Ned D. Smith
Ned “Duane” Smith, 76, of Sheridan, passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the Billings Clinic. He was born on August 10, 1939, in Henrietta, MO to parents James and Darlene (Harrison) Smith.Duane grew up in Henrietta then lived in the Kansas City, MO area for 45 years until retiring to Sheridan, WY in 2003.He founded and ran several businesses including Automatic Systems, Inc. and Conveyor Tech, Inc., and was even in the cosmetics business with Zsa Zsa Gabor in the mid \'80\'s.Throughout his life, Duane was an entrepreneur, a businessman, an oilman, an inventor, horseman, pilot, world class hunter and amateur food critic with a long list of favorite restaurants around the world.He was famous for his BBQ ribs and other mouth-watering dishes. He immensely enjoyed cooking for family & friends and also generously donated his time and culinary skills in support of various philanthropies and fundraising events.A true Renaissance man, he began singing at funerals at the age of 8, designed and built unique light fixtures and chandeliers, wrote poetry and kept people laughing with entertaining stories about his personal experiences which included a lifetime of travel throughout all 50 states and across 5 continents.An avid sports fan, he closely followed the KC Royals & Chiefs and his granddaughters\' Missouri Tigers and USC Trojans.Duane was a very proud father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather who enjoyed talking about his family and he will be greatly missed by that family very much, as well as by a large contingent of friends and relatives throughout the world.Duane was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy (Bob) Waller of Liberty, MO, a brother, Jimmy June (Shirley) Smith of Richmond, MO, grandchildren, Rachael Waller of Los Angeles, CA, and Courtney (Matt) Robb of Kansas City, MO, great grandchildren, Colton and Jaxon Robb of Kansas City, MO, and his beloved “Little Dog, Toby.”Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Kane Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Forman officiating. A Service will also be held in Missouri at a later date.Memorials to honor Duane may be made to the Welch Cancer Center, Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation at P.O. Box 391, Sheridan, WY 82801.Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.