PRINCETON — Ronald Lee Smith, 58, of Princeton passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013, at his home in Princeton after a battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 24, 1954, in Princeton to Richard L. and Virginia L. (Mitchell) Smith. He graduated from Malden High School in 1972. He married Kathy Bickett on Dec. 17, 1976, in the Dover Congregational Church in Dover.
He worked at LCN for over 30 years. In 2008 he started his own company, Excel Electric. He loved hunting and fishing his whole life with family and friends. He was extensively involved in the Youth Baseball League in Malden and coached track at Malden Grade School. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Princeton.
Ron is survived by his wife of nearly 37 years, Kathy Smith of Princeton. Also surviving are three children, Ryan Smith of Parkin, Ark., Zachary (Elizabeth) Smith of Yorkville and Lyndsay (Patrick Sellitto) Smith of Normal; and two grandchildren, Evelyn and Kane Smith of Yorkville. Surviving as well are his mother, Virginia Smith of Malden; three brothers, Michael (Kathy) Smith of Wyanet, Ricky (Jane) Smith of Eldridge, Iowa, and Scott Smith of Malden; two sisters, Connie (Dan) Mauser of Malden and Nancy Strouss of Wyanet; and numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, a niece, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with the Rev. Thomas Ostrander officiating. Burial will be in the Malden Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or to the family for charitable disbursement.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.