Kenneth E. Smith, 92 of Fancy Gap, Virginia and formerly of Saugerties, NY., passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 due to complications from a hip fracture, at Grayson Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Independence, Virginia. Born May 12, 1925 in Saugerties, New York, he was son of the late Robert and Grace Smith. Ken graduated from Saugerties High School in 1943 and served in Maritime Service (Merchant Marine) during WWII. He graduated from Michigan State College (now University) in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He married Helen Ruth Swart On October 12, 1953. Upon graduation from college, Ken went to work for the New York State Department of Transportation and worked for 29 years as a Civil Engineer until 1979, taking one year off to run a private business known as Ken-Rent, Inc. After retiring from NYSDOT, Ken worked as a private consultant on highway construction and airport projects from 1980 to 1994. Ken and Helen moved to Fancy Gap, Virginia in 2005 where he enjoyed the mountains similar to his hometown area and the many wonderful people he became friends with, making many visits back north to see family and friends there as well.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Ruth Swart Smith, son William R. Smith, daughter-in-law Susan Steelman, daughters Barbara Ann Rice and Donna Marie Smith, 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. His Service of Rememberance will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John & Lafayette Sts. Interment will follow in the Mt. Marion Cemetery. Friends will be received Saturday from 12 Noon to 1:00 PM. Family suggest donations in his memory be made to Arbor Day, 211 N. 12th St., Lincoln, NE 68508. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family @SeamonWilseyFuneralHome.com