OBITUARY

Ralph Homer Smith

September 22, 1927July 17, 2018
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Ralph H. Smith, 90 of Gilbertsville, widow of Helen K. (Zubur) Smith passed away in residence on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Born in Slatington, PA he was the son of the late Frank Herbert and Elsie (Acker) Smith. Ralph is survived by two sons, David F. Smith of Collegeville and Ralph H. Jr., husband of Dianne W. Smith of Gilbertsