Det. Sarah Elizabeth Smith

Det. Sarah E. Smith, 55, of Lenexa, KS passed away Friday February 8, 2019. 


Sarah was born March 12, 1963 to Shirley and Patrick Keating in Kansas City, KS.  She graduated from Spring Hill High School in 1981 and went on to earn an associate’s degree from Johnson County Community College in 1983.  After graduation from JCCC, Sarah joined the Lenexa Police Department and graduated from the police academy later that same year.  She earned the rank of Detective in 1995.  Sarah retired from the police department on July 11, 2003 after 20 years of service.  On November 26, 2005, Sarah married Barney “Skip” Smith.  Sarah was a dedicated mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend.


  Sarah was preceded in death by her father, Patrick in 1997.  She is survived by her husband Barney “Skip” Smith; her son, Ryan Vogelsberg; her mother, Shirley Keating; three brothers, Michael Keating and wife Marilyn; John Keating; Brian Keating and wife Brenda; two sisters, Rebecca Baldwin and husband Gregg; Julie Schuhmacher and husband Karl.  Sarah is also survived by 4 nieces, 4 nephews and 2 great nieces . 

Celebration of Life Services

Please join the family of Sarah Smith for a celebration of her life which will be held Saturday April
27th at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, Overland Park, from 10am to 12:30pm. This will be an
informal gathering of those who knew and loved Sarah, to share stories and memories in her honor.
Please feel free to share this information with anyone else you might think would like to attend.

Memorial Contributions

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hope Builders, 11184 Antioch Rd #324, Overland Park, KS 66210; or to Humane Society of Greater Kansas City; 5445 Parallel Parkway; Kansas City, KS, 66104.  

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19 Comments on “Det. Sarah Elizabeth Smith”

  1. Buck Berndt Says:

    Our deepest and most sincere condolences from Lucy and myself

  2. Mike Keating Says:

    I remember when you were born, and how you grew up, and your entry into your career, birth of your son, and things important to you. For years, we spoke up to twice a day on the phone, until you were less able.

    We propped each other up, when necessary. For me, it was a big deal. As you were unable to get past our father’s death, I doubt I will fully recover from yours. Marilyn and I are in deep mourning.

    May the Blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit come upon your soul, and remain forever. Amen.

    We love you!
    Mike and Mare

  3. Patti Solar Says:

    Fly with the Angel’s sweet sweet Sarah. You will deeply missed.

    My deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Keating family.

    You all will be in my thoughts during this difficult time.


    Patti Ewald-Solar

  4. Shane Brazil Says:

    To family and friends of Sarah, I was extremely sad to learn of Sarah’s passing. I have worked with her Brother, Mike, in law enforcement since 1981 and have known Sarah almost as long. She was a wonderful person. My sincere condolences.

    Shane Brazil

  5. Teresa Says:

    My heart breaks for you all. Prayers and Hugs to you all.
    Teresa (Harralson) Dougan

  6. Janna Swierczek Says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of a beautiful former student at SHHS. Sarah was sweet, kind, and a student I remember with fondness. It is so uplifting to read about her career and family, and I know everyone will miss her and her gentle spirit. Memories will sustain all of us and I pray for all of her family members as they remember the best times and the contribution Sarah made to all of our lives!
    Mrs. Janna (Watson) Swierczek, Home Economics

  7. Anita Carpenter Says:

    Sincere sympathy to all Sarah’s family.
    I always enjoyed visiting with her. She
    will be missed.
    Anita Carpenter

  8. Anne Hunt Mohr Says:

    So sorry for your family’s loss! I had the pleasure of working with Sarah at Lenexa Police Department. I remember Sarah as a kind and funny person. Prayers for you all.

  9. Timothy Seibert Says:

    So sorry to hear. Praying for the family. (I worked with your family member at Garmin).

  10. Oscar Thomasson Says:

    The Detectives Lament

    In Honored Memory

    Detective Sarah E. Keating-Smith ret.

    For I have been too long in the company of death, too long I’ve felt it’s icy breath.

    For I am the one seeks the truth, the speaker for the dead who gathers proof.

    The one who must open Lady Justice’ blinded eyes and search out the guilty’s lies.

    The one who they call when life ends, to make sense of the senseless for the family and friends.

    I note and measure, seeking truth’s elusive treasure.

    I talk and listen wrapped up in a solemn mission.

    I stand against evil and all it’s ways

    Terrible memories I will carry for the rest of my days

    When at the end of my watch, stock I shall take. I will give thanks for the difference I make.

    For I was too long in the company of death, too long I felt it’s icy breath.

    Yet death holds no fear for me, for I know the One who rules eternity.
    For I will make my home where death has died and no more tears shall ever be cried.

  11. Karen Norman Says:

    To Shirley and siblings. I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Please know I am thinking of you.

  12. Dan Carney Says:

    My prayers are with all of your family today. I’m so sorry to hear this news. Sarah was a friend and fellow police officer going back to the Academy days. She will be greatly missed.

  13. Bill Batt Says:

    The Shirley Keating family, we are so sorry for your loss, we have known the Keating family for many years. Our prayers for the entire family. God Bless. Bill & Marty

  14. Jim and Barb Weaver Says:

    Our sympathy and prayers for Sarah and all in her family. Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine shine upon her.

  15. Jack Cauley Says:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew Sarah. I have such fond memories of Sarah, working together at the Lenexa Police Department, attending the Police Academy together, and spending time together as friends. She always brought a smile to my face. We all will miss Sarah.

  16. Dave Moore Says:

    May the Grace of God sustain you in your loss. What a privilege to have known such a good person who was also a great Peace Officer. Sarah will be missed!

  17. Bob Wessling Says:

    My sincere condolences to the Keating family. God bless Sarah and all the family.

  18. Sharon (Procter) Mann Says:

    Sarah was always a good friend in High School. I have such fond memories. What I remember most about her was her laugh. All my sympathy to her family.

  19. David Fickes Says:

    Grew up with Sarah during our High School years/College years. Worked with her at the Oak Park 6 Theatres. She was one of our gang. I knew her as “Sam”.
    She was a fantastic person, and a very good friend. I am thankful the chapter in my life that she occupies.

    My condolences to John, Brain and the the rest of her family whom I never had the pleasure to meet.

    Peace be with you Sam.

    See you in the next life.


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