Kenneth R. Smith

Birth Date: 
Sunday, December 16, 1923
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Kenneth R. Smith, 94, of Wooster passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 .

He was born December 16, 1923 in Wooster to Guy and Sophia Anderson Smith.  On September 30, 1951 he married Betty Hanna, who survives.

Ken was a graduate of Wooster High School and proudly served with the Eighth Air Force during World War II, flying 35 missions, 27 as a ball turret gunner.

He had worked for over 35 years for Borg Warner, later Rexroth.  Ken will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his geniality, his unselfish nature, his strong work ethic and his love of reading. 

Along with his wife, Ken is survived by his daughters Janet Thompson of Wooster and Donna (John) Gnatowski of Wadsworth; grandchildren Jason Gasser, Shelby Fiscus, John J. Gnatowski and Tyler Gnatowski; four great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; brother Donald Smith and sisters Katherine Wright, Eileen “Faye” Finley and Jean Keener.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home. 

Friends will be received from 1:00 PM until the time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family wished to thank LifeCare Hospice for their care in his final months.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Tuesday from 1:00 until the time of the service at the funeral home


Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the funeral home


I’m so sorry to hear about your loss and would like to extend my condolences .
2 Corinthians 1;3:4. 3.Praised be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,4. Who comforts us in all our trials, so that we may be able to comfort others, in any sort of trial with the comfort we receive from God.

Eva and I are so very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I’m remembering all the Sunday suppers we used to get together for in Orville. We cousins sitting at the kids table. We will be in touch.

So sad to hear about Uncle Kenny's passing. He was a good man. Thoughts and Prayers to all.

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