OBITUARY

Rae Ellen D. Pfeifer

March 5, 1938April 1, 2018

Rae Ellen D. (Strecker) Smith Pfeifer of Olathe, KS, passed away on April 1, 2018. She was born March 5, 1938, on the family farm of her grandparents, Emanuel and Ida (Ochs) Karst, southwest of Russell, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward August and Alverda (Karst) Strecker Mortimer. Rae’s father, Eddie was killed in an oilfield accident in l950, so she and her sister Mavis had to help support their family. Rae worked at the Dream and Mecca movie theaters, the City Dairy, and R.C Williams Trucking Company doing office work during her high school years. Rae graduated from Russell High School in 1956. She married Denton Smith in 1957. From that union came three sons: Dirk, Derek and Dustin. Rae and Denton later divorced. She worked for the federal government at Great Lakes Naval Training Base in Illinois, and also at Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University. From 1971 to May of 2000, she was secretary to two presidents: Dr. Gerald W. Tomanek and Dr. Edward H. Hammond, at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. In May of 2000, Rae retired after 29 years at FHSU. In August she married Herbert Pfeifer and moved to Olathe, Kansas, where they lived for l8 years. They spent time traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, California, North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and Florida to be with family. Rae is survived by her husband Herb, her three sons; Major General Dirk D. Smith and his wife, Mary, of Washington, DC; Derek Edward Smith and wife, Karen, of Charlotte, NC; and Dustin D. Smith and wife, Kristi, of San Francisco, CA; and a sister, Mavis Kingsley of Hays, KS. Rae valued her family above all else. She said: “They are the greatest gifts I have ever been given.” She had eight grandchildren: Kaycee, Lt. Garret, Jared, Khaner, Dawson, Deegan, Justin and Ruby Dae. She had one great-granddaughter, Kaeva, and one great-grandson, Levi. She had two stepchildren, five step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to FHSU Foundation, Rae Ellen (Smith) Pfeifer Graphic Design Scholarship. P.O. Box 1060, Hays, KS 67601.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 4th from 6-8 pm at the McGilley & Frye Funeral Home, 105 E. Loula, Olathe, KS. There will be another visitation on Thursday evening, April 5th at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell, KS. Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Russell, KS on Friday, April 6th. Please visit www.pvpmortuary.com for details. Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Following committal at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, family and friends are invited to return to St. John Parish Hall for lunch and fellowship. Fond memories and condolences may be shared at www.mcgilley-frye.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Herbert (Herb) Pfeifer, Husband
  • Major General Dirk D. Smith & his wife Mary, Son
  • Derek Edward Smith & his wife Karen, Son
  • Dustin D. Smith & his wife Kristi, Son
  • Mavis Kingsley, Sister
  • Edward August Strecker, Father
  • Alverda Karst Strecker, Mother
  • Rae valued her family above all else. She said: “They are the greatest gifts I have ever been given.” She had eight grandchildren: Kaycee, Lt. Garret, Jared, Khaner, Dawson, Deegan, Justin and Ruby Dae. She had one great-granddaughter, Kaeva, and one great-grandson, Levi. She had two stepchildren, five step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
  • DONATIONS

  • FHSU Foundation, Rae Ellen (Smith) Pfeifer Graphic Design Scholarship

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, April 6, 2018
REMEMBERING

Rae Ellen D. Pfeifer

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Paul Jenkins

April 4, 2018

Dear Herb, When I went into Hospice House on Monday, I learned that your wife had passed
away. Later I saw the obituary in the newspaper and my wife and I agreed that Rae Ellen was
a very attractive person, and I'm sure will be missed. I had planned to come out for the visitation tonight, but since I'm not feeling up to par (old age and a very bad cough), I'm sure you won't miss me.

As a result of my volunteer work at Hospice House, I am blessed to meet people like you. I hope that
after things quiet down and you can find a good time, perhaps we can get together for coffee or
lunch.

I will be with you in my thoughts and prayers. Much love, Paul

"Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones."

Janet Mathis

April 4, 2018

Herb, I saw Tom Scoffied's note out to the IS group this week on the passing of your lovely wife. I just wanted to send you my deepest sympathies. I know that this is a very difficult time for you & your family.
I will be keeping you all in my prayers for God's peace and comfort.
-Janet Mathis (former co-worker from Johnson County Community College)

Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

John & Lois Hoehn

April 3, 2018

All of us in the Johnson County Kansas DAV & Auxiliary #34 extend our condolences to you and all of your families. We know she will be greatly missed by all.

Barrett Boyd

April 2, 2018

At this difficult time in your life, we pray that God will grant you the peace that you need to get through this. May her soul rest in peace, I believe that God will accept her with open arms for all the good she has done while she was on this earth. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, through us, they live on. My condolences.

BARRETT bOYD

April 2, 2018

At this difficult time in your life, we pray that God will grant you the peace that you need to get through this. May her soul rest in peace, I believe that God will accept her with open arms for all the good she has done while she was on this earth. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, through us, they live on. My condolences.

FROM THE FAMILY