Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in Smith Center

116 W 1st St Smith Center, KS 66967
(785) 282-6691

About Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary

The original two story building was built by Dr. Willis Cannon, a pharmacist/ doctor/ banker. J.H. (Harve) Rice purchased the building from Dr. Cannon to start his undertaking business. The facility has undergone three expansions since the original structure was built. In 1909, Fred Simmons bought the Gremmel Mortuary and furniture store in Kensington. In 1922, Fred Simmons joined in a partnership with J.H. (Harve) Rice and established the Simmons-Rice furniture store and mortuary in Smith Center. In the early 1920's an interest in the mortuary was sold to A.L. Cole who was a licensed undertaker when there was a need for more staff. In 1926, Mr. Cole sold his interest to Arel Olliff. In 1929, the firm bought the mortuary in Kensington and Arel Olliff moved over there to manage the location. In 1946, the Schultz Funeral home in Phillipsburg was purchased and Arel Olliff moved to Phillipsburg to manage that location. After years of partnerships made and Mr. Rice's passing, the funeral home took the name of Simmons Mortuary around 1946. At this time Smith county native Carroll Kirkendall was hired to run the Kensington location. Carroll managed Kensington until 1957 when he transferred back to Smith Center. Upon Carroll's move Fred and his wife built the house directly west of the mortuary. Also upon Carroll's move, Dale Lambert, another Smith County native, was transferred to run the Kensington location while Fred and Carroll took care of Smith Center. The evidence of Fred Simmons' being a successful entrepreneur was evident with the construction of buildings and improvements on the grounds where the funeral home sits. Fred Simmons passed away peacefully in 1967 after running his usual errands at the furniture store. While looking through history of the mortuary, Adam has always been amazed that the majority of the staff have been hometown people who the community trusted with good reason, Fred Simmons, Carroll Kirkendall, Dale Lambert, Jim Kirchner and Dane Scherling to name a few. There isn't a much better way to provide the local communities with the traditional service they deserve. Early 2007 brought new ownership of the mortuary to yet another hometown family. New owners Adam & Merissa Rentschler along with the hiring of another lifelong community member David Tharp, the tradition will continue with superior, honest, trustworthy and meaningful service.

Services offered by Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary

Burial Caskets: York Merchandising Systems (YMS) has earned The York Group, Inc. a national reputation for innovation in consumer research and merchandising in the death care industry. The system displays a carefully crafted assortment of closed quarter-sections of caskets, arranged so families can easily see a progression of value. The system also focuses on creating a warm comforting environment that helps consumers make a more informed purchasing decision. The selection of a casket is a very personal decision. Whether you prefer the warmth and natural beauty of a wood casket, a beautifully decorated metal casket in bronze, copper, stainless steel or steel, we have many options available. A Casket Price List is available anytime upon request. Our casket price list only shows the York caskets that we have in stock, but can make arrangements for any casket York has available. Burial Vaults: Even though there are no state or federal laws requiring the purchase of a burial vault, cemeteries may require some type of outer container to enclose the casket or urn and support the weight of the ground above the grave. Vaults are made of some type of metal, or concrete with a synthetic liner to add protection and peace of mind. By definition, a burial vault is sealed, and an outer container or graveliner is not. A Vault Price List is available anytime upon request. We are proud to provide Clark Grave Vaults which have a long history of quality and commitment.

If you are interested in preplanning your memorial, you can be sure your legacy will be secure and that you may have peace of mind. This location has proudly served the neighborhood with exceptional care for years and can help guide your family through memorial service etiquette, personalize your memorial, funeral costs, directions to cemeteries, guestbook, online obituary creation, and telling your life story.

Located in Smith Center, Kansas and 2.5 miles from downtown Smith Center, this business is in Smith County and assists the surrounding areas of: Harlan, Bellaire, Ash Grove, Macon, Farmers, Oak Grove, and Stuttgart.

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