McVEYTOWN - Kenneth M. Smith, 61, of 90 Pine Hill Road, McVeytown, died at 9:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, as a result of injuries sustained in a helicopter accident near his home.
Mr. Smith was born on June 27, 1951, in Wayne Township, Mifflin County, a son of James M. Smith and the late Thelma J. (Ranck) Smith, of McVeytown.
He married Carol J. Pollicino on April 24, 1992, in Winchester, Va. She survives at their home.
He also is survived by: children, Tracey L. Carolus and husband, David, of Milroy, and Ken J. Smith, of Dillon Beach, Calif.; a stepson, Nathan E. Longacre, of Mount Union; a granddaughter, Katelyn S. Carolus; and siblings, Dorothy Gearhart, of McVeytown, Peggy Souders and husband, Sam, of Newton Hamilton, Sandra Scott and husband, Eric, of McVeytown, Tammy Worthy and husband, Neal, of Shirleysburg, and Tina S. Smith, of Warfordsburg.
Mr. Smith was the owner of K M Smith & Son Logging and Land Clearing, a business that started with his father, with whom he worked, even as a child, and continued to operate after his father's retirement.
He was a 1969 graduate of Mount Union Area High School.
Mr. Smith was a member of the F & AM Lodge 688, Mount Union.
He was well known as a sprint car owner and driver and raced for many years primarily at Port Royal Speedway. He was also involved in drag-racing, particularly at Beaver Springs, and raced go-karts in his younger years at area tracks.
Mr. Smith will be remembered for his strong work ethic and his generosity to others. He also was proud of his special bond with his granddaughter Katelyn and his constant companion, his dog Belle.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union, with Pastor Brian Myfelt officiating. The interment will be in the Atkinson Mills Methodist Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evening, and from 9 a.m. until the time of the service, on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Huntingdon County Humane Society, 11371 Schoolhouse Hollow Rd, Huntingdon, PA 16652, or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.