Ronald N. Smith age 72 of Greenville passed away at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL. with his family at his side.
A Celebration of life visitation will be held at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church from 1 until 4 p.m. Saturday December 7, 2019 with Pastor Jeffery Nehrt officiating. In leu of flowers the family prefer new or gently used tools which will be directed to the Greenville High School shop program or donations to the Greenville FFA at Greenville High School. These may be made at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home or at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Ron, the son of Earl and Melba Brown Smith was born on December 2nd 1946 in Taylorville, IL and grew up with his family working on their farm in Stonington before attending college at the University of Illinois, with a major in Agriculture Education. Ron also met the love of his life Nancy Stone Smith, on a blind date during his senior year. It went well because they were inseperable from that first date on. After graduating college, Ron married Nancy, began his teaching career and settled in Greenville, IL working at the high school as the Agriculture teacher for many years before becoming a guidance counselor for the school. Ron’s favorite thing to do was help people find and pursue their passions and support the community in any way he could. After retiring from the high school, Ron spent his time as a member of the school board, Optimist Club, and working with the local community college. He was also an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Ron loved spending his free time with his family, friends, playing golf, bowling and cheering for his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and U of I teams. Ron and Nancy were married for 50 years before his passing.
Ron is survived by Nancy his wife, Aaron his son, Brook his Daughter in law, his grandchildren Quinn and Jude and sister in law Martha Smith. Ron is preceded in death by his parents, step father Charles Durbin and brother Jerry Smith.