Ronald H. Smith, 65, of Big Lake, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, surrounded by his family at home.
He was born in Austin on June 16, 1946, to Howard and Nettie Smith, and was raised in Lansing. On Oct. 17, 1964, he married Mildred Kaye Andersen. They were together 17 years and had three children. During that time Mr. Smith worked for Tempo, Hormel Foods and Combined Insurance.
On Feb. 11, 1989, he married Pam Ihrke. They resided in Plainview, Rochester, and for the past 12 years, Big Lake. He worked for Sunrise Assisted Living and Hoglund Bus Co.
Mr. Smith was an avid sportsman and looked forward each year to hunting deer with his crew of family and friends. He relished every opportunity to go fishing and especially enjoyed his weekends with Pam at “the shack.” He also enjoyed playing cards, golf and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
The funeral service was Thursday, Oct. 20 at Svea Hill Community Covenant Church in Big Lake Township.
Survivors include his wife, Pam, of Big Lake; sons, Raymie (Sarah) of Austin, and Tim (Val) of West Concord; daughter, Kayla (Bill) of Hutchinson; brother, Randy (Kim) of Blooming Prairie; sisters, Phyllis of Eagle, Idaho, Dee of Dallas, Texas, and Shirley of Bettendorf, Iowa; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sharon.