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Kenneth Warren Smith Jr.

July 21, 1957 ~ May 13, 2019 (age 61)


Kenneth Warren Smith Jr., age 61, of Buckley, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.


Ken was born July 21, 1957 in Detroit to Kenneth W. Sr. and Carol (Skalski) Smith.

He married Catherine E. Dingman July 21, 1980 in Davison.


Ken graduated from McBain Public High School and enlisted in the Marine Corp., earning the rank of Master Sergeant and retiring after twenty three years of service.


Ken was employed for fourteen years as a network administrator in the

telecommunications industry in Northern Michigan.  His hobbies included sports shooting,

hunting, model rockets, coin collecting and watching hockey.

Ken was known for his hilarious sense of humor and especially loved and valued time spent with his grandchildren.


Ken is survived by his wife: Catherine of Buckley, and his sons: Anthony (Melissa) Smith and Kenneth Smith III both of Buckley.

He is also survived by his siblings: Elizabeth Smith of Midland, Judith (Ron) Ellsworth of

Greenville, Christopher (Pamela) Smith of Hope, Jennifer (Mike) Herber of Shiloh, IL, Sherry Smith of Fayetteville, NC, Jason (Brenda Sue) Smith and Matthew (Tracie) Smith both of

Cadillac and two granddaughters Katelyn and Lilly Smith.

His mother in law Nan Dingman, brothers in law John and Jeff and sister in law Marion also

survive, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Ken was preceded in death by his parents; Kenneth Sr in 2001 and Carol in 2006, a niece Nadine Baldwin in 1984 and a father in law Ralph Dingman.


Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Young-Holdship Funeral Home in Lake City.  A time of visitation will begin Sunday at 12:00 noon until the time of services.


Burial will take place in the Lake City Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post 300 of Lake City.


Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association.


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May 19, 2019

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Young-Holdship Funeral Home
403 S. Pine St.
Lake City, MI 49651

Funeral Service
May 19, 2019

2:00 PM
Young-Holdship Funeral Home
403 S. Pine St.
Lake City, MI 49651

Military Honors
May 19, 2019

2:30 PM
Lake City Cemetery
North Morey Road
Lake City, MI 49651

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