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Monday, June 7, 2021

Obituary - Canaan Smith

Frederick “Canaan” Lee Smith was born at Shawnee Mission Hospital on May 13, 1983. He died unexpectedly at the age of 38, on May 24, 2021, in Denver, Colorado. 

Canaan was a current resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, and was working as a Millwright Mechanic on gas/steam turbines for power plants with Mohawk Services (MD&A). 

Canaan graduated from Pleasanton High School and attended Johnson County Community College. He later moved to Wichita, Kansas where he managed several Jiffy Lube locations.

He then returned to Ft. Scott where he joined his life-long friend, Steven, working for Mohawk Service. They traveled throughout our nation working on power plant turbines. While in Denver, he obtained his A Mechanic goal. 

Canaan was a devoted son, loyal brother and friend. He enjoyed traveling, loved his 1967 Firebird and doted on his beloved dog, Baby. He loved to cook, watch funny movies, and spend time with friends and family. 

When he was not traveling, you could find him grilling a great steak with shrimp at home. Canaan had a big heart, never met a stranger, always willing to help others and was loved by all those who knew him. He will be deeply missed.

Canaan is survived by his mother, Laura, step-father, Skip Brown, his father, Fred Smith and Sue Carey, his sister, Tanya Glessner and brother-in-law, Randy Glessner, his brother, Jesse Smith and sister-in-law, Misty Smith, grandmother, Marjorie Turner, uncles and aunts, James Grubb, Aideen Grubb, Joel Grubb, Angela Grubb, a multitude of extended family and cousins, his life long friends, Steven Thomas and Christopher Brooks.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 12th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at