Smith, Kenneth Duane, Saginaw, Michigan

Died Thursday, October 28, 2010. Kenneth was born September 8, 1926 to Centra and Audrey Wallace Smith. He attended Saginaw schools and was graduated from Saginaw High School in 1944. He received his BA from the University of Michigan and pursued graduate studies at Georgetown University. He was drafted in 1950 and served on the front lines of Korea with the 5th Regimental Combat Infantry Team. He was awarded the Combat Infantrymanís Badge and the Bronze Star and was discharged in 1952 as a Master Sergeant. In Saginaw, he worked for Wickes Boiler, the Chevrolet Grey Iron Foundry and the police departmentís Traffic Division. His theater experience began at Pit and Balcony and he worked at Cain Park Theater, Cleveland Heights, the Southern Vermont Arts Theater and Cragsmore Playhouse, Cragsmore, New York. From 1957 to 1988, he served as a civilian with the United States Army. Beginning as Field Entertainment director, stationed in France, he advanced to Staff Director for Entertainment with headquarters in Germany. His responsibilities included the creation and management of all aspects of live entertainment for Army personnel and their families in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Sinai. When he left Europe, he was awarded the Commanderís Medal for Civilian Services, the second highest civilian medal. After his retirement, he was appointed for 5 years as the Armyís Judge for theater and recreation contests throughout the continental U.S. as well as Panama and Alaska. In 1995, he returned to Saginaw where he studied, lectured and wrote articles on heraldry, numismatics and the 5th Regimental Combat Teamís newsletter. He was cofounder (with Patricia Evans) of the study group Serendipity. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Robert and Harold, sisters, Dorothy Ahern and Patsy Froeber. He is survived by his sister, Shirley Hensley, nieces, Linda Olivier, Roxanne Smith, nephews, Wayne Smith, Kenneth Hensley and Andrew Hensley as well as many loving great nieces and great nephews. Private Memorial services will take place with burial in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Saginaw Art Museum 1126 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw, MI 48602.