Karen Panter, President of Collier Abstracts, Inc., Smith Center, KS, is proud to be a licensed abstracter, along with being a title insurance agent and closer. Prior to being hired by Collier Abstracts, Inc. in January 1999, Karen worked for 8 years in the Smith County Treasurer’s Office and 4 ½ years in the Smith County Register of Deeds office, which proved to be very beneficial to learning the title business. Karen and her husband, Dean, purchased the business in August of 1999.
Karen has enjoyed the fellowship and support of KLTA members and values the resulting friendships. Having served as KLTA District Chairperson and on various KLTA Committees, including the Executive Committee, Karen looks forward to continuing to represent KLTA as an officer and welcomes your input.
Karen and Dean have been married for 34 years and they have lived for the past 25 years on the farm north of Athol where Kansas’ state song, “Home on the Range”, was written. Dean farms full-time and frequently does mechanic work in his farm shop. Karen helps out on the farm by being the “go-fer” (to get parts) and driving truck during harvest; she even bought a semi and trailer recently. She and Dean have 2 children. Their son, Eric, lives and works in Manhattan; and daughter, Dena Hiller (who works part-time at Collier Abstracts) and her husband, Zack, and son, Caleb live on a farmstead they recently purchased near the Panter farm.
Karen’s community involvement includes: having served as a teacher and Financial Secretary for First St. John Lutheran Church; a former USD #238 School Board member; and is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, all in Kensington. Also, she is a current member and previous officer of the Smith Center Rotary Club and past Financial Director for Stone Post Chapter of Thrivent Financial. Although there is limited time for hobbies, Karen has found she likes participating in trap and sporting clay shoots. Plus, she and Dean often host meals for their hunter-farm landlords and the occasional card party.