The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Parker Smith, a Presbyterian minister, educator, beloved husband, father and friend, died at 11 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2006, in Shenango Presbyterian SeniorCare in New Wilmington after an extended illness. He was 89.

Dr. Smith was born July 14, 1916, in Slate Lick, Pa., a son of the Rev. Harry Parker Smith and Pearl Roberta Matthews Smith.

After growing up in Aliquippa, Rev. Smith attended Westminster College, New Wilmington, where he earned his bachelor of arts degree and met his future wife, the former Suzanne Amanda Irons of Beaver. They were united in marriage Aug. 2, 1941, and were married for 64 wonderful years.

After attending Pittsburgh-Xenia Seminary, he had a pastorate in Pittsburgh. Following a doctorate in graduate school at Louisville Southern Baptist Seminary, Dr. Smith completed additional post-doctoral studies at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Michigan State University, East Lansing; and the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

His career as a professor in colleges and universities, minister, dean of faculty and interim pastor included being a professor at the University of Dubuque, Iowa; and Westminster College.

His educational pursuits led him to serve for almost 20 years as the academic dean of Sterling (Kansas) College, where he was the driving force in achieving accreditation for the Presbyterian-affiliated college. While in Sterling, he also served as a guest pastor throughout the state and became a certified pilot, a lifelong personal interest.

Later, he became administrator of Friends University, Wichita, Kan., and during a period of world travel for Associated Christian Conferences and Teaching Services (ACCTS), he spoke throughout Europe and Africa and ministered to military officers from multiple nations. In addition, he spent two years as pastor of the International Protestant Church of Islamabad, Pakistan, as well as serving as an interim pastor in Presbyterian churches from Arizona to Pennsylvania, Nevada and in between including Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sharon.

Rev. Smith is survived by: his wife, Sue Smith, New Wilmington; a son, the Rev. Parker Smith and his wife Susie, Linden, Mich.; three daughters, Marilyn Smith Heaney, Vail, Colo.; Carol Settgast and her husband Robert, Junction City, Kansas; and Suzanne Mariani and her husband Raymond, Sharpsville.

Rev. Smith and his wife were not only blessed with four children but also eight grandchildren and a great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Smith; and a sister, Janet Lopes.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions be made to the Dr. Kenneth P. Smith Memorial Fund in care of Sterling College, 125 W. Cooper Ave., Sterling, KS 67579.


Rev. Dr. Kenneth Parker, 89, New Wilmington.

Calling hours: Friends will be received from 1 p.m. to time of service Thursday (3-30-06) in New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, 229 S. Market St.

Service: Funeral service and celebration of life at 2 p.m. Thursday in the church.

Burial: Fair Oaks Cemetery, New Wilmington.

Arrangements by PAUL R. AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 921 Freeport Road, Creighton, Pa.

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