kan., passed away at his home at 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2017, after a lengthy illness.
Cremation has taken place by Potts Funeral Chapel of Independence, Kan. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Field House on the campus of Independence Community College.
Andrew Joe Smith was born on Jan. 31, 1969, to Joe and Peggy Smith in Fredonia, Kan. He graduated from Fredonia High School in 1987 and went on to spend four years at Pittsburg State University before graduating in 1991. During his time in Pittsburg, he worked at Pitsco Company until he eventually returned home to be part of the family ranch in 1998.
In September, 2000, Andy married the love of his life, Valerie Kirsten Davis, and they spent more than 16 years together as the parents of three sons — Hayden Drew (12), Heston Dean (8) and Holton Daniel (6).
Andy was a member of the Buxton Christian Church of Fredonia, Kan., and was the secretary/treasurer of Sycamore Springs Cemetery. A devoted husband and father, he loved to turkey and deer hunt, attend Wichita State Shocker basketball games, and spend time coaching his oldest son in football, baseball and basketball. He spent much of his time on the family ranch doing work with cattle, but he also enjoyed cooking for family and friends.
In 2006, Andy returned to his alma mater as an assistant boys’ basketball coach at Fredonia High School. He spent four seasons (2006-10) as an assistant under his friend, Marcus Lanning, before taking over as head coach of the Yellowjackets for four seasons from 2010-14. He eventually joined his friend Marcus once again in the fall of 2014 as an assistant boys’ coach at Independence High School. After being diagnosed with Metastic non-small cell stage IV lung cancer in September, 2015, he stepped away from coaching to focus on his health. But that passion for coaching remained and kept him fighting throughout his illness, allowing Andy to return to the Bulldog bench during the 2016-17 season. Andy enjoyed every minute of his coaching career as he was able to help develop his players not only into better athletes but also mature young men.
Even during his illness, Andy continued to focus on family and was able to take two trips to Hilton Head Island and Walt Disney World in Florida.
Andy is survived by his wife Valerie, of the home; three sons, Hayden, Heston and Holton, all of the home; his parents, Joe and Peggy Smith; sister Lori Oneal and her husband Ryan; and niece Lindsey.
A college fund in honor of Andy has been established for his three sons. Donations can be sent to the “Andy Smith Family College Fund”, c/o Community National Bank, 125 N. Penn, Independence, Kan., 67301.

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  1. Kim Goodman
    Independence, KS

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys Valerie. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

  2. Cari (Savedra) Shutte
    Fredonia, KS

    Andy was an AMAZING Coach,Friend,Husband,Father. He is going to be TRULY MISSED.

  3. Rachel Westhoff Vanzant
    Joplin, MO

    I met Andy at Pitt and we started our careers together in accounting at BKD and then at Pitsco. Andy had a passion for everything he did and was smart, hardworking and well respected. Attributes he learned from working the ranch growing up. However his heart was always tugging at him to return to the ranch and be outside. I was happy to hear he got to live out his dream of ranching and coaching, but number one being a dad! He was a supportive friend and co-worker and I will miss his smile and passion for life. May we all carry him in our hearts and may the peace and strength of the Lord carry his family through the days ahead without him. RIP Ange.

  4. Harriet & Dewayne Powell
    Amarillo, TX

    Peggy & Joe,
    We are sad to hear of Andy's passing. He was always a polite young man when we knew him as a teen. Please know you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel God's comfort and blessings in the days to follow.
    Harriet & Dewayne Powell

  5. Brenda L Shank
    Salina, KS

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy's family and the rest of the class of 87 as we lay to rest another classmate.

    You're wings were ready...Our hearts were not!

    RIP Andy!

  6. Linda Tweedy
    Independence, KS

    Prayers for your family as you begin life without Andy. Cherish the memories!

  7. Sheo Villasmil
    Independence, KS

    Amazing dude , and the biggest handshake ever

  8. Mike & Joanne Smith
    Independence, KS

  9. Donna Stucky
    Fredonia, KS,

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Andy was one of a kind. Our family enjoyed the many times, during his youth, Andy would stop at our house and play basketball with the kids. He always had a smile for you. He will truly be missed. Hugs and prayers to all.

  10. Donna Stucky
    Fredonia, KS,

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Andy was one of a kind. Our family enjoyed the many times, during his youth, Andy would stop at our house and play basketball with the kids. He always had a smile for you. He will truly be missed. Hugs and prayers to all.

  11. Alex Wilson
    Fredonia, KS

    My prayers go out to you and the boys Valerie. Coach Smith played a huge role in my life and he will be deerly missed!

  12. Wanda Erbe
    Fredonia, KS

    I'm so sorry for your loss. He was an awesome person

  13. Angela Jones
    Independence, KS

    Andy was one of the nicest guys you will ever come across. I thank him for his calmness attitude he had in coaching my son. He inspired my dad struggling daily with his recent stroke, when Andy was struggling through his own battle. I will miss him and had been looking forward to seeing him on the sidelines attending to Hayden's & the boys career. God had another plan for hm. As we all know, he always takes the best. Prayers for Val & the boys. Valerie stay strong my friend. Love & strength to you & the family.

  14. Wilbur and Veva Schwatken
    Elk City, KS

    We are so sorry. We have know Andy since a little boy. Our kids went to school with Andy and Lori. He will truely be missed.

  15. Wilbur and Veva Schwatken
    Elk City, KS

    We are so sorry. We have know Andy since a little boy. Our kids went to school with Andy and Lori. He will truely be missed.

  16. Marie Starmer
    Fredonia, KS

    Peggy, hugs and prayers to your family.

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