Kenneth M. Smith was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Auburn, Wash. He passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease on Jan. 25, 2013.
He was tenderly and compassionately cared for in his Grass Valley home by his wife of 57 years, Kathleen Smith, his family and caregivers.
Ken married Kathy, his high school sweetheart, while serving in the Army as a communication specialist in Alaska. Ken’s working career spanned more than 30 years with the J.C. Penney & Co., starting in his college days, working up to Northern California district staff and retiring as manager of the Grass Valley store that he opened.
His three loves were his family, faith and fishing. He lived for his family.
He is survived by his seven children: Connie Vossen (Mike), Melissa Steffen (Pat), Ken Smith Jr. (LaDeena), MaryAlice Keaton (Kyle), Karen Sartori (Paul), Craig Smith and Stephen Smith. He had 13 grandchildren: Michael and Christopher Vossen; Jennifer Moore (Tyler) and Jessica Steffen; Ryan Smith; Katie and Jake Keaton; Laura, Megan and Julianne Sartori; Samantha and Patrick Smith; and Madyson Smith and four great-grandchildren: Isabella, Penelope and Nate Moore, and Miles Taylor. He had one brother Tom Smith (Louise).
Ken was very involved in his Catholic faith as is evident through his actions as Eucharistic Minister, Hospitality House volunteer, Knights of Columbus officer, along with bringing communion to residents at local rest homes.
His father taught him to fish and Ken passed on this passion to his children and grandchildren. His many friends will remember him streamside, smiling as he lured in the big one!
His rosary will be held Friday, Feb.1 at 7 p.m. and his funeral mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m., both at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 235 Chapel St., Grass Valley, Calif..