J.O. Kenneth Smith

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

J.O. Kenneth Smith, 88, of Kansas City, passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at his home.

He was born May 14, 1933, in Barry County, the son of Joel Ownes and Mable Jewell (Holt) Smith.

He was a 1952 graduate of Cassville High School in Cassville. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving as a Medic while stationed in Germany. He was a shop foreman for Bayer Corporation in Kansas City, and was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Kansas City.

On Dec. 10, 1955, he married Phyllis Jean Simpson in Lawrence County.

Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Phyllis; two daughters, Sonia Park and her husband, Craig, of Westminster, Colo., and Vickie Park of Aurora, Colo.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Raley, of Aurora; and two brothers, David Atnip and his wife, Karen of Cassville, and Jerry Atnip.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joel, and Mable; one brother, Kirby Smith and his son-in-law, Scott Park.

Services were held Saturday, May 29, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora. Burial was at the Marionville IOOF Cemetery in Marionville.