RONALD LEE SMITH
Ronald Lee SMITH was born August 10, 1937 in Benton, Iowa and went to be with the Lord on April 26, 2008. He was the
third of four sons born to Ted and Leila SMITH.
Ron proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He also served friends and family for many years as a very
popular barber in both Iowa and Arizona. He enjoyed people and was always ready for a good visit and a cool beverage.
Fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling were all favorite pastimes and he was often cheering a favorite ball team
from his recliner as his health declined. However, Ronís greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.
His children and grandchildren were a constant source of delight.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law Ronald "Bud" BEYMER.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ann; son Steve (Debbie); daughter Susan (Doug) HICKMAN; son Scott (Nicole)
and their mother Colleen GREENMAN; his extended family Lori (Bob) HOWER, Jim (Lori) NORRIS, and Melanie (Mike)
CORKISH; brothers Bill (Rena), Bob (Teri), and Don (Linda); mother-in-law Mildred BEYMER; brothers and sisters-in-law
Ron (Kathy) BEYMER, Rick (Marcia) BEYMER, and Nancy (Steve) ROSE; grandchildren Landon (Hillary) JOBE, Lauren JOBE,
Caylie and Ryker HICKMAN, Megan and Dylan HOWER, Allison NORRIS, and Morgan and Michael CORKISH; and many nieces,
nephews, cousins, and a host of relatives and friends.
Services were held Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. from Benton Cemetery, Benton, Iowa.
Creston, Union County, Iowa
April of 2008
OBITUARY ~ RONALD SMITH, MOUNT AYR
Ronald L. SMITH, 70, of Mount Ayr died April 26, 2008, in Ringgold County Hospital.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m.
Tuesday at Benton Cemetery. The Rev. Eydie STEPHENS will officiate. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Tuesday until time of
service at Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. Memorials may be directed to
Diabetes Association, Hospice of Central Iowa, or Fogle Lake. Online condolences may be left under the obituary category at
Ronald L. SMITH, son of Leila J. (BUELL) and Ernest Theodore "Ted" SMITH, was born Aug. 10,
1937, in Benton. He was a graduate of Mount Ayr High School in 1955 and of Waterloo Barber College. He served in the
U.S. Marine Corps from 1955 to 1958.
On Sept. 2, 1955, he married Colleen LARSEN.
On Aug. 14, 1982, he married
Shirley Ann BEYMER in Mount Ayr.
Ronald was a barber in Mount Ayr, Tingley, Diagonal and Mesa, Ariz.
his wife Ann SMITH of Mount Ayr; sons, Steve (wife Debbie) SMITH of Creston and Scott (wife Nicole) SMITH of West
Des Moines; daughter Susan (husband Doug) HICKMAN of Mount Ayr; stepson Jim (wife Lori) NORRIS of Diagonal; stedaughters
Lori (husban) Bob HOWER of Creston and Melanie (husband Mike) CORKISH of Kalistell, Mont.; brothers, Bill (wife Rena)
SMITH of Mount Ayr, Bob (wife Teri) SMITH and Don (wife Linda) SMITH, all of Mesa, Ariz.; mother-in-law Mildred
BEYMER of Diagonal; brothers-in-law, Ron (wife Kathy) BEYMER of West Chester, Ohio and Rick (wife Marcia) BEYMER of
Tustin, Calif.; sister-in-law, Nancy (husband Steve) ROE of Mount Ayr and nine grandchildren.
Ronald was preceded in
death by his parents and father-in-law, Ronald "Bud" BEYMER.