Monte Arthur Smith, 72, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away on August 19, 2019 at home. Funeral Services will be held at Lakeland Community Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:00pm. Visitation will be from 6:30-7:00pm at the church. Burial will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Osceola, Iowa at 1:00 pm in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to The Disabled Veterans or Wounded Warrior Project.
Monte was born in Iowa City, Iowa on October 5, 1946. He was an employee of Centranz Inc. in Buckner, Missouri where he worked for a life-long friend, Ellis Gorden.
Monte’s passions in life were flying airplanes, riding his motorcycle, and driving his Cobra. He loved to travel, spend time with friends, and celebrate life’s little things. A man of few words at times, yet always offering truthful counsel when asked for it. A loving husband, a wonderful father to two fur babies, Harry and Truman. He was a dear friend to many.
Monte was a student of Graceland College, then drafted into the Army where he remained on active duty for 3 years in the US Army serving in Vietnam and Germany. Monte attended Wentworth Military School for 2 years prior to his service.
Monte was a private pilot, a flight instructor, and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was a member of the Mitchell Flying Club and the Kansas City Cobra Club.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wendall Arthur Smith. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Konomos; his mother, Elleen Eddy Wheatley; his stepson Toby Konomos; son-in-law, Todd McClung; four step grandchildren, Chase, Erin, Brett Konomos, Jack McClung; and two fur babies, Harry and Truman.