WATERVILLE, Kansas — Leon “Dave” Smerchek, 61, died Saturday morning while riding his bicycle north of Waterville. He established and owned Titan Trailer Manufacturing businesses, headquartered in Waterville, the Marysville Advocate reported.
“He was an entrepreneur,” said Titan president and friend Rich Jensen, Manhattan, “with the wisdom to ensure all those around him had the opportunity to be successful in his own right.”
According to Jensen, Smerchek manually built his first stock trailer in 1986. Today, Titan Trailer Manufacturing employees 140 people and supplies a full line of steel horse, flatbed, utility cargo, stock and custom trailers to its network of more than140 dealers nationwide. Dealers also are in Canada and Australia.
“Titan Trailer, Titan West and Logan Coach are all businesses that Dave started throughout his life,” Jensen said. “They will continue on with the strong base he built. It will be up to us to remember all the stories, words of wisdom and jokes, but Dave Smerchek could never be forgotten.”
According to Marshall County Sheriff Dan Hargrave, a friend discovered Smerchek unresponsive on Fourth Road just north of Temple Road at about 8 a.m. Saturday. Officials presume a heart attack was his cause of death, but cannot be sure until autopsy results have been confirmed, Hargrave told the Advocate.
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