obituaries 18 December, 2013

smi31211Lilly B. Smith, 92, of Salina, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. She was born Dec. 9, 1921 in Shelbyville County, Missouri. Lilly was the best wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother anyone could imagine. She was loved dearly and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her father, William D. Strachan, her mother, Mabel Strachan and her sister Evelyn Strachan. Her survivors include her husband of 69 years, Ralph S. Smith, daughter, Kim Peppersack, son-in-law, Gene Peppersack, grandaughters, Holly Peppersack and Casey Reynolds, great-granddaughter, Kaylee Reynolds, great-grandson, Charlie Reynolds and brother, Bill Strachan.Cremation was chosen.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at Ryan Mortuary in Salina, Kansas. The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association.


Mary Lou Fox, 85, formerly of Salina, passed away Monday December 16, 2013. She was born January 15, 1928 in Wright County. Missouri, the daughter of Chloe and Sylvester McClanahan.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband; Charles F. Fox Jr.; her parents; and her brother, Bobby McClanahan. She is survived by a brother, John McClanahan of Dallas, Texas; her daughters, Jennifer White, of Thorton, CO, and Constance (Les) Howard, of Lenexa, KS. Her grandchildren are Stephanie (Rob) Moran, Skip White, and Ashley Howard; her great grandchildren are Addison Moran, and Kahli White. Mary Lou has two sisters in law; Dorothy Norburg of Mesa AZ, and Leona McClanahan of Salina, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at the Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Thursday, December 19th, 2013 from 4 until 8:00 pm. with the family receiving visitors from 7 until 8:00 pm. Graveside services will be held at 11 am. Friday, December 20, at Roselawn Memorial Cemetery, Salina, Memorials may be made to Telephone Pioneers , and VFW Post #1432 Ladies Auxiliary in lieu of flowers.


gre31212Eric Jason Greer (Big E) passed away at his home Thursday, December 12th, 2013. Eric was born April 11th, 1978 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to Larry and Barbara Greer.

Eric grew up and resided in Salina, Kansas. He attended Gleniffer Hill Elementary and his favorite teacher was Mrs. Pelechek 2nd grade. He later attended Roosevelt-Lincoln Jr. High and that is when he became our football star. He then attended Salina Central High School where he further honed his football skills. Eric loved playing football and baseball for the Central Mustangs. Eric graduated High School and also graduated Salina Area Vo-tech as a certified Auto Body Techinician. Although Eric’s main occupation was certified STUD, he remained in the Automotive Industry. Eric later became a Master Welder and took pride in his work.

Eric had many hobbies and always had to stay busy. He was always pushing the envelope in life. He raced motorcycles, raced cars at Salina Speedway, living life to the fullest. He enjoyed tinkering with his “61” Impala and helping out mom and dad with their needs, vacumming and doing chores that nobody else wanted to do. Basically, Eric was famous for doing the dirty work. He loved it. I know this obit is long and costing $4 per line, but that’s what he would’ve wanted. “MAKE IT RAIN UP IN HERE”! Eric was a sharp dressed man and made his presence known. Eric had many friends and he will be missed.

Eric was the baby out of us 5 kids; sisters, Laura Greer, Tonya Greer; brothers, Larry Greer II (Bub) and Garrett Greer aka “G”! Eric and Garrett were not only brothers, but also best friends, as they were so close in age. Eric is preceded in death by his nephew, Ryan Sonneberger, his sister, Laura Greer, his grandfather, Garrett J, Greer III, our father, Larry R. Greer and grandmother, Bernita Marie Greer. Eric has numerous nieces and nephews, Natashia, Jessica, Hollie, Torey, Joshua, Danielle, Rhiannon, Lil Eric, Meradeth, Darrian, Jordanna, Olliyana and many more but they’re not old enough to be mad at me for not mentioning (except for brother-in-law Greg Sonneberger and Patrick Daily).

I’m making this slightly humerous because that is what Eric would want. He was a very humerous person, always taking it too far. I’m also making it long for our brother, Garrett Jackson Greer IV, because he will be reading this from afar, I love you brother. Eric Greer will forever remain in our hearts and never be forgotten. Go with God my baby brother.

Funeral Service will be Friday, December 20, 2013 at Faith Free Will Baptist Church, Salina. Vistation will be Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Ryan Mortuary from 4-8pm with family receiving friends from 6-8pm. Memorials maybe made to Faith Free Will Baptist Church, Salina Christian Academy or to Wounded Warriors in memory of Larry Greer Sr.


Angela Nicole LaRue, 40, Minneapolis, died at her home on Monday, December 16, 2013. She was born August 23, 1973 in Salina to Larry and Betty (Dunham) LaRue.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1978 and her sister Nikkie in 1976.

Survivors include her daughter Joann Collins; mother Betty Dunham; sisters Mikkie LaRue and Susan Thornton; numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, December 30 at the First Baptist Church, Minneapolis. There will be no visitation. The family requests that memorial checks be made payable to the Wilson Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 166, Minneapolis, KS 67467 to offset expenses.

  • westside fred

    Add drug dealer to his great qualities. What a load of crap!

  • Jen

    Are they talking about the same Eric I knew? Drug overdose?