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12/5/2020 8:18:00 AM
Kenneth L. Smith
January 24, 1932 - December 3, 2020
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Kenneth L. Smith, 88 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 9:02 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, Ill. He was born on January 24, 1932 in Barnhill, Ill. the son of Roy and Nellie (Rose) Smith. He Married Shirley Mills on August 2, 1952 and she preceded him on June 7, 2005 and later married Peggy Gross on April 8, 2006. He served in the United States Air Force after College. He worked at Firestone, Hopper Paper Company, then was a mailman for 20 years. He became the Officer in Charge for the Postal Service, then became the Post Master in Pana, Ill. for 5 years before moving to Shelbyville to be Post Master until his retirement. He served on the Rescue Squad and had many hobbies including reading, building houses, wood working, camping, traveling, and he loved being around his family. He was always there to supervise projects at all of our homes. One fondest memory, his family had of Ken in his later years, will always be anytime we would walk in his home, he would have a Pepsi, a book to read and his snacks. Ken had an amazing love for the Lord.

He is survived by his daughters: Debi (John) Sherwood of Taylorville, Ill.  Donna (Harold) Hodge of Taylorville, Ill.,  Deanna (Gerald) Bottrell of Mt. Auburn, Ill., Denise (Tom) Vail of Taylorville, Ill.; grandchildren: Jason (Stephanie) Griffith, Alissa Sherwood, Marlena Muncy, Jeremy (Bailey) Sherwood, Ryan (Danielle) Hosto, Adam (Corrina) Hosto, Eric (Brooke) Vail, Erica (Leonard) Otto, Randy Vail, Brad (Tori) Vail, Cindy (Greg) Largent, Don Bottrell; 20 Great-Grandchildren; 4 great- great-Grandchildren; sisters: Pat Jones of Taylorville, Cathy Hunter of Taylorville and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside service will be held on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with military graveside honors and Pastor James Jones officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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