loving father, care-free grandfather, fun great-grandfather!
Ken was born to
Kenneth E. and Helen Smith in Mill City, Oregon. Both parents
precede him in death. Surviving siblings include Stanford
Smith of Keizer, OR, Berdine (Dee) James of Phoenix, AZ and
Richard Smith of Crooked River Ranch, OR.
from Stayton High School, Ken joined the United States Air
Force and was a radio operator. Many of his missions were
"classified" but we can say he spent a lot of time
somewhere over the Lucian Islands. After his tour in the
service, he moved to Bend where he ventured into the banking
profession. There, he met and married the love of his life,
Vivian M. LaDieu, who preceded him in death in 2011. They had
three daughters; Starla (Dave) Henslee of Salem, OR; Vicki
(Jim) Hays of Lakeport, CA; and Kollette Tonelli (who also
preceded him in death in 1998). He had five grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren at the time of his passing.
Ken never let the
grass grow much under his feet. He was an adventurer and
throughout his life lived in Bend, The Dalles, Pendleton,
Scotia, Santa Rosa, and Alturas. It was in Alturas where he
and his lovely wife Vivian and family settled for about
seventeen years. During those years, he was Vice
President/Branch Manager for the Wells Fargo Bank. He loved
being involved with the Modoc community. He was a member of
the local Rotary as well as a regular participant of the local
Tribe Ride for many years.
After retiring from
the bank, he and his wife, bought and operated The Bottle
Shop. Before trying their hands at full-time RVing, they spent
a few years in Kelseyville, where they bought and operated The
Frosty. After ending their RVing adventures, they settled in
Salem where they spent their remaining years together.
A Memorial Service
for Ken will be held on March 25th, 2016 at 11:00am at Weddle
Funeral Chapel in Stayton, Oregon; interment with Military
Honors will immediately follow at Lone Oak Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Weddle