Ralph Edward Smith
Ralph Edward Smith, age 92, passed away on November 8, 2020. Ralph had four passions in his life, his faith, his service in the U.S. Navy, his volunteer service at Hillcrest where he was honored with a lifetime achievement award in 2019, and his three great-grandchildren. To quote a friend: "He understood service to others better than anyone I've ever known." He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Joyce Young Smith. He is survived by his son Bruce Smith and his wife Mary Murray; daughter Karen Pearson and her husband Christopher; grandchildren Ryan and Brenda Pearson, Daniel Pearson and his wife Krystal Pearson; three great grandchildren Connor, Isabella, and Cayson. Funeral arrangements are through Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with a memorial service to be scheduled at a later date. Donations may be made in his name to Hillcrest Hospice, Suite B, Bellevue, NE 68005, or to the Nebraska Chapter-Alzheimer's Association, Suite 110, 11711 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68144

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Published by The Daily Nonpareil on Nov. 14, 2020.
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Ralph lived a wonderful life filled with joy and sadness, but he emphasized the joy. He hated zucchini and the great trickster, George Young, his brother-in-law and my dad, fed him a casserole one day. Ralph came into the house as George and Maxine were just finishing their meal. "That sure smells good," Ralph commented. "Would you like some?" George offered. Ralph ate a good portion while George kept a perfectly straight face. "What was that?" Ralph asked. George burst out laughing, "Zucchini casserole!" Ralph blanched, ran for the bathroom and immediately got sick. George hadn´t expected that!
Veronica Roni Young Trezona
November 19, 2020
7 years ago my daughter, Kathy had a pic taken w/Ralph & Daughter, forever I will cherish it. Blessed to Family of Ralph Smith
Barbara Abbott
November 17, 2020
Karen and Bruce, I´m so sorry for your loss. I loved hearing family stories about Mr Ralph. It looks like he was loved and will be missed by his many friends, acquaintances and especially his family. May your happy memories comfort you and your families, at this time and always. Sincerely, Valerie
Valerie Pabst-Barnes
November 17, 2020
Thank you for your Service May you be Granted Calm Seas on your Journey to a Restful Peace
Francis Durham VFW Dist 10 Chaplain
November 16, 2020