Kenneth (Kenny) M. Smith
February 20, 1939  -  July 26, 2017

Kenneth (Kenny) M. Smith

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Potts Chapel
122 South Penn Ave.
Independence, KS  67301
Friday, July 28, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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First Christian Church
Indpendence, KS  67301
Saturday, July 29, 2017
10:00 a.m.

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Open Arms (First Christian Church)
Independence, KS  67301

Kenneth M. Smith (Kenny), 78, of Independence KS passed away Wednesday July 26, 2017 at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center.
Kenny Smith was born February 20, 1939 to Lerch Jay Smith and Ethel May Smith. He grew up in Neodesha Kansas and attended Neodesha Primary schools, later graduating from Neodesha Senior High. Kenny married Shirley Cooper June 24, 1967 and made their home in Independence Kansas where He worked as a mechanic at the local Ford Garage, later starting work at the Cement plant. Kenny retired from ACC in 2003. He was an active member of the First Christian Church.
The family will receive friends 5-8 pm Friday July 28, 2017 at Potts Chapel. Celebration of life will be reverend by Mark Lyon at 10 am July 29, 2017 at First Christian Church of Independence Kansas under the direction of the Potts Chapel
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, sons Steven Smith (Sycamore, KS), Kyle Smith (Iola, KS), and grandson Shane Smith (Sycamore, KS). Survivors include Wife Shirley Smith (Independence, KS), Children Jay and Cindy Smith (Grove, OK) Sharlene and Gene Lewis (Winfield, KS) and Michelle Smith (Sycamore, KS). Kenny ‘s grandchildren include Jami and Ryan Boydston (Kansas City, MO), Miranda and Ian McKellar (Salina, KS), Rebecca and Evan Brown (Winfield, KS), Shelby Smith (Sycamore. KS), Emily Lewis (Winfield, KS), Dallas and Toni Merritt, Wesley Merritt, and Ashley Jordan.
In leu of flowers, the family requests donations go to Open Arms at First Christian Church and contributions may be left at the Potts Chapel.


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  1. Cindy (Bracken) Buck
    Rutherfordton, NC

    I'm so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. Peace to you, Shirley...and to each of you who are grieving this tremendous loss. I hope sweet memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead. He was a good man.

  2. Steve and Carol Beck
    Independence, KS

    Shirley our love, prayers, and condolences go out for you and all your family. My best memory is of Kenny standing up for his right to hold your hand in the hall ways at work. You know that is true love.

  3. Dorothy Whitaker
    Independence, KS

    Shirley,Sharlene and family,my deepest sympathy. Kenny was the nicest and friendly man. My thoughts are with you.

  4. Linda Tweedy
    Independence, KS

    Kenny was the guardian of the neighborhood! We've only lived here a few months, but really have enjoyed being neighbors with Kenny and Shirley. He is already missed!

  5. Gloria McCoy
    Independence, KS

    With heartfelt sympathy, praying for the family. Love to you all.

  6. Kristina J Zinn
    Independence, KS

    Our deepest sympathy for the Smith family for their great loss. Many thoughts and prayers for you all!

  7. Angela Henderson
    Independence, KS

    My deepest condolences for the family, may God send a comforting spirit for you all, he was a very friendly neighbor.

  8. Mark & Shelley Wilson
    Cherryvale, KS

    Shirley & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a terrific guy and there was never a dull moment with Kenny around. We are sending all of you our thoughts and Prayers during this difficult time. Love Mark & Shelley Wilson

  9. Barbara Smith Lundquist
    Lindsborg, KS

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  10. Elton & Marilyn Botts
    Afton, OK

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers and hugs

  11. TINA & James Robbins
    Wichita, KS

    Shirley and Family.We are so saddened to hear of Little Kenny's passing.He was a great man and very fun to be around he will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.MayGod give you all the strength and all of our prayers to help you through the loss of your Husband,Father & Grandfather.MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Sincerely Tina (Sloniker) Robbins& James Robbins.

  12. Kitty Young Miller
    Independence, KS

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with your family. Prayers and hugs.

  13. ken young
    Independence,, KS

    So sad. Always greeted you with a smile and a friendly handshake. One of the good guys, he will be missed.

    Ken Young

  14. Don and Rose Jesseph
    Independence, KS

    Sorry for your loss. Prayets for the family.

  15. Peggy and Jerry Norton
    Cherryvale, KS

    Was so shocked when I saw this, our deepest sympathy to Shirley and family. Prayers to all of you

  16. Jim devore
    Independence, KS

    So sorry

  17. Randy Williams
    Thayer, KS

    Wow, can't believe this. So truly sorry. Prayers for the family.

  18. Tracy collins
    Independence, KS

    Will be miss nobody to talk to about are neighbors around us he really kind a person he like his yard clean

  19. Colette Vineyard Troutman
    Independence, KS

    You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Henry Williams
    Independent, KS

    God bless your family

  21. Henry Williams
    Independent, KS

    God bless your family

  22. Towanna Watson
    Independence, KS

    Sending my prayers and love. Hugs!!

  23. Lori Piatt. Kelley
    Kansas City, KS

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  24. Linda & Jim Matthews
    Independence, KS

    So sorry to hear about Kenny's passing. He always had a smile and a friendly greeting where ever we saw him. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. Keep the faith and God will lead you through this chapter of your life. HUGS!

  25. sandy basler
    independence, KS

    so sorry for your loss.

  26. Rhonda Ashford Elliott
    Independence, KS

    I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  27. Linda Toomey McCullough
    Centerton, AR


  28. Jerry Bright
    Independence, KS

    Kenny was a wonderful man i9 was proud to call him my friend he will be missed by many.

  29. Jack L. Reddick
    Independence, KS

    So sorry to hear about Kenny.. was a fine man great friend.

  30. Sandy Alspaugh
    Cherryvale, KS

    So very sorry for your loss. I will have your family in my prayers.

  31. Jerad and Hali Schultheiss
    Independence, KS

    We are more than heartbroken at this sudden news. We have many, many fond memories of sharing dinner conversations with Kenny and Shirley at Down Home. We have always enjoyed your company and will sorely miss you Kenny!

  32. Debbie Mavers
    Independence, KS

    Tom and I are so sorry for your loss. Kenny was such a nice guy. He will be missed by many.

  33. Lauri Henisey Zimmerman
    Independence, KS

    So very sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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