R Kenneth Smith, 86, former Tama resident, passed away Feb. 4, 2012, in Chandler, Ariz. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
He was born Nov., 15, 1925, on his parents' farm, Ed and Susie Hart Smith, in rural Colo. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy on the USS ABATAN in the South Pacific and China during WWII.
After the service, Kenneth met his life- long love of over 60 years, Frances Arlene Maxwell, and married Dec. 7, 1947. The couple farmed, raised hogs, Herford feeder cattle, and milked Holstein dairy cattle many years southeast of Colo until the mid-70s. The couple loved to host foreign exchange students from Iowa State on their farm. Frances was a crafts person with materials and flowers and Ken was a crafts person with stellar crops and lean market ready animals.
R Kenneth Smith
After farming, he was an agriculture inspector for the Iowa Department of Agriculture where he retired. Ken loved to kid people and loved animals. His son will remember him squirting milk into a ready line of cats' mouths while milking cows. His son once asked him, "Why do we have to work so hard to get the weeds out of the corn rows?" His dad replied, "Because people will know that it is my corn field."
Ken was a member of the American Legion and Masonic Lodge. His parents, his wife, Frances; and five sisters and brothers preceded him in death. He is survived by his only child, Dr. Kenneth Smith, Chandler, Ariz.,, and one sister, Zola Duffy, Iowa Falls.