Details for Kenneth Salem Smith

Kenneth Salem Smith, age 91, of Janesville, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Cedar Crest Rehabilitation Center. He was born on September 7, 1926 in Portage WI, the fifth of eight children, and youngest son of Alvin and Esther (Salem) Smith. He graduated from Portage High School in 1944. Upon graduation, Ken enlisted in the United States Navy, where he achieved the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class while serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations (1944-1946). After the war, he continued his education, graduating from UW-Oshkosh in 1952 with a degree in Secondary Education. Kenneth married Audrey M. Butt on October 3, 1953 at First Lutheran Church of Stoughton and moved to Janesville in 1954. After a brief career as a Junior High School math and science teacher, Ken spent the next 37 years working for Proctor and Gamble in sales. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Janesville, the VFW, and dedicated countless hours serving his community. Ken enjoyed traveling, spending time with his friends and talking all things sports. Ken was proud of his Swedish heritage, and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He is survived by his four children: Bradley of Wausau, Karen Christensen of Milwaukee, Eric (Theresa) of Madison, Barton of Milwaukee; and two granddaughters, Catherine and Laurel Smith. In addition, he is survived by his three sisters: Barbara Steele of Wisconsin Dells, Mary Lee Heller (Arnie) of Park Rapids MN, Gale (Clay) Stebbins of Wausau; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Richard, Jack, and Jesse; sister, Eleanor; his wife, Audrey; and eldest son, Mathew. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018 at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The burial will be at Milton Lawns Memorial Park immediately after the service, and will be followed by a gathering for friends and family at the Milwaukee Grill (2601 Morse St,) in Janesville. Donations in Ken’s memory may be made to ECHO Food Bank or Lutheran Social Service of Janesville. Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. For online obituary and registry: Ken’s family would like to thank the staff at Cedar Crest, for the kind, loving care he received during his recent stay.