Colonel Edward Smith, Jr.

August 16, 2020

Colonel Edward Smith, Jr. of Frankfort, died August 16, 2020 at IU Health Frankfort Hospital.  He was born July 1, 1944 in Frankfort to Colonel Edward Smith and LaDonna M. (Phillips) Smith Roth.  He married Judy Ann Bennett in 1967 and they later divorced.  He married Charlene Daniels in 1984 in Kentucky and she survives.

Colonel was a 1962 graduate of Frankfort Senior High School and earned his Associate Degree from Bainbridge Maryland Electrical School.  He served in the United States Navy from June 1962 to February 1966.  He was a Supervisor at Chrysler in Kokomo for 42 years and a driver at the Paul Phillippe Resource Center for over 10 years.  Colonel was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 976, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1110, and American Legion Post 12, all in Frankfort.  He enjoyed shooting pool, hunting, and traveling.

Memorial donations may be made in Colonel’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana  46209.

Visitation and Services

A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Archer-Weston Funeral & Cremation Center, 501 E. Clinton Street, Frankfort.  Friends may visit 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.  Entombment will take place in Green Lawn Mausoleum.  Out of respect for the health, safety, and comfort of all in attendance, guests will be expected to adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks.  

Survived by:

Surviving along with his wife: Charlene are his Daughters: Angela (Jerry) Ballew of Swayzee, Dandrea (Brian) Cress of Texas, and Rhonda Brock of Frankfort; Son: Steve Brock of Lebanon; Brother: Kevin (Tiffany) Smith of Frankfort; 16 Grandchildren; and 4 Great-Grandchildren.  

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father: Myron Roth.


Leave your Condolences

23 Condolences for “Colonel Edward Smith, Jr.”

  1. VICKI ALBAUGH August 17, 2020 at 2:26 pm


  2. Debbie Kruse August 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Fly high Kern! My condolences to the family!😢😢😢😢😢🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  3. Lisa Shumate August 17, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    I’m so very sorry to see Him leave our world. He was such a nice man and will be sadly missed.

  4. Marilyn & John Amos August 17, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Charlene & children, I send hugs & prayers in the loss of Kern. He had such a good heart & his kindness shown to others was one of a kind! FLY HIGH KERN! GOD sure got an amazing ANGEL!

  5. Alicia Hottenstine August 17, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Sorry for your loss. U was a great person. RIP.. Sincerely, Alicia Hottenstine & Steve Seabolt

  6. Chris & Suellen Myers August 17, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Very sorry to learn this news. He was a great guy and will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  7. Linda Stringer August 17, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Colonel will be sadly missed. I use the Resource Center buses for transportation to and from work. He was my favorite bus driver. He and Charlene were among my favorite customers at Goodwill.

  8. Andrew and Jess August 17, 2020 at 9:48 pm


    You are in our thoughts and prayers. No words could express how truly Kern will be missed. He was a great one.

    We love you.

  9. Barbara and Clyde Baker August 17, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Charlene and family, Clyde and I are so sorry to hear about Kern. May God give you and the family, strength and comfort in the days ahead.

  10. Mitzi Shepard August 18, 2020 at 9:24 am

    So sorry you’re gone Kern. My prayers go out to your family. RIP cousin! See you on the other side!

  11. Veronica (Poo) and Mario Ruiz August 18, 2020 at 9:28 am

    We are so sorry for your loss Charlene and family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you! May God be with you and comfort you through this difficult time!

  12. Gloria Hite August 18, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family.

  13. Cathy Cooper August 18, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Charlene So sorry to hear this! You and his family will be in my thoughts & prayers! I love you my friend!💓😇

  14. Starr Payne August 18, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Charlene, I’m not able to attend services but please know I’m right there hugging you. I am so very sorry for your pain. ❤️❤️❤️

  15. Dave Dunkin August 18, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Sorry to hear of Colonel’s passing. Good friends in high school and was a good person!

  16. Judy spears and spears family August 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Kernel was a great guy my husband used to haul his trash and things away he will be missed

  17. CONNIE Stevens King August 18, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    Sorry for your lost if a family member. I knew of Kern because of his by other Kevin. So sorry for all the family. Sending prayers.

  18. Rick & Jane Gunter August 19, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Rick & I are so sorry for your loss, Thoughts & Prayers for you & the family.

  19. RitaYork August 19, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    I’m sorry very sorry Charlene, my heart and prayers go out to you!!! You need anything at all please calll!!!

  20. Connie Brown August 19, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Sending our thoughts and prayers to Charlene and all of Colonel’s family and friends. He was my boss for many years at Chrysler. He was a good one. Praying God lifts you all up and carries you through this time of grief. Sincerely, Connie and Mike Brown and family

  21. Jamie Cobbs August 20, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Thank you for sharing the memories of your family!

  22. Rita Bolen August 20, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Charlene I am so sorry for your loss. If you need some one to listen, I’m here. PJ really liked Colonel. You guys were great neighbors.

  23. Mike and Kathy Beard August 23, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Dear Kern,
    You will be missed my friend. We shared many a laugh and good times together, and I am so sorry you didn’t make it to Idaho to share our mountains
    and lake. You were in the navy and now you have your wings.
    See you brother when I cross over the Rainbow Bridge. Until then save a place for me and my wife.
    Love, Mike

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