Ron Smith Obituary, Death – The news of Ron Smith’s passing has left all of us in unbearable mourning. Within the Strictly FX family, Ron was known for his warm personality and infectious sense of humor. In 2018, he became a member of our team, bringing with him an extensive history of work in pyrotechnics and special effects. Elm Creek resident Ronald E. Smith, who was 91 years old, passed away in the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska on March 10, 2023.
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elm Creek is the location of the funeral liturgy that will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 10:00 am. The final resting place will be in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Elm Creek after the funeral. Visitation will take place at the church on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 from 6 to 7 p.m., and then the Vigil/Prayer Service will begin at 7 p.m.
The Elm Creek Fire and Rescue Department or the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church are two organizations that could benefit from memorial contributions. You are invited to share your condolences with the family at www.osrfh.com. O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the care of the deceased at this time. In Overton, Nebraska, on February 14, 1932, Ronald Edward Smith was brought into the world by his parents, Mahlon and Nellie (Bamrick) Smith.
After completing the eighth grade in a rural school in District #96, he continued his education at Overton High School, where he graduated with the class of 1950. During his service in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954, during the Korean War, Ronald was wounded in combat and was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery. Following his discharge from the military, he took a job with Olmstead Sand and Gravel Company in Overton as a truck driver.
On June 25, 1955, he married Eileen M. Buettner in Elm Creek. They lived in Omaha for two years while Ronald attended the Radio Engineering Institute. After that, they relocated back to Elm Creek, where they had lived previously and where they had previously owned and managed Ron’s TV Service for approximately 20 years. During this time, he also worked for the Elm Creek School District as a school bus driver for a total of eight years. In 1967, he went to work at the West Company, where he worked as a maintenance man for 30 years, retiring in 1997.