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John Kiser (“Jack”) Smith

April 18, 1933 – February 2, 2021


Jack Smith, of Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jo Ann (Mihm), his son Scott, his grandchildren Amanda, Caitlin and Emily, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ed and Peggy Mihm and his nephews Jeff Mihm (Karla) and Chris Mihm (Wendy). He was pre-deceased by his sister Carolyn Coe Noonan (William) and his parents Paul and Gertrude Smith.


Jack was born April 18, 1933 in Kittanning, PA and due to his father’s military service, lived in numerous places, including Jamaica -- a time which spawned many of his favorite stories. When the family moved to the Pittsburgh area, he attended Mount Lebanon High School, where he met his bride-to-be. He began his college years at Purdue and Denison Universities and he graduated from Penn State University in 1959.


Jack and Jo were married November 17, 1956 and with Jack’s induction into the U.S. Army, they started their marriage in Nuremberg, Germany. After several years of military service they spent a year in State College, PA and then made their home in Upper St. Clair, PA where Scott was born in 1960. In 1967, Jack’s growing career in the investment banking business took the family to Cherry Hill, NJ.  During a career that spanned approximately 40 years, he was recognized in industry publications for his achievements in Institutional Research and Sales and he worked for a number of leading financial firms - - including Dean Witter Reynolds; Drexel Harriman Ripley; White, Weld & Co.; Merrill Lynch; McDonald & Company; and George K. Baum & Company. These opportunities included moves to Louisville, KY, Chicago, Ill, and finally to Kansas City, where Jack and Jo eventually retired.


Jack was a voracious reader and his extensive book collection highlighted several of his passions -- United States history, especially the World War eras, and the lives and roles of the presidents. Another passion was Penn State football and he followed the team closely every year. He was also a dedicated fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. And he diligently followed the academic and athletic successes of his granddaughters throughout their school years, calling them in Maryland to offer his encouragement and support.


Jack’s passing will leave an unmistakable void in the lives of his family. He was a loving husband; a supportive father, role model and a best friend to Scott; a cheerleading and proud grandpa to Amanda, Caitlin and Emily.  


There will be no services at this time. Memorial donations would be appreciated to the University Libraries Futures Fund at The Pennsylvania State University, Donor and Member Services, 2583 Gateway Dr., Suite 130, State College, PA 16801.


Additional Service:
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william eggers Feb 18 ,2021

long time freind ,orinda ,California

I knew Jack from HS days, Recall he was an excellent basketball player and probably could have played for a division 2 school. Jack was "one of the guys" and liked by all, girls included. In later years Jack was the self appointed "bonder" for getting the HS guys reunited by phone and email. Jack was a first class friend!