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Ronald Dean Smith, 76-year-old Hayden, Idaho, resident, passed away June 26, 2013, in Hospice House with his family by his side.
Ron was born June 4, 1937, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to Marvel and Olive Smith. He was the eldest of three children.
He graduated from Amity High School in Oregon in 1955. In 1971, he married Joanne Hammel at the Hitching Post in Coeur d'Alene. They lived in Puyallup and Kent before moving in 1985 to Klamath Falls, Ore., where he purchased his own business, Lucas and Howard Furniture. There he was infamous for his crazy commercials; his most notable characters being "Crouton Ron," "Ronatello" and "Captain Mattress." Following his career in acting and furniture sales, he and his wife Joanne opened a bed and breakfast called The Iron Gate Estate. He entertained his guests with his culinary skills and a side of jokes before retiring to Hayden.
Ron is survived by Joanne Smith, his wife of 42 years, and their beloved dog Rossi. He also is survived by two siblings, six children and 14 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contributions be sent to Hospice of North Idaho at 9493 North Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 5 in Yates Funeral Home, Hayden Chapel. Please visit Ron's online memorial and sign his guestbook at yatesfuneralhomes.com.
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Yates Funeral Homes & Crematory
373 E Hayden Ave
Hayden Lake, ID 83835
Published in Herald And News on July 28, 2013