Obituary: Randall K. Smith

Randall K. Smith 59, died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at his Rural Newton Home. He was born February 28, 1959 in Newton, Kansas to Ellis and Fern (Johnson) Smith.

He was a United Parcel Service Driver for 30 years; his route included the Furley, Whitewater, and Goessel areas. Through his work at UPS, Randall enjoyed the relationships and friendships he made during the years with his fellow drivers and customers.

Randall enjoyed spending time outdoors in nature, bowhunting and was a member of the Kansas Bowhunters Association. He was a skilled craftsman and made many of his own bow’s that he used. He also did other wood working and metal projects including making metal yard art. Finding old arrowheads around the area was a fun past time he enjoyed along with using his metal detector to find new treasure. Randall had a soft spot for animals and cared for the many animals that made their way to his home through the years including, dogs, cats, chickens, cattle, and many more. Randall also had a vast thirst for knowledge and loved researching local and family history.

Family was very important to Randall and he was a kind and generous person who enjoyed helping out people and spending time with his loving family and many friends.

He is survived by his daughter Allison and her husband Mark Sedore of Topeka, Kansas; brother Norman A. Smith and his wife Andrea of Potwin, Kansas; sisters Gloria Haire of Middleburg, Pennsylvania and Beverly Smith of North Newton, Kansas. He is also survived by his girlfriend Sandy Barnett of Newton and Allison’s mother Patrina Percy of Iola, Kansas and several nieces and nephews and many friends.

A gathering and visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday April 16, 2018 at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a time of sharing stories and memories of Randall staring at 7:00 p.m. The family ask that his friends that wish to speak be prepared to share a favorite story or memory during this time.

Private family inurnment will be in the Pleasant View cemetery in rural Elbing, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to the Kansas Wildlife and Parks in care of Petersen Funeral Home.