Ronald J. Smith
02/16/1942 - 08/20/2020

Ronald J. Smith, 78, of New Oxford, entered into God’s eternal care on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Margaret M. "Marge" (Hockensmith) Smith with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born February 16, 1942 in Hanover, he was the son of the late John H. and Nadine C. (Shorb) Smith. Ron was retired from ESAB in Hanover after 38 ½ years of service. He was a 1960 graduate of Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown and a combat veteran proudly serving his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Ron was a member of Sacred Heart Basilica in Hanover, where he was an Eucharistic Minister for 10 years, a member of the Hanover American Legion, McSherrystown Knights of Columbus and the McSherrystown Home Association, where he enjoyed playing gin with his buddies. Ron also enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and especially his grandchildren. Surviving in addition to his and wife are four children, Dr. Douglas M. Smith and wife Dr. Rebecca of Clarion, Dr. Brent A. Smith and wife Anne of Lebanon, Stephanie Gerlach of East Berlin, and Jodi A. Wilson and husband Brian of New Oxford; eight grandchildren, Emily and Caroline Gerlach, Madeline and Caleb Smith, Jacob Smith and wife Carrie, Maeve (Smith) Zdarko and husband Trenton, and Abigail and Sarah Wilson; his great-granddaughter, Naomi Zdarko; and a brother, Timothy Smith of Littlestown. He was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Stump. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, 2020 at Sacred Heart Basilica, Hanover with Rev. Joseph R. Howard as celebrant. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Friends and relatives will be received at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Ave. McSherrystown on Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with prayers held at 4:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 masks will be required for those in attendance. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ron may be made to St. Teresa of Calcutta Primary School, 55 Basilica Drive, Hanover, PA 17331, or Sacred Heart Basilica, 30 Basilica Drive, Hanover, PA 17331, or Delone Catholic High School, 140 S. Oxford Ave. McSherrystown, PA 17344. 

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Posted at:08/21/2020 5:05 pm
Wanda n Tommy Klunk
We grew up with the Smith family in the sixties n seventies on Baer Ave. Remember all the great times playing hide n go seek. So sorry for the loss of your husband and father. My he Rest In Peace. Tommy n Wanda Kress Klunk.

Posted at:08/21/2020 7:07 pm
Dawn and Dennis Miller
So sorry for your loss Dr Smith, you and your family Are in our thoughts and prayers. May your father rest in Peace. Dawn and Dennis Miller

Posted at:08/22/2020 12:12 pm
Lynn and Doug Simms
Our condolences to all of Ron's family. We knew him as the beloved and supportive big brother to Tim. May you be comforted by your memories of him, and strengthened by the example he set of a life well led.

Posted at:08/23/2020 4:04 pm
Jeff and Robin Little

Posted at:08/23/2020 4:04 pm
Betsy B Hall
Marge, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family at this difficult time. May all your many cherished memories help you through this difficult time. I know he will be missed. Rest in peace Ron.

Posted at:08/24/2020 12:12 pm
Mary Mann
Marg, my prayers are there for you and your family. So sorry for your loss. 2020 was not good for us. Mahlon and I were married 59 years also.

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