Obituaries

Beard Sr., Kenneth “Kenny” Raymond

Kenneth “Kenny” Raymond Beard Sr., 80, passed away on October 4, 2017.

He was a retired employee of Corhart Refractories, a 1954 graduate of Male High School, a member of the Masonic Lodge 959, a Kentucky Colonel and an inductee of the Softball Hall of Fame. Kenny loved ballroom dancing, was an avid hunter and was a member of the NRA and Beechland Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother, Don Beard.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 59 years, Joyce Darlene (Wilson) Beard; his children, Brenda Auter (Greg), Kenneth R. Beard, Jr. (Debbie) and Terry Lynn Dunn (Tootie); grandchildren, Simon Auter, Sheena R. Dunn and Jason Beard; great-grandchildren, Brooklin Dunn and Ty Barton; sister-in-law, Sharon Eaves (John) and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Highway with entombment in Louisville Memorial Gardens West.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Smith, Thomas J.

Thomas J. Smith, 70, of Louisville passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Tom was born February 4, 1947 in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of the late (William) Kenneth Smith and Mary Julia Smith. He was preceded in death by both.

Thomas J. Smith

He was a graduate of Seneca High School in 1966 and attended Jefferson Community College in 1971.

After graduating from high school, Tom joined the United States Army in 1966, serving as a combat ranger until he was severely wounded in action, earning a Purple Heart Medal and eventually Honorable Discharge in 1968.

Tom was a retired missile launch coordinator for the Naval Ordnance Plant in Louisville. Previously, he worked for over a decade at General Electric Appliance Park. He is a valued member of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and longtime member of Zoneton Masonic Lodge #964 and Kosair Shrine Temple.

He is survived by two daughters, Lindsey Gorman of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Rachel Smith of Atlanta, Georgia, and a nine year old grandson, Alex Gorman of Winston-Salem. His ex-wife is Sharon Smith, Retired Executive R.J. Reynolds (Brown & Williamson). Tom has two sisters Mary Ann Smith and Elizabeth (Liz) Smith. He remained very proud of his Lebanese heritage as well.

Tom’s funeral service was held at noon on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 930 Ormsby Road, with visitation starting at 11 a.m. at the same site.

Tom will be interred in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff with full Military Honors. A lunch will be served at a local Radcliff restaurant immediately following the military internment service.

In lieu of flowers it is suggested that contributions be made in Tom’s name to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.

Becker, Austin Edward

Austin Edward Becker, 31, of Louisville passed away on Tuesday October 3, 2017.

He was a graduate of Ballard High School and received his degree in Industrial Maintance from Elizabethtown Technical College and was a member of Southeast Christian Church. Austin was a gifted athlete, playing soccer and played football for Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Ann Fuchs Becker, and his grandparents.

Survivors include his father, Dr. Michael Becker (Jeanette); brothers, Dr. Aaron (Harper), Dr. Adam (Liz), Alex (fiancé, Jenny) and Alan Becker (Casey); step-sisters, Brook Dawson (Darren) and Maggie Burd (Kelly); step-brother, John Michael Sullivan (Jessica). Austin is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service was held at noon on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to a charity of your choice.

Crenshaw, Joanna Frances

Joanna Frances Crenshaw, 79, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 7, 2017 after a lengthy illness.

Joanna, born October 23, 1937, was the daughter of Lawrence Richard and Sarah Frances Waldridge Bowles. Joanna was a member of Highland Park First Baptist Church and a life-long Baptist. She was employed by G.M.A.C. and later founded a costume business in Louisville, becoming owner and manager. Her hobby was sewing and she became the first founder and President of the American Sewing Guild, Louisville Chapter. Joanna loved children and worked with them for many years in church, school and Scouts. Joanna was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Gerald Ray, Jr., and brothers, Marritt B., William R. and James Franklin.

She is survived by her loving, devoted husband of 60 years, Gerald Ray; son, Michael David (Tonya); grandsons, Zachary David and Matthew Daniel; step-grandson, James Wesley Thomas; brother, Lawrence Edward Bowles, Sr.; sisters, Dora Beatrice Rixman and Jeannetta Jean Newsome as well as many relatives and friends.

