It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden and unexpected death of Kenneth, in Lethbridge, Alberta on January 15, 2012 at the age of 62 years. Ken was known to all as a man of extraordinary generosity and kindness. He was a blessing to all who shared in his journey through life.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Linda, daughters Carmen (Gene) Lublinkhof, Jill (Lorimer) Anderson, Elizabeth (Greg) Baker and his beautiful granddaughters Payton, Jorja, Averi, and Brynn.

Ken was born on February 12, 1949 to Claire and Marshall Smith of Sooke, BC. Besides his mother Claire (father predeceased), he will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters Janet (Reg) Simmonds of Sooke, BC, Richard Smith of Grand Forks, BC, Deena (Greg) Shepherd of The Pas, MB, Russell (Virginia) Smith of Lethbridge, AB, and Rhonda Smith-Hodgkin of Duncan, BC, and their families.

At a young age, Ken developed a strong interest in showing and fitting cattle, and he attended the “Herdsman Institute” in Kansas City, Missouri. It was showing and fitting cattle which enabled him to meet his “true” love Linda, and they were married in 1971. Ken and Linda made their home and raised their 3 daughters in the Sunnyside/Lethbridge area. Ken was employed with the Federal Agricultural Research Center from 1978, until his retirement in 2010. Ken had many hobbies and interests and excelled in anything that he turned hand to, with his primary focus first and foremost on his family, and their well-being. Ken’s caring and fun-loving personality will be remembered by all who knew him.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm and 8:00pm on Friday, January 20, 2012 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Service was held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 – 4 Ave South, Lethbridge, with Reverend Aldeen McKay officiating.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Stars Air Ambulance, PO Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8M7.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd., 1-800-382-2901.

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