November 27, 1942 - March 27, 2020
Ken Smith (77) of Topeka passed away March 27, 2020 at Medicalodge of Kansas in KC, Ks. He was born November 27,1942 in Manhattan Ks to Myrl Pearl Smith and Gertrude Mae (Lewis) Smith. He graduated from East Topeka Jr. H.S. and Topeka High in 1960. In 1962 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a corpsman. He served two tours in Vietnam Nam. Returning to the USA he and his family lived in Blaine, WA. Where he was on the Blaine city police force before moving home to Topeka.
Ken is survived by his wife Rosemary( McGirr Patterson) Smith and her son John Mark Patterson of the home. He is also survived by his three sons Jeffrey, Randy, Matt, and three grandchildren Alisa, Alex, and Mic all of Bellingham, Washington. He is also survived by two sisters Linda Everly and Virginia Payne of Topeka, two brothers Ronnie (North Platt, Nebraska) and Gerald of Topeka and golf partner John Dougan of Topeka and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceding him in death his parents and brothers William (Topeka) and Chester (Colorado Springs Co.).
Ken was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, life member of Viet Nam Veterans of America, and retired deputy sheriff of Shawnee County Sheriff Department in 1998.
As per his wishes he was cremated and his ashes will be interrened at the Wall in Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Ks at a later date.
The family requests no flowers, however memorials can be sent to:
Grace United Methodist Church at 2627 SW Western Ave Topeka 66611
Viet Nam Veterans of America. Chapter 604 PO Box 750322 Topeka Ks 66675-0322
Shawnee County Sheriff Department Memorial Fund 320 S Kansas Ave Ste 200 Topeka Ks. 66603
Kansas Hospice Care 6828 Silverheel St, Shawnee Ks 66226
Due to Covid-19 virus all arrangements are pending and services will be announced at a later time.