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Ronald E. Smith

Born: Fri., Sep. 12, 1924
Died: Mon., Sep. 21, 2020


Memorial Service

11:30 AM Fri., Sep. 25, 2020
Location: Lolo Community Church


Military Honors

1:30 PM Fri., Sep. 25, 2020
Location: Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery


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Florence - Ronald E. Smith was born in Sylvan Lake, MI on September 21, 1924. He passed into the presence of his Lord Jesus Christ on September 21, 2020. He had just turned 96 years old just 9 days before. Ron’s wife Barbara J. Smith preceded him on December 7, 2033. Their legacy included 5 children; Bill, Jeannie, Dianne, Collen and Tom; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Ron joined the U.S. Navy on March 20, 1943, was married to Barbara, while serving, on September 28, 1944, and was honorably discharged on November 5, 1945. He served as a special photographer courier. He was entrusted with carrying the ships payroll in his photography boxes. He also performed special duty patrolling on shore. He returned to Michigan after his discharge and entered a stone mason apprenticeship with tutelage by his father Clarence, a master stone mason. There are many fine examples of Ron’s stone and masonry work around the country to include Camp Utmost and Camp Elohim and many others. Ron and Barbara moved to Montana in 1976 settling in Missoula, then Stevensville and finally Florence. He resided last in Florence, in the last house he built when he was 86 years old. After the death of his wife in 2003, he developed a special relationship with Marilyn Carter, that remained true to his faith and the word of God. In mid-August this year, he moved into Kathy’s Place at his own request where he resided 5 weeks until his graduation to Glory where he awaits all of us who know Jesus Christ as our savior and Lord. He will be genuinely missed by all who knew him.

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Bill and Marci Coleman
   Posted Wed September 23, 2020
So very sad to hear about the passing of Ron. He was a wonderful neighbor and good friend. Its a joy to know that he is with Jesus now. Our prayers are with all of you as you go through this week and the weeks to come. Love Bill and Marci Coleman.

jan anthony
   Posted Sat September 26, 2020
Remember Ron from the VA Clinic in Missoula. He was such an energetic man even in his later years. Enjoyed hearing about his building projects, he was a busy man. Rest in Peace Ron and my condolences to his family. Jan, retired staff nurse VA Msla.

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