Kevin Ray Smith, 62, of Albion, passed from this life to the next at his residence on June.

He was born Oct. 6, 1957 in Olney, the son of Margaret (Hughes) and Elmer Smith. He married Kathy Gregory on July 1, 1979 at the First Christian Church in Albion, and she survives.

Kevin was a proud, loving husband, father and papaw. He loved farming, hunting and four-wheeling. He was a hard-working man who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Kevin owned and operated the family centennial farm and spent his most recent years at Toyota in Quality Assurance.

He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Kathy; two daughters, Melissa (Michael) Crickman and Krista (Tyler) Antrim, both of Carterville, Ill.; two sons: Dustin (April) Smith of Evansville, Ind. and Chad (Ally) Smith of St. Louis, Mo.; and five grandchildren, Lillie, Isabelle, Makaya, Maysa and Magraw.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Elmer Smith; his close grandpa, John Hughes; his grandson, Myles Crickman; aunt and uncle, Bernadine and Ivan Smith; aunt, Virginia Kimbrough, and uncle, Van Sharp.

A private graveside service was held Friday, June 5 at Little Prairie Cemetery. For additional information, contact Melissa Crickman at 618-445-7869.

Memorials may be made to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline with checks made out to Vibrant Emotional Health in Memory of Kevin Smith, or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Memorials will be accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences and fond memories may be left for the family at and are especially welcomed during this trying time.

Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home of Albion is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.