KENNETH LEIGH SMITH
Kenneth L. Smith, age 79 of Faribault passed away peacefully at his home on September 15, 2013 after an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Faribault, with the Reverend Daniel Mead officiating. Interment will be held in Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.
Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Friday, September 27, 2013 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Kenneth L. "Ken", the son of Afton and Rayma (Jewell) Smith was born on December 31, 1933 in Dorset, MN. He graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1951. Later, he attended Bethel College, St. Paul, MN and he traveled and sang with the Bethel Quartette, The Singing Ambassadors. Ken married Violet M. Arvidson on September 10, 1955 in Parkers Prairie, MN, she preceded him in death on July 28, 1992. Ken then married Pamela J. Meyer on March 3, 1995 in the Little Brown Church in IA. Kenneth worked for NSP for 22 years, while operating his hobby farm with the family. He owned and operated Triple T Welding, sold for Fuller Brush and was a rural carrier for the U.S. Post Office for over 16 years. Ken was very involved with the AWANA childrenís ministry, Sunday school, music ministry and the Faribault jail ministry. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed water sports such as sail boarding and water skiing. He also enjoyed winter sports such as skiing and snowmobiling and liked hunting, fishing, camping and flying his ultralight plane.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Pamela; children, Sue (Mark) Bauer of Faribault, Scott (Ruth) Smith of Waconia, Bryan (Melissa) Smith of Prior Lake and Brenda (Bill) Ullom of Wellington, CO; daughter in law, Wendy Smith-Becker (Tim Becker); step-children, Matthew (Tara) Meyer of Alta, IA, Daniel (Jolene Pemrick) Meyer of Faribault and Kristina Meyer of Faribault; 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren; two sisters, Kathleen Coker of Murphy, NC and Lynette (Keith) Butler of Itasca; and brother-in-law, James Drown of Parkers Prairie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Violet; son, Timothy Smith and a sister, Alice Drown.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be made to Samaritanís Purse,www.samaritanspurse.org.
Name: Bruce and Bonnie Linafelter
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Pam and Family: We were very saddened to learn of Ken's passing. Thinking of Ken brings back a flood of very good memories of our 10 years in Faribault. Most of them are associated with music. From my first day of directing the choir, I was always inspired by his natural singing voice and ability. Sometimes I made Ken a little nervous by the challenging solos that I presented him to sing. He always worked hard and came through with great performances. I think the only time Bonnie wasn't happy with Ken was a certain Sunday afternoon. I can't remember why but I had to come out to the house to pick up something. It was a beautiful day and Ken asked me if I wanted to go for a ride. I agreed before I knew the ride was in his ultralite. We had a great time. Ken gave me a few exciting moments but I knew he was in control. I figured Ken enjoyed living as much as I did and would not do anything that would put us in danger. When I got home and told Bonnie about my adventure, she wasn't so sure, but she got over it. Losing someone is never easy, especially for someone like Ken who loved life so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Name: John Parks
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Sue and I were in the Faribault area from 70-74. Ken taught me how to arc weld and how to run a cutting torch. We were driving junkers for cars and he introduced me to Leo DeGroot. We were remembering the other night about two different trips to the boundary waters. The 1st one was with the whole family. Highlights: rain every day, concentration under the plastic, 3 flat tires, fish. The second trip was just the guys, Highlights: big waves coming in the canoe, making it by a windy corner when no body else did that day, Brian's eye swollen shut from mosquito bites, canoe held in fast river by under current,fish. We went in my volkswagen square back and on the trip home the drive splines for one of the wheels stripped out in Duluth, we found some allen wrenches and drove them into the gaps and made it a little farther down the road, I think we spent the night in a parking lot in Hinckley. I was towing one of my junker cars to Leo's, I stopped at the farm on the way and Ken said " your not going to give him those good tires are you " so we changed a couple of tires and that is when I learned you could screw a sheet metal screw into a hole in the tire and it would hold air. Sorry I couldn't be there, Praying for you all Love John and for Sue
Name: Laura Jones
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
It was my pleasure to care for and share the time that I had with your husband, father, grandfather, uncle, sibling or friend. As I'm sure you would desperately agree the time spent with him was full of laughter and pleasant conversation. I knew Ken for such a short time but felt we had been acquaintance for some time. Even when he was not always maybe feeling so good he always invited me in with a warm welcome. May God grant you peace, love and support while you his family and friends celebrate his life an the days to come. Respectfully Yours Laura
Name: Jim Pence
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2013
Ken was one of the kindest and caring men I've ever met. His life, words and singing encouraged people wherever you'd find him. This world has indeed lost a genuine soul for representing God's character, power and nature. I look forward to seeing him again <smile>. Please find comfort in your loss knowing that Ken left a wonderful legacy of love in so many people's lives.
Name: Becky Parker Whitcomb
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Dear Family of Ken Smith, I am so thankful to have known Ken not only as a member at First Baptist Church of Faribault, but The Lord allowed us to have previous connections through the fact that my dad Pastor Bill Parker, was the pastor in Parker's Prairie, when I was just a little tyke. We would reminisce about the days and the different acquaintances from Parker's Prairie. While there are many fond memories from those days, just. Imagine the reunion in glory when we see our Savior face to face. Praying for the family in the days ahead. In Christ. Becky Parker Whitcomb