Ralph (Ed) Smith

June 22, 2017

Smith, Ralph (Ed), 73, peacefully passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017 after a courageous battle with emphysema. He is survived by his wife, Renate; brother, Roger (Fran); daughter, Christine (Robert); son, Ralph (Patty); grand-son, Zac; step-son, Ric (Anne); and step-daughters, Gretchen, Monika and Heidi. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Dorothy Smith of Redford Township, MI.  

Ralph graduated from Redford Union High School and enjoyed fast cars and motorcycles during his teen years.  He retired from GM Diesel in Detroit and upon retirement, he and his wife moved north to Marion, Michigan.

Ralph (Ed) Smith

Ralph (Ed) Smith

He enjoyed fishing, including walleye fishing and traveling to northern Ontario.  Ed also hunted white-tail deer many years, plus special trips where he bagged wild Russian boar.

After moving to Marion, Ralph and his wife Renate made a beautiful home with lots of cattle and many other animals, both domestic and wild, under their care.

A short memorial service will be held at Pennway Church of God (Lansing) on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 12:30pm and followed by a luncheon at the church. 

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One Response to Ralph (Ed) Smith

  1. Christine Senia Reply

    July 8, 2017 at 2:37 am

    We (the Smith family) are very thankful for those who shared their friendship with, Ralph Smith. It has been an an extremely difficult time accepting his passing, but those who truly knew my dad (yes, I am his daughter) he would never want you to mourn over him…he would want you to remember the fun times and jokes he shared. Thank you all for being a part of my dad’s life.
    Christine Smith-Senia

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