Her funeral will be officiated by Dr. Jerry Browning at 10 a.m. Thursday at Fern Creek Funeral Home, 5406 Bardstown Road with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Knight, Glenn Thomas

Glenn Thomas Knight, 66, of Louisville passed away Monday, October 2, 2017 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was a graduate of Waggener High School, he received his bachelors from University of Louisville School of Business and MBA from Bellarmine University. During his time at University of Louisville he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Glenn was a lifelong resident of the Saint Matthews community. He served as the former mayor of Norbourne Estates, Executive Director of St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce and as the Real Estate Broker for Insuramax Realty. Glenn enjoyed many years of coaching at St. Matthews Little League and Our Lady of Lourdes, and was an avid UofL fan. He was an outgoing man who never met a stranger and would go the extra mile for anyone he met. He could brighten any room with his smile and personality. He cherished his family, close friendships, but most of all his loving wife of 43 years, Karen. He will be missed by all.

Glenn was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Knight Jr. and his grandparents, Norman and Vernelle McLellan.

He is survived today by his wife, Karen; mother, Barbara McLellan Knight; son, Brian Knight (Megan); daughter, Stephanie Embry (Colin); granddaughters, Callie and Ella Embry; uncle, Linden McLellan (Betty); sister-in-law, Connie Fowler (Alan); brother-in-laws, Mike Moore (Barbara) and John Moore; many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

His Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017 at St. Margaret Mary Church, 7813 Shelbyville Rd. Louisville, KY 40222.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Trinity High School, Assumption High School or a charity of your choice.

Spalding, Stewart Ryan

Stewart Ryan Spalding, 37, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2017, surrounded by family and close friends. Stewart was the loving father of three daughters, Lillian, Lachlynn and Layton. He is survived by his daughters, devoted parents, Constance Cogan Spalding and Wallace H. Spalding, III, and siblings Cynthia Spalding Knapek (Mark), Christopher (Beth), Stephanie Spalding Bilbrey (Ryan), Shawn (Allison) and Sabrina. He predeceases his grandmother, Doris Cogan, 22 aunts and uncles, 32 cousins, four nephews, two nieces and many extended family members.

A 2008 graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Stewart joined his father in legal practice as a third generation attorney. He was a 2002 graduate from the University of Louisville where he earned dean’s list honors and was a member of the football program. While at UofL, Stewart was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, serving in several leadership roles. He was also a proud member of the Sigma Pi Alpha Honor Society. Stewart was a 1998 graduate of St. Xavier High School and is a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church.

A devoted father, brother and son, Stewart’s determination knew no bounds. Be it on the field or caring for his cherished daughters, he worked tirelessly. Under his broad shoulders and mischievous grin lived a deep sense of compassion. Stewart was a shining example of love to all who knew him and will be best remembered for his warm heart and charisma. As a loyal fan of UofL athletics and a director of the L-Club, Stewart frequented Cardinals football, basketball and many other sporting events in support of his alma mater, most always with his three daughters. His girls were his singular purpose.

Stewart’s funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. A burial service will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

The Spalding family has established “The Stewart R. Spalding Children’s Trust” for the benefit of his daughters. In lieu of flowers or similar gestures, expressions of sympathy may be addressed to the trust at 2950 Breckenridge Ln. #3, Louisville, KY 40220.

Ziegler, Danny E.

Danny E. Ziegler, 60, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017.

Family and friends are mourning the heartbreaking loss of a good man. As a dedicated son and brother, a rascally son-in-law, a generous mentor, a mischievous brother-in-law and uncle, a caring father-figure, an outstanding friend and a great buddy through his love of family, friends, work and life, he is a role model to us all.

His greatest loss will be to the roles he cherished the most: as an extraordinary, joyful father to “his girls” and as an aggravating husband who never gave up trying to keep a smile in the heart of his secretly adoring wife.

Thank you Danny. We love you.

He was a co-owner of Delta Services. Danny was a member of the National Hot Rod Association and IBEW Local 369.

Danny was preceded in death by his father, Dan Ziegler, and best-friend, Bryon Pruitt.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Kathy Ziegler; his girls, Austin Marie Ziegler (Scott Gilde) and Danielle “Monkey” Stivers (Zach); mother, Mary Anne Ziegler; sister, Julie Brady (Rob); nephews, Tyler Brady and Henry Heist; niece, Tori Brady (Jordan Duncan); mother-in-law, Arlene “Butch” Rigsby (Bob Bonvier); sisters-in-law, Teri Heist (Mike), Paula Fleenor (Kevin) and the sons of his heart, Cody Philhower and Luke Piro.

His celebration of life Mass was held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S 5th St. with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Special Olympics.