Ronald P. “Smitty” Smith, age 88, of Springfield, formerly of West Milton, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019. He was born May 7, 1931 to Estill & Stella (Osborne) Smith in Hite, Kentucky. He is preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Tom Whitaker, brother Wayne “Sonny” Smith, and brother-in-law Ted Stumbo. He is survived by his wife Mary Jane (Kettlehake), whom he married on September 15, 1956, at Hoffman United Methodist Church. He will be remembered by daughter Tammy Whitaker of Flowery Branch, GA and her three children, Rachel, Emily (Lauren) and Joe (Nicole); daughter and son-in-law Mary Ann and Randy Anderson of Newark, OH and their step-son Ken Marotte (Jessie); and great granddaughters Imogen and Logan. He is also survived by siblings Estill “Buddy” (Kathy) Smith, Marlene Stumbo, Jim (Sandy) Rederick, and sister in-law Connie Smith, along with many nieces and nephews. Ronald served proudly in the United States Air Force, and after his discharge in 1961, worked for Dayton Power & Light until he retired in 1997. He was a long-time member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, a lifetime member of VFW Post 8211, and a member of the West Milton Masonic Lodge #577 F&AM. He also was a former member of the Dayton Carver’s Guild and wood carving groups in Sebring, FL. Through good seasons and bad, he was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan. In his later years, he enjoyed volunteering at the Museum of the United States Air Force and was an enthusiastic member of the Memphis Belle Volunteer Restoration Team. The family will receive friends from 6-7 PM on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1209 S. Miami St, West Milton, OH. A Masonic and memorial service will follow at 7:00 pm. Arrangements are in care of Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1209 S. Miami St, West Milton, OH 45383, Community Mercy Hospice, 100 W. McCreight Ave, #400, Springfield, OH 45504, or a charity of choice. Online memories of Ronald may be left for the family at www.hale-sarver.com.
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