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Ronald G. Smith, Sr.

02/22/1947 - 10/02/2020

Ronald (Ron) G. Smith, Sr., 73, of Virginia, (formally of New Jersey) was welcomed into
God’s loving arms October 2, 2020 at 3:15 a.m. surrounded by family. A Memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Range Funeral Home in Virginia at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Chaplain Daniel Triestman will officiate. In lieu of flowers, a go fund me page has been established to defer medical and funeral costs. Https://gf.me/u/y3j2bu. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

Ron was born on February 22, 1947 in Trenton, NJ to Robert J. Smith, Sr. and Helen M. Smith (Ware). Ron graduated from Trenton Central High, class of 1965. Ron started his career in newspaper at the Trenton Times then the Trentonion. It was at that time that he met the love of his life, Linda Woldanski and started a family. Ron spent a short time as a printer before taking a job with Fritolay as a sales rep. Ron then went on to sell cars and eventually became an advertising sales rep at the Burlington County Times. After retirement, Ron moved to Minnesota to be with his grandchildren. During his retirement he spent his time doing different part time jobs. One of his favorite jobs was as a delivery driver for his daughters deli (Deli-icious). He loved bringing a smile to everyone he visited; Ron loved talking to everyone. Ron’s favorite pastime was spending the weekends at their boat in Barnegate Bay, New Jersey. Ron was an extremely loving man and was extremely loved in return.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Robert J. Smith, Sr. and Helen Smith; brother, Robert J. Smith, Jr.; and sister-in-law, Alberta Smith.

Ron is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda of Virginia; 3 children, Ronald (Angela) Smith, Jr. of Virginia; Melanie (Michael) Smith of Chisholm, and Sarah (Cory) Burton of Grand Rapids; 5 grandchildren, Robert Burton, Amanda (Aaron) Vilbrandt, Corrin (Nick) Burton, Brianna (Zach) Vilbrandt and Savannah Burton; one great grandson, baby boy Tuominen to be born in January; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Honorary bearers are Aaron Diltz, Zachary Tuominen, Robert Burton, Ronald Smith, Jr., Michael Jugovich, Andrew Jugovich, and Cory Maver.

8 thoughts on “Ronald G. Smith, Sr.”

  1. Jim Krause Jr says:

    One can never forget all the crazy stuff you me and John did or got into,or our trips to the lake and cabin. Cant forget the fun times we all had at your house and Linda keeping us in line. We’ll meet again someday. Miss you buddy!

  2. Wendy Smith Anderson says:

    Uncle Ronny, you were a huge part of my life. I will always love you. Till we meet again, Wenwen

  3. Sorayawati Smith says:

    Such a lovely tribute to a darling man. I didn’t learn much new because Ron was an open book with an open heart. He spoke constantly about his family, particularly his beloved Linda! If I had a dollar for every time he said, “I’m the luckiest man alive! I don’t know how the most beautiful woman in the world loved me!” My deepest condolences to all your dear family. Sending love and prayers.

  4. Dan & Donna Powell says:

    RIP you will be sadly missed

  5. Dawn Golding says:

    I’ll always remember your dad with great fondness. He always had a smile on his face, and was a joy to be around. Sending all my love and care during this difficult time.

  6. Barbara Raymond says:

    Always in our hearts and now sharing the heavens with Warren to keep watch over those of us who smile with wonderful memories and give thanks for the blessings of their lives. Ron’s Deliscious Sunday meals and warmth for family and friends will live on in spirit til the end of time . I am praying for comfort for your beautiful family.

  7. Nancy Smith says:

    Remembering all of our great times at the BCT. RIP Ron. My deepest condolences to your family.

  8. Ronald Smith Jr. says:

    Love you more than you ever knew Dad will see you in not to long say hi to everybody up there. I will take care of everybody here don’t worry.

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Wednesday 10/07/2020 at 11:00 AM
Range Funeral Homes, 16th Street North, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 AM