Kenny Boy

Shared on 9th June 2015

     Kenneth Lowell Smith entered into this world on May 20, 1955, at Laurel Hospital in San Bernardino, CA, to parents Gary and Dolores Smith. He brought much joy into our family. He was filled with life, was a bit mischievous and had a bit of Tom Sawyer in him. I once found him sitting on the front porch while his friends mowed the lawn and did other chores for him. He attended Rialto schools and graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1973. He was a member of the Cub Scouts and I remember him playing the part of a girl in one of their programs. He made a cute girl with very long false eyelashes. He was also in Little League. After a game he came up and told us his cup had slipped during the game. He had played and finished the game with the cup slipping and ending up down around his ankles! That was our Kenny Boy. Once he lost a jacket at school. I went to the school to see if it had been found and was told by his teacher that rather than hang his jacket up in the cloak room Kenny always hung it on the back of his chair so that he could get to recess quicker. I have both tears and smiles when I remember the life of my son. He was a good, loving son.. He always told me he loved me. He called me “Ma”, words of endearment to me. He had so many talents. He loved music and played in a little band formed with his friends in the neighborhood and from church. They practiced out on our sundeck on several occasions and always too loud! That's the way they liked it, good and loud. He played guitar throughout his entire life and he was very good. He even composed some of his own music putting his feelings in to the words of the music.

     A few years ago Kenny and his wife Kim moved to Colorado Springs. Their son, Kevin, soon joined them. They had to get used to the winters there. He was familiar with the cold and snow there due to the vacations our family had spent there with his great grandmother Smith.

     Kenny worked for Fontana Steel until it closed. He then went to work for Southern California Gas and retired from there after around 30 years.

     He was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Rialto, CA. He remained a member of that church until his move to Colorado Springs. Kenneth believed in and loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with all his heart. I know as he took his last breath he was wrapped in the arms of Jesus and his father Gary, who had predeceased him, was there to say “welcome home”.

      Ken is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kim, of Colorado Springs; daughter Delane Ross of Wyoming; son Kevin of Colorado Springs; daughter Amanda (Mike) Kearin of Elmhurst, IL; grandson Andrew Ross and granddaughter Sierra Ross; granddaughter Charlotte Kearin; sister Connie (Greg) Swailes of Hesperia, CA; brother Michael (Kathy) of Lake Havasu City, AZ; sister Sherrie of San Bernardino, CA; Debbie Schwartz of Riverside, CA; four nephews- Shawn (Krista) Smith of Miles City, MT; Joshua Smith of Hesperia, CA; Brian (Ashley) Smith of Beaumont, CA; Jesse (Erica) Swailes of Williston, ND; nieces Jaime (Andy) Bartsch of Mufreesboro, TN and Tami (Shane) Travers of Moreno Valley, CA; aunts Margie (Julius) Bubeck of Highland, CA and Karen Blanton of San Bernardino, CA; uncle Tom Gibford of Highland, CA; numerous great nephews, great nieces, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Tabitha Larson and his father, Gary.