It was a pleasure to have worked for Lank in the 1980s. He really kept me on my toes! My condolences to Scott and the rest of his family.
About five or six years ago I was at evening Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Port Isabel, TX. Since it was an unusually chilly day I was wearing my Notre Dame parka. After Mass a gentleman came up, introduced himself and asked if I'd played at ND.....
Lank and I became good friends; together with our Irish pastor Father Gerry Barrett we shared many ND football memories during the next few years...including Lank's punt return record at ND.
I had missed him the last winter or two...I'm glad that he had a peaceful ending to a long life of contributing to ND in so many ways...and while we were number 1!!
Our prayers will be with the family...
Dick Ehr, ND'54
I was so sorry to hear about Lank's passing. May God grant him eternal rest. I worked in the ND Alumni Office when he was putting together his collage on the "Greatest football team in Notre Dame's history." It was such a pleasure to talk with him as he would tell stories of his time at Notre Dame. He was such an avid fan of ND recruiting. Tried to keep him up to date and send him articles. He was right on the money when it came to picking the best players as is evident by our playing in the National Championship. I'm sure he'll be watching and hopefully praying for a favorable outcome! I had the pleasure of meeting some of his family members when they came in for a football game. Sherry Skinner is the one I remember. Really spoke well of his family. I know he will be missed, but you have to be comforted knowing that he was well loved.
Dear Smith family,
I would like to extend my sympathies to all of you. A friend sent me Mr. Smiths obituary and highlighted his football career under coach Frank Leahy. Frank is/was my uncle. Sincerely,
Jeanie (Leahy) Knudtson
Just wanted to send my respects to all of you - met Cousin Lank in Dallas years ago. I am granddaughter of Joseph Marion Smith of Springfield, brother to Lank's father "Bill" Lancaster Smith II. Keep in touch with KY cousins, May Lamotte and George Hoerter. Bless you all -
Marcia Mattingly in San Antonio
Sorry to hear of your family's loss.
My grandmother, Mrs. Samuel (Frances) Schuhalter was a secretary for Mr. Smith and Mr. Lindgren in the 1960's and 1970's. She admired how Mr. and Mrs. Smith raised such a large family and she marveled at how Sherry stood her ground surrounded by brothers. Our family sends our sympathy to your family. David Sigel (Dallas)
Dear Sherry, and all of the Smith Family, I know what a great man your dear dad was. Your precious mom and dad really did so much for me growing up, and I remember your whole family with great fondness and appreciation. My heart is with you all during this sad time. I wish I had known this in time to attend his funeral. Know that you are truly in my thoughts and prayers.
Sherry, sometime next year, please send me an email. I would love to reconnect with you.
As one of his players at Jesuit, Dallas, I was impressed and influenced by his deep passion for his faith, the game of football, and his strong committment to excellence in all endeavors. God will welcome such a fine gentleman with open arms.
He was my customer first and then a friend.
In 1993, when he learned my family's vacation in Galveston was canceled by the beach house owner we'd paid, Lank offered us free use of his family's South Pardre condo.
He was a great and unique man and I am blessed to have known him.
Dear Smith Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences and know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Love you Grandpa! You were a great man and great grandfather and you will be missed. Henson and Aubrey did not get much time with you, but we have a lot of wonderful memories and pictures to share with them. All my love always, and tell Grandma hi for me! Miss you guys, but you are in a better place than us!!! ~ Jacquelyn Skinner Compton (your first born granddaughter)
Sorry for y'all's lost if y'all need anything let us know.
i love you good morning dad.denny's gift card. 2013. drpepper.
happy new year. i am sorry
thinking of your family,our prayers are with you all.take care
STEVE, Sure am sorry to hear about Mr Smith....I know he was well thought of by the ones who knew him.
My family and I send all our prayers to all of the family for the loss of a great person.
Dear Cousins, I hope you all have a peaceful holiday surrounded by memories of your father, who lived such a long and rich life and served his family, faith, and community so well. I appreciate you keeping my mom, May LaMotte, informed and know she is feeling sad about her brother's passing. This football picture of Uncle Lank was always displayed in his room at 315 East Main Street in Lebanon, and it is how I think of him. Blessings to you all,
Mollie Simms Hoerter Washburne