Ralph Douglas Smith
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Ralph Douglas Smith, 88, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Gateway Hospital.
Ralph was born in Marrowbone, Kentucky on September 22, 1925 to the late John and Bessie (Abney) Smith. Ralph served our country in the United States Marine Corps from 1943- 1945 and received the Purple heart during WWII. After leaving the Marines, he spent many years as an auto mechanic. He was a pilot and became a Cropduster in the Glasgow, KY area. He went on to be part of the Air Force Reserves for a short time from 1970 -1973 serving as a staff sergeant in the 1st AMP Amphibious TB and Tractor. Ralph also became an auctioneer and owned and operated the Ralph Smith Auction Service for around 31 years as well as a baseball card shop and was a Howard Miller Clock dealer. His recent hobbies include flowers and fruit trees. He has been a member of the Evansville Coin Club, the Clock Association, UHL Collectors Society, the Indiana Auctioneers Association and the VFW Post #1114.
Ralph is survived by daughter, Lana Sue (Larry Wunderlich) Nevil of Elberfeld, IN; sons, Charles D. Smith of Tell City, IN; Jimmy W.(Yvonne)Smith of Breckinridge County, KY; grandchildren, David "D.J." and Dustin Nevil, David, Brandon, and Derek Smith, Susan Hinton, Leigh Anne Wright, ; and great-grandchildren, Tyler and Lily Nevil, Rebecca and Elizabeth Smith, Kristin Embry, and Hunter Wright.
Ralph is preceded in death by parents and his wife, Virginia Lee Smith.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am on Monday, October 14, 2013 at Browning Funeral Home , 738 Diamond Ave., Evansville, IN, 47711 with Pastor Steve Clayton officiating. Burial will follow at Locust Hill Cemetery where the Retired Veterans Memorial Club will conduct military rites.
Friends may visit from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm, Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Browning Funeral Home.
Condolences may be made online at www.browningfuneral.com.
Published in Courier Press on Oct. 11, 2013
Browning Funeral Home
738 Diamond Ave Evansville, IN 47711