Ronald L. Smith, ATC, USN (RET)
April 25, 1927 - October 4, 2017
Ronald L. Smith, ATC, USN (RET) met his Lord on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. He was born on April 25, 1927 in Oneida, New York. Ronald joined the Navy in 1943 and was offered a place at the Naval Academy as a result of his test scores, but he replied to the recruiter, 'I want to go where the fighting is'. He served in the Pacific Theater of World War Two, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. While in the Navy, he also designed and developed a computer program that allowed the Navy to plan, track and coordinate training for the sailors according to the needs of their duty rotations.
He met Margarette in June 1957, and after a whirlwind courtship, they were married in August 1957. They celebrated their 60 years together in August 2017.
He is survived by his wife Margarette and their children and spouses: Sharon Mack, Susie Jones Perry, Kathleen (Smith) and Tom Butts, Theresa (Smith) and Joel McFarland, Ronald and Maxine Smith, and a very dear close family friend Patricia Solin.
The family would also like to express a special thank you and gratitude to Cheryl Landeros for all her help and time.
Ronald will be remembered by his children as the parent who was always available and willing to provide transportation to all their activities.
Although the family is sad at his passing, we are blessed and comforted to know we will be with him in Heaven. We know because Ronald confirmed his salvation and trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Services will be held at the New Testament Baptist Church in Hanford on Wednesday, October 11 at 9:00 AM. The church is located at 1060 W. Davis Street in Hanford.
Remembrances may be made to the New Testament Baptist Church office located at 101 N. Irwin St, Suite 211, Hanford CA 93230 or to a favorite charity.