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Kenneth Lester Otto Smith

August 16, 1940 ~ April 29, 2020 (age 79)

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Kenneth Lester Otto Smith, 79 of 19th Road, Argos, Indiana passed away on April 29, 2020 at 9:20 p.m. at his residence following a lengthy illness. On August 16, 1940 in Plymouth, Indiana he was born to Lester Smith and Mildred L. (Sutherly) Smith. Kenneth lived all of his life in Marshall County, Indiana.

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, Indiana 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, Indiana.

Kenneth served his Country in the United States Army National Guard from August 6, 1963 with the 3rd Rifle & Weapons Platoon, Company C, 2 Division, Battalion 293. On August 5, 1969 SP4 E4 Kenneth Smith received his Honorable Discharge.

On September 15, 1993 Marshall County Chapter of the Red Cross presented Kenneth a plaque for his attempt to rescue of a man in a car/train accident.

Kenneth is survived by his Wife – Gloria Smith, Argos, Indiana

Daughter – Suzette Bergstedt and husband Douglas of Logansport, Indiana

4 Grandchildren – Natasha R. Skinner and husband Captain Tim Skinner stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; Keenan L. Bergstedt and wife Amanda of Carrollton, Texas; Marissa Bergstedt and fiancé Michael Alvarez of Logansport, Indiana; and Derek Bergstedt of Logansport, Indiana    

1 Great Grand Baby Bergstedt to arrive in July

Brother – David L. Smith of Warsaw, Indiana

Nephew – Carl D. Smith and wife Brenda of Winona Lake, Indiana

Niece – Barbara L. Eyrich and husband Douglas of Bourbon, Indiana

Brother-in-Law - Roger Alderfer and wife Patricia

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, Indiana 46975

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, Indiana




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Graveside Service
May 7, 2020

4:00 PM
Richland Center I.O.O.F. Cemetery

Military Honors
May 7, 2020

4:00 PM
Richland Center I.O.O.F. Cemetery

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