Kenneth Lester Otto Smith, 79 of 19th Road, Argos, passed away at 9:20 p.m., April 29, 2020, at his residence following a lengthy illness. On Aug. 16, 1940, in Plymouth, he was born to Lester Smith and Mildred L. (Sutherly) Smith. Kenneth lived all of his life in Marshall County.
In 1980 he and Gloria Alderfer started their life together, and on January 29, 1994 they were married.
In 2010 he retired from Bomarko in Plymouth, after 30 years. Kenneth worked on the side as a farmer and for Gerald Irwin Construction.
He was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Plymouth and Rochester, and the American Legion, Plymouth.
Kenneth served his Country in the United States Army National Guard from Aug. 6, 1963, with the 3rd Rifle & Weapons Platoon, Company C, 2 Division, Battalion 293. On Aug. 5, 1969, SP4 E4 Kenneth Smith received his Honorable Discharge.
On Sept. 15, 1993 Marshall County Chapter of the Red Cross presented Kenneth an plaque for his attempt to rescue of a man in a car/train accident.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Gloria Smith, Argos; daughter, Suzette (Douglas) Bergstedt, Logansport; four grandchildren: Natasha R. Skinner and husband Captain Tim Skinner stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Keenan L. Bergstedt and wife Amanda of Carrollton, Texas; Marissa Bergstedt and fiancé Michael Alvarez of Logansport, Indiana; and Derek Bergstedt of Logansport; one great-grand baby Bergstedt to arrive in July; brother, David L. Smith, Warsaw; nephew, Carl D. (Brenda) Smith, Winona Lake; niece, Barbara L. (Douglas) Eyrich, Bourbon; brother-in-law, Roger (Patricia) Alderfer.
He is preceded in death by his parents
Graveside services will be held at the Richland Center I.O.O.F. Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial Contributions can be made to: Kindred Hospice, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975
Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.