Ronald W. SmithSeptember 20, 2017
Ronald W. Smith, age 82, of Lake City, MN and Okeechobee, FL, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Hospital-St. Marys Campus in Rochester. He was born February 9, 1935 in Winona, MN, the son of Everett and Francis (Holzer) Smith. Ron was a U.S. Army veteran who served his country from 1955-1957 as a military policeman while stationed in Germany. Following his service years he returned to Winona. After a short while he began his career at IBM in Rochester. He retired from IBM in 1988 as a 3rd level manager in Boca Raton, FL. Ron married Faye Nesler in Winona and they had three children, Jordan, Leslie and Jennifer. The couple later divorced. Ron married Irene (Gosse) Herbst May 21, 1988 at Ascension Catholic Church in Boca Raton. Together Ron and Irene lived five months on Marina Point in Lake City and seven months in Okeechobee.
He was a member of the VFW Post #10539, the American Legion Post #64 and the Elks Lodge, all of Okeechobee, FL. He was also a member and past commander of the Okeechobee Yatchette Club. He was also a member of both St. Mary on the Lake Catholic Church in Lake City and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Okeechobee.
Ron is survived by his wonderful wife, Irene Smith, Lake City, MN and Okeechobee, FL; children, Jordan (Colleen) Smith, Minneapolis, MN, Jennifer (Matt) Easton, Juno Beach, FL; step-sons, Gary (Mary) Herbst, San Jose, CA, Steven (Lori) Herbst, Lake City, MN, Brian (Kimberly) Herbst, Raleigh, NC; two grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Marlene) Smith, Rochester, MN; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Leslie, his parents, Everett and Francis Smith, his brother, James, several aunts, uncles, and cousins and many, many great friends.
A memorial Mass will be offered on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:00am at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake City with the Reverend Father James Russell officiating. Interment will be at St. Felix Cemetery in Wabasha. Family and friends may call at the church on Tuesday one hour before the Mass. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church Building Fund or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Okeechobee.