Rodney Kay "RK" Smith
May 21, 1945 -- August 5, 2014
Rodney Kay “RK” Smith, 69, of Shipshewana, went home to be
with the Lord following a brief but courageous battle with cancer at
4:30 am, on Tuesday, August 5 at his residence. He was born on
May 21, 1945, in Canton, OH, to Howard and Gladys (Pettay) Smith.
Surviving are three daughters, Wendy Kay Smith of Massillon, OH,
Pamela (Brian) Wise of Southington, OH, and Amanda (Matthew)
Stanfield of Mansfield, OH; son, Rodney Darren Smith of Sumter,
SC; 12 grandchildren, one great grandson; four brothers, Paul
Smith of Massillon, OH, L. David Smith of Colorado Springs, CO,
Harold Dex Smith of New Philadelphia, OH, Danny Smith of
Raytown, MO; sister, Jonquil Canfield of Simpsonville, SC; and his
companion, Vicki Kahler. He was preceded in death by his parents
and a brother, Howard C. Smith. He was honorably discharged
from the USMC in 1963 and retired from the Canton Police
Department in 1999 after serving 25 years. He was a U.S. Marshall
from 1999-2001 and most recently worked security at Greencroft
and Coachmen. He was member of the F.O.P. and the American
Legion. He will be missed for his sense of humor and his patriotism.
Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 7,
2014 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street,
Middlebury. There will be one hour of visitation prior to an 11:00 am
Memorial Service on Tuesday, August 12, at the First Baptist
Church of Jackson. Service will be conducted by Pastor Tom Gang.
Military honors will be given following the service. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be given to Parkview Hospice and Brethren Retreat
at Shipshewana Lake.
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Current Online Condolences
I worked with Rod at Greencroft for a number of years. I really
enjoyed his humor and his wonderful police stories. We will miss
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You are in my thoughts and prayers . So sorry to hear about your
From: Kay Lipster
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I am so very, very sorry about RK's passing. We worked together at
Canton PD. RK was a very nice, likeable man and one heck of a
good Police Officer. Smitty kept everything in perspective and was
a good friend, mentor and example to us younger Officers. My
prayers go out to your family.
From: Keane O. Toney
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We are praying Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of
a broken heart." May He comfort you during these upcoming days.
From: Rhett Scott and family
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Wendy, I am so sorry to hear that you lost your dad. My thoughts
and prayers are with you.
From: Johanna Murphy