Kenai resident Owen Eugene Smith died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage after an illness and complications from surgeries. His family and friends were at his side. He was 59.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 8, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Kenai New Life Assembly of God Church, 209 Princess St. in Kenai. The Rev. Stephen S. Brown will officiate. Additional services will be held in Ada, Okla., at a later date. A portion of his ashes will be interred in the family plot in the Ada Cemetery.
Mr. Smith was born March 29, 1949, to Owen and Rozella (Simmons) in Ada. He was raised in Las Vegas but returned to Oklahoma and graduated from Pauls Valley High School in Pauls Valley. He attended college and received many certifications with the FAA. He moved to Cordova in May 1991 where he worked as an electronics technician for the FAA. In November 1997 he moved to Kenai where he continued working for the FAA as a radar technician. He had worked for the FAA for more than 20 years. Mr. Smith was a member of the Kenai New Life Assembly of God, National Rifle Association and a former member of the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Guthrie, Okla. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, collecting guns, archery, four-wheeling, snowmachining and spending time with family and friends.
"Owen will be missed tremendously by all who knew him for his enduring spirit, loving encouragement and beautiful faith in his Creator," his family said.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his father, Owen Alfred Smith; and brother Edward Smith.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Rebecca Smith of Kenai; daughters, Karin Calvert of Oklahoma City, Okla., Keli Waller of Houston and Shannon Smith of Kenai; son, Owen "Brandon" Smith of Kenai; grandchildren, Austin and Kennedi Calvert and Jordan and Cole Waller; mother and stepfather, Rozella and Richard Skinner of Midwest City, Okla.; sisters, Sharon Ham of Newcastle, Okla., and Yolanda Eden of El Reno, Okla.; and numerous other relatives.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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