Ronald Kenneth Smith of Cook Station, Missouri was born on Friday, June 30, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri to Orville Kenneth and Loretta Frahm Smith and passed away Friday, June 4, 2021 at the age of 81 years, 11 months and 5 days.
He grew up in the St. Louis, Missouri area and attended Fairview High School in Jennings, Missouri.
He served his country honorably for two years in the US Navy aboard the USS Forrestal Aircraft Carrier.
He married Janet Sue Riepl at the Faith Salem Church in Jennings, Missouri on April 29, 1961.
Ron worked as a salesman for many years for Safe Business Systems. He was involved in office ergonomics, the design of a safe and comfortable work environment. He even owned his own business for a few years. He loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He had a passion for playing golf and acting.
He performed in two productions, The Mouse Trap and Inherit the Wind in Kirkwood, Missouri. He was a gifted storyteller and comedian.
He and Janet were involved in the PTA when their children were young. They enjoyed writing and acting in plays that were put on to raise money for the school.
He spent time tinkering around his farm, doing “fixer upper” type maintenance jobs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville “Kenneth” and Loretta Smith; parents-in-law, Joseph and Ruth Riepl; sister, Shirley (Lou) Farnsworth; and nephew, Keith Farnsworth.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janet Sue Smith; son, Greg (Kitty) Smith of Cook Station, Missouri; daughters, Stacy (Chris) Brunner of Kansas City, Missouri and Catie (Brian) Knoerle of St. Louis, Missouri; grandchildren, Kelsy (Brian) Decker of St. Louis, Missouri, Jake Lybarger, Nick Lybarger, both of Kansas City, Missouri, Grace Lybarger of Gunnison, Colorado, Luke Knoerle and Austin Knoerle, both of St. Louis, Missouri; great grandchildren, Hannah Decker and Joshua Otto Decker, both of St. Louis, Missouri; brother, Timothy Smith of St. Louis, Missouri; brother-in-law, Gary (Barb) Riepl of St. Louis, Missouri; nieces, Denise Farnsworth and Susan (John) Moreno, all of St. Louis, Missouri; nephews, Lonnie Farnsworth, John Riepl, and David (Betsy) Riepl, all of St. Louis, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church in Cuba, Missouri.
Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church in Cuba, Missouri with Bro. Gene Roark officiating.
A private inurnment will be at the Carr Cemetery in Cook Station, Missouri at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.