KEVIN RICHARD SMITH, 52 of Arcola, IL passed away at 8:18 P.M. on January 15, 2014 in St Peter, IL.
Visitation with casual attire welcomed will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at the Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola, IL
A celebration of Kevin’s life will be held at the Arcola Fire Station on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. with a memorial service starting at 3:00 P.M. Rev. Kenny Cripps will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Kevin’s family.
Kevin was born on January 15, 1962 at Jarman Hospital in Tuscola, IL. He is a son of Richard Wayne and Mary Belle (Fulton) Smith. He married Carolyn Darlene Connour on March 26, 1983 in Arcola, IL.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn Smith; three children, Justin Smith and his wife Breanne and their little girl Bella, Jordan Smith and Allison Smith all of Arcola, IL; his mother, Mary Belle Fulton of Arcola, IL; his father Dick Smith and his wife Sally of Mattoon, IL and three sisters, Denise Stearns and her husband Brian of Marion, IL, Jill Kelly and her husband Terry of Jewitt, IL and Terri Reed and her husband Dave of Sullivan, IL.
Kevin graduated from Arcola High School in 1980 where he played football on the 1978 state championship team.
Over his lifetime he held several different positions, from welder to farmer. For the past 18 years he has been employed at the Union Pacific Rail Road as an Engineer.
Kevin had been a Boy Scout Leader, baseball coach and JFL football coach. His hobbies mostly involved being outdoors doing things like mushroom hunting, boating, camping, sitting around a campfire and motorcycle riding.
He really enjoyed spending time with his family and friends especially his granddaughter who referred to him as Papa Kevin.