Kevin R. Smith
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Kevin R. Smith , Age: 58
November 04, 1959 -- December 02, 2017

Kevin R. Smith, 58, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on December 02, 2017. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas on November 4, 1959; the first of three sons of Judge Dean and Pat Smith. Kevin met Jodee, his wife of 29 years, in Austin, Texas. They have two daughters, Adelle and Jacqueline.

He was a graduate of Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University in 1984. Kevin was member of the AIA and was employed as a project architect at HTK Architects. He had previously worked in Austin, TX and Winston-Salem, NC.

Kevin is also survived by brothers Scott (Rachel) of Wichita, KS and Brian (Lori) of Laramie, WY; nieces and nephews, many cousins, and his beloved dog Mikey.

Services will be held Friday December 8th at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, Kansas. Visitation will begin at 10 am, with services to follow at 11 am.

Kevin was an extremely talented architect who could take a complex set of problems and design a simple elegant solution. He was a very accepting and open-hearted man. His favorite places were the Flint Hills of Kansas, the Canyonlands of Utah, and the Basin Creek area of North Carolina. He appreciated a simple tent, a walk in the woods, a fine scotch, jazz and blues, and his loving family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (2480 B KS Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869) or the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (

“The mountains are calling and I must go” – John Muir


Additional Service: Visitation
Location: Trinity Community Church
Address: 5010 Parallel Pkwy
City: Kansas City
State: KS
Zip Code: 66104
Date: December 08, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Additional Information: No Additional Information Added
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Additional Service: Celebration of Life
Location: Trinity Community Church
Address: 5010 Parallel Pkwy
City: Kansas City
State: KS
Zip Code: 66104
Date: December 08, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Additional Information: No Additional Information Added
Google Map: Click Here to see Location on Map.

Todd Parker December 05, 2017

family friend Leawood , Kansas

Jodee, I am so sorry to hear about Kevin. There is a lot of love being shared in the office for your family. Please know that we are here for you.

Jim and Veronica (Shoffner) Scott December 05, 2017

classmate Kansas City , Kansas

Jim and I were so sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. We are Wyandotte '78 grads., and I went to grade school and middle school with him. Our condolences to your family. We have many fond memories of him.

Rick Findley December 05, 2017

Professional colleague Lenexa , Kansas

Kevin was always upbeat and responsive in all of our work through the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. He is very much missed.

David Cansler December 06, 2017

Friend Mesa , Arizona

It was sad to hear the passing of Kevin. I went to Jr High with Kevin and remember him being a smart and funny guy. Condolences to all of his family.

Rich & Helen Mercer December 06, 2017

Friends Lenexa , Kansas

We know the heartbreak you are suffering at the loss of Kevin. May the caring thoughts of your many friends bring peace & comfort. Our love & sympathy will be with you. We will remember, Kevin, every time we drive through the beautiful Flint Hills.

Laura Heinz December 06, 2017

Friend Prairie Village , Kansas

Jody, Adelle, and Jacqueline, we are so saddened to learn of Kevin's passing. Always loved his stories and his sense of humor. Neither Chris nor I will be able to attend the funeral, but please accept our deepest condolences.

Melissa Boyd Phillips December 06, 2017

Childhood neighbor Mountain View , California

So very sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. I remember sneaking him Snickers bars when he was out here at Stanford for treatments (remember that Scott?). Thoughts and prayers to you all and big hugs from the Phillips.

Richard and Carolyn Boyd December 07, 2017

freinds and neighbors Broken Arrow , Oklahoma

We are thinking of you. We have fond memories of Kevin and all of our kids growing up together.

Patsy Kile December 07, 2017

Family friend Kansas City , Kansas

“Parting is such sorrow...” — sweet because Kevin blessed all he touched and leaves fond memories of a well-lived life, and sorrow because he no longer walks among us to brighten our lives.

Becky Erdahl December 07, 2017

Long-time friend of Jodee Minneapolis , Minnesota

Dear Jodee, Adelle, and Jacqueline. I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the memories of the good times you've had with Kevin. I look forward to seeing you soon so I can hear some of your stories. With much love and warm regards, Becky

Karla Schiller December 08, 2017

Friend Prairie Village , Kansas

I will always remember the way Kevin told stories that made us laugh. Being in his company made life seem brighter, and his bright spirit will always be with us, even though we will miss him greatly. It was an honor to know him.

Greg Schiller December 08, 2017

friend and former co-worker Prairie Village , Kansas

I count myself lucky to have been able to spend some good times with Kevin. He had a way of immediately making you feel at ease, no matter the situation. His humor was infectious and got me through some tough times. He had such a great perspective on the relative importance of things in life. He taught me the value of the phrase "it's important, but it's not THAT important". He new that richness came from the friendships you gain in life, and not the material things. Rest in eternal peace, Kevin. I'll see you on the other side.

Robert Rusbarsky December 08, 2017

Friend Kansas City , Missouri

Kevin was a good friend in college. We had many good times together and many laughs. We got together many times for lunch to 'catch up' and what I remember is how important his wife and kids were to him. I will miss him!!!

Peggy Hopkins December 08, 2017

friend Kansas City , Kansas

Jodee - so sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. I went to Wyandotte with him and have many fond memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Andrea Steinle December 08, 2017

Family Friend Morrison , Colorado

My heart is saddened by the passing of Kevin and I send my sincere condolences and thoughts to the entire Smith family during this very difficult time. My memories of Kevin are as a very sweet and gentle "older brother" who treated me, the youngest girl in the neighborhood, with nothing but kindness. My favorite memories are of him flinging me sky high from the "blimp" or off an inner tube at Grand Lake. Those memories always bring a smile to my heart. May your memories of him remain as beautiful in your hearts.