Ronald L. Smith, 75


Ronald L. Smith, 75, of West Bend, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at his home after a six-month battle with cancer.

He was born on Oct. 30, 1937, in Sheboygan to the late James and Rose (nee Ardts-Parman) Smith. Ron graduated from Central High School, Sheboygan, in the class of 1955. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1956-58 and was stationed in Germany. He worked as a sheet metal journeyman for many years and was employed by Ted Kuck Company and Aldag Sheet Metal in Sheboygan and later was employed as a shop foreman at Zien Plumbing and Heating in Milwaukee, until retiring in 2000.

Ron was united in marriage to Mary Johnson on Sept. 10, 1960, at St. Dominicís Parish in Sheboygan. Mary passed away in 1991. He then was united in marriage to Carol Cook-Steinmetz of West Bend on Oct. 23, 1993, at Immaculate Conception Parish in Sheboygan. Following their marriage, Ron and Carol lived in West Bend.

Ron was a member of St. Maryís Immaculate Conception Parish in West Bend and Sheet Metal Workers Union Local No. 18. He enjoyed collecting model cars, going to car shows and golfing in the Wednesday Menís League at Arrowhead Golf Course. Ron especially enjoyed attending his grandchildrenís sporting events, concerts and recitals. Ron is survived by his wife, Carol; four children, Jackie (Brian) Hasenstein of Sheboygan, Chris (Michael) Friese of Appleton, Jeff (Cary) Smith of Cleveland, and Michael (Tina) Smith of Green Bay; three step-children, Greg (Chris) Steinmetz of West Bend, Bobbi Jo (Scott) Kuklinski of West Bend, and Mark (Dawn) Steinmetz of West Bend; 17 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Mary, and a brother along with his wife, Donald and Lois Smith.

Mass of Christian Burial in remembrance of Ron will be held on Friday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish, (1305 Humboldt Ave.), Sheboygan. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Sheboygan. Visitation will be at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, (1315 W. Washington St.), West Bend, on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and at the church in Sheboygan on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. A memorial fund has been established in Ronís name.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nursing staff of The Kathy Hospice, especially Katie, Krystal, and Amber for the loving care Ron received during his illness.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.myrhum-patten.com.