Ronald Gene "Ronnie" Smith, 78, of Ozark, Mo., born Feb. 16, 1937, in St. Louis, Mo., passed away Jan. 30, 2016, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Mo.
Ronnie graduated from East St. Louis High School where he was a standout athlete, leading his football team to a four year undefeated record. He later attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. He served six years in the United Stated National Guard. Other organizations where he contributed his service were the Lions Club and the Moose Lodge.
Ronnie married Dolores Kroenung on May 29, 1964, in Belleville, Ill. He was a master electrician and was a member of the IBEW 176 of Joliet, Ill., and IBEW 309 of St. Louis, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chauncey and Alberta Smith; and his brother, Vernon.
Ronnie is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dolores; his daughter, Jill Randolph and her husband Alan; a grandson, Nathan Salinas; five nieces, Pam, Kim, Terry, Pam, and Donna; and a nephew, Bryan.
Services: A celebration of life was held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Greenlawn Funeral Home East with a visitation following. Inurnment will be at a later date at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
GREENLAWN FUNERAL HOME EAST, Springfield, Mo.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 5, 2016