Kimberly A. Smith-Fortner

Smith-Fortner, Kim

Kim quietly passed on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 11:30 am. She was born December 12, 1964 to Roger and Virginia Smith. Roger was the owner of Roger Smith & Sons Toyota located at 7301 State Avenue in Kansas City, KS. Kim worked for her father at the dealership for 254 years as a finance manager and sales manager. Kim was the youngest of four children who all worked at the dealership. Working side by side with her father and her siblings gave her great pride and a lot of responsibility. Her work ethic and dedication to her employees and customers was extraordinary. Kim achieved many accolades and contest trips from corporate Toyota for her outstanding performance.

Kim married Russ Fortner December 1, 1994. Russ is also a sales manager employed at Northtowne VW, Hyundai, and Mazda for the past 18 years. Kim and Russ decided to adopt a child. They traveled to Russia in the summer of 1997 and came home with 22 month old Brock A. Fortner. Brock quickly became Kim’s pride and joy and she toted him along practically everywhere she went. Brock even had a designated area in his grandpa’s office at the dealership because of his hours spent there. Brock went with Kim and Russ on many Toyota trips eve though children were prohibited from attending. Toyota always made an exception just for Kim.

Kim enjoyed many things. She was a Chief’s season ticket holder since 1983, loved going to concerts, boating at Lake Perry, partying with friends, hauling kids around, vacationing and most of all hanging out with her dad. Everyone who knew her loved Kim and she will be desperately missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Please accept an invitation to attend a celebration of Kim’s life from 4-7 PM on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 11 at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum, 8321 Quivira Road, Lenexa.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure at



  1. Jane Curran on October 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Dear Brock,
    All of us here at Accelerated Schools are so sorry for the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your dad at this sad time.

  2. The Westbrook Family on October 9, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    To the Smith and Fortner family.
    We are saddened to hear of Kim’s passing. We enjoyed her and the entire Smith-Fortner family while Ronnie worked at Roger Smith & Sons and appreciated their support when he passed.Her passionate friendship, laugh and presence will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The Wesbrooks

  3. Rob Gleissner on October 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Russ: So sorry to hear about Kim’s passing. I met Kim in 1987 when I worked for Universal Underwriters. The Smith’s were a long time customer and when Universal went into the F&I business I was directed to talk to Kim. I was fortunate to sign them up to produce F&I over the years became a good friend to Kim. She was always bubbly and had a smile on her face. She was a great F&I person and she treated everyone right. After I became the RSM for Universal, I would run into her in different places and she always took time to say hello. She will be missed.

  4. Gene Barnett on October 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Sorry that tragedy has struck you in such a harsh way. I had meet your wife earlier in her life when i work for John Chezik. Thought highly of her and loved her outgoing personality.

  5. Charles and Colleen Templer on October 8, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Russ and Brock, we are very sorry to learn of Kim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you both. Love, Aunt Colleen and Uncle Charlie

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