Kenneth James Smith

04/30/1967 – 01/03/2019

Obituary for Kenneth James Smith

Kenneth James Smith, 51, of Sedalia, MO passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. He was born on April 30, 1967 in Milton, FL.

Kenny was a man who loved to do anything with his hands. He also enjoyed work and going on field jobs so he could critique the driving skills of his coworker and life long friend Bill Gunnerson. He had a talent for drawing, loved making people laugh, and was kindhearted. He would give the shirt off his back for anyone in need. He especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter and any chance he could with nieces and nephews. The last four years of his life was spent with a special loved one, Maurica Meschelle Williams.

Kenny served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1985-1989. His last act of service was the gift of life through organ donation.

Besides Maurica Willaims, survivors include four daughters, Jessica Henley of Fairview, OK, Erica Miller and Kendra Miller both of Warsaw, MO, and Libby Piskule of Rapid City, SD; one brother, Ronald Smith (Amy) of Gwinn, MI; two sisters, Melanie Moore (Rick) of Pilot Grove, MO and Kimberly Wood (Brent) of Heber Springs, AR; and his beloved granddaughter, Shyloh Henley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Doyle and Arlene (Hanhart) Wente and his brother, Robert Smith.

A private celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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Kenny was an extraordinary man. when he loved the depth of his love was so very intense. Kenny never forgot his friends they were a great part of his life, along with his family. He talked about all of them, brothers, sisters, all his children that he loved so much and his beautiful granddaughter Shyloh. Proud of serving his country, thought life was suppose to be ran like the Marines!! Kenny was so big hearted he handed out his income tax money to people he saw that needed it worse than himself, he never Even told them who it was from. Kenny will be in my heart forever.
– mauria williams
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Kennys family.. he was a great very polite man.. I’ve known him about 25 years or so.. worked with him at Edwards Fiberglass Inc..for a couple years..he was always nice to me.. talked every time we saw each other..he will be missed..he saw me one day at Woods..helped me load my groceries in my trunk..very considerate..I saw him not long ago at Woods again.. he will be missed.. he loved his children.. prayers to all..May he rest in peace.
– Susan Altis

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