Kenneth A. Liechty

Kenneth A. Liechty died on Thursday, August 20, 2020. He passed peacefully with his wife at his side. Ken was born in Provo, UT on September 10, 1927 to Josiah Nephi Liechty and Johanna Urhan, who were Swiss and German immigrants. Ken was an only child, and he learned high German from his schoolteacher mother. At an early age, he demonstrated tremendous talent for painting, especially watercolors. After graduating from high school, he served in Korea and then went on to serve a mission to Switzerland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He attended Brigham Young University and majored in art. His watercolors were unrivaled even by his professors. He went on to teach high school art and then took a job at Geneva Steel.  He retired early to pursue his watercolor painting. He married Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Gardner on August 27, 1960 in the St. George Temple. He remained a prolific artist his entire life trading watercolor for colored pencils in his final years. He generated an amazing portfolio of work that decorates generations of the family’s walls.

Ken loved gardening, painting, and drawing. His love of nature is visible in his artwork. Ken also enjoyed traveling the world with his family and sharing his experiences with others. He was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren, and they all adored him completely. Ken was a kind, generous soul whose patience knew no boundaries and never had a negative word for anyone or anything. He was known for his quiet but sharp sense of humor and was rumored to be a sly trickster.

Ken and Betty Lou are parents to Kenneth Wayne Liechty (Kirstin) and Mary Katherine Liechty Faris (Michael), and grandparents to eleven grandchildren Cody, Dylan, Amanda, Lindsay, Cole, Abigail, Olivia, Aedan, Nathaniel, Stella, and Jack and one great grandchild, Jaxx. He will be dearly missed.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, August 28, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah 84770. Services may be viewed online (Live or up to 90 days after the service), please go to and type in the event number 35660 and password KAL2020. Interment is on Thursday, September 3, 2020, 12:00 noon at Provo City Cemetery, 610 S State St, Provo, UT 84606.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guest book at




Second Visitation


10:00 a.m.


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


12:00 Noon
Provo City Cemetery
610 S State St, Provo, UT 84606

Guest Book

6 Responses

  1. He was a nice man and a good grandpa to his grandchildren and a good father to be will be missed a lot he loved betty so much

  2. Sending love and prayers to Ken’s family. He lived a great, full life. I didn’t know him well, I am sorry for that. RIP Ken.❤

  3. I worked with Kenneth at United States Steel Geneva Works in the Plate Shipping Department for years. He had a strong work ethic, many friends, and great personality. It was a pleasure to know him. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. We were privileged to be neighbors and ward members of Ken and Betty Lou in Provo. They are a couple of the finest people we have ever known and dear friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty Lou and their children and grandchildren.

  5. When I attended BYU in the late sixties and early seventies I lived in Johanna Liechty’s home next door to Ken and Betty Lou and their children Mary Katherine and Kenny Wayne. Ken and Betty Lou we’re good neighbors and Ken was instrumental in my getting a job at Geneva steel in the same department he worked, Production Planning. I later went into teaching and am now retired. The last time I saw Ken and Betty Lou was in 1996 when I left to teach for the army in Germany. They were good neighbors and I’m glad I got to find out about Ken’s passing and view the funeral service online.

  6. We mourn the death of Ken, but honor the time we spent with him and his good wife, Betty Lou, who we knew as Elizabeth. They were wonderful and true to their faith. He would teach our priesthood meeting when he could with incite and a strong spirit. She was always positive and helping Ken do so many things. Just two wonderful people.
    David and Maxine Humphrey

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