Longtime Trustee Passes

Smith Kite, 1920-2010

Smith KiteSmith Kite (89), longtime preacher and friend of the college, passed away April 18, 2010. Kite served more than 40 years as an advisory board member and later as a trustee for the college. Born May 2, 1920 with his twin brother Haun, Smith was two weeks shy of his 90th birthday.

Smith went into fulltime ministry in 1948 and served for sixty-two years in eight churches in Texas, Kansas, Wyoming, and Nebraska. He preached in numerous gospel meetings across the U.S. and Canada as well as spoke at lectures and youth camps. He was the pulpit minister for the Church of Christ in Gothenburg, Nebraska at the time of his death. He and Mary, his wife of 70 years, have four sons: Terry, Syd, Paul, and David, nine grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren. Their grandson Derek Kite is the head coach of the track and cross country program at YC.

Smith, who was the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremony in 2008, told graduates, "Remember who you are. Live in such a manner that when you look into the eyes of Jesus, you will not be either ashamed or afraid."

Kite was never able to finish his college education because of his enlistment into World War II. However, at the end of his commencement address in 2008, he was surprised with a bachelor's degree from the college in the company of many members of his family who were able to take part in the hooding ceremony.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday afternoon at 2:30pm at the Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, www.blasestrauser.com, located at the corner of 10th Street and Avenue G in Gothenburg, NE.

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Memorials donations can be made to York College and sent to: Advancement Office,
1125 East 8th Street,
York, NE 68467
A notice of your gift will be sent to Mary Kite. 

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