The Class of 1969 Celebrate 50 Years - Roma Swanson Smith


Immediately after graduation, I enrolled at C. E. School of Commerce in

Omaha & I graduated in November of 1969. After Ken returned from

Viet Nam, we were married in October 1970. We moved to his family

farm near Ithaca in 1973. In 1977 our son, Heath, was born. I enjoyed

being a stay at home mom for several years.

In 1984 I was diagnosed with MS & it forced me to resign my position as

Deputy Register of Deeds. At that point I delved into my music. I

enjoyed playing for rodeos & major horse shows across mid America.

I taught piano lessons to hundreds of kids for over 20 years in Wahoo,

but I could never teach my son! We partnered up in 2002 doing karaoke

& in 2004 we transformed into wedding venues & dances. We had a

good 10 year run & now donate our time to charitable events. Our

trademarked name became ‘SMITHACA’ which is Smith & Ithaca


In 1988 I ran for a position on the Wahoo Public School Board & served

5 terms--20 years. In 2012 I was asked to serve on the WPS Foundation

board, which I remain on today.

Ken was a full time farmer & also worked full time-4-midnight, for the

City of Lincoln Street Department. In May of 2001, he was hit & crushed

to death by a drunk driver on 56 th & O while working. Unbelievably the

man that killed him was from Wahoo. The day of his funeral was the

day our son was to graduate from Wesleyan. We had been married

almost 31 years.

I have 3 wonderful grandchildren, ages 7 to 20 & I enjoy spoiling each

one! They do keep us young!

Can’t believe it’s been 50 years…looking forward to our reunion!

Kate DeCoste