Steven Craig Smelser

Steven Craig Smelser, “The Button Man” was born July 22, 1952 in Topeka and died February 4, 2014 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Steve was the Bert Nash 2011 Supported Employment Employee of the Year.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Smelser, Lawrence, sisters Sherrie Christian, Rossville, Deanna (Dee) Bisel, Lawrence, and brother Lyle Duane Smelser, Jr., Montrose Colorado and several nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside service will be held in the spring at Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, KS.

12 Condolences

  1. Gay Crawford on February 6, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Sherrie & Dee & Families: Sincere sympathy and prayers to you all. Take care. G

  2. Steve Mercer on February 6, 2014 at 7:55 am


    Sorry to hear of Steven’s passing. It’s been many years, about I remember them well. Our prayers are with you and your family.


  3. Don Sloyer on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Dee, very sorry to hear of your brothers passing. Will be thinking of you and pray you will be at peace. Don & Gail Sloyer

  4. Mary Hacker on February 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    So Sorry to the family of the button man! He was the sunshine on a grey and cloudy day for everyone and especially the ones he sold buttons to. Will always remember him as a polite and caring individual. Love to you in your sadness and may he be in the sweet arms of the Lord.

  5. Martha and Steve Preston on February 6, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Our sincere condolences to your family for the loss of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Love, Martha

  6. Clara Holladay on February 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Steve, You will be missed.

  7. Bum Steer Diner on February 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Dear Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Steve aka Buttonman will be greatly missed at our little diner that he brought so much life too. He has many friends that have missed him in the past month and will always be remembered on our menu

  8. Chris Ford on February 7, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I greatly appreciated Steve for his friendliness, jolly spirit, never-ending iced tea, and eagerness to talk with others. The Button Man was one of a kind. My thoughts and heartfelt condolences to Dee and the rest of the family.

  9. Ron Miller on February 7, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Sorry for your/our loss, Steve was one of a kind, with a wonderful spirit. I will think of him every time I select some peanut chicken at the King Buffet.

  10. Mary Coppedge on February 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I always enjoyed working with The Button Man at Eudora Nursing Center craft sale, he always brought sunshine to day. Steve always had new ideas with his buttons and a
    big smile will miss him much

  11. Dottie on February 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Sending my love to you and all of Steve’s friends and family. He will be missed. We shared a love of iced tea– the more the better. I remember the times he visited us in California. He loved us and that love will continue with us forever.

  12. Linda (Hunter) Hanshaw on February 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Dorothy, Duane, Deanna and Sherrie,

    It has been a really long time but I remember Steve and all of you.

    So sorry Steve has passed away.

    I would really love to hear from any or all of you. You were a good part of my childhood.

    Sincerely, Linda

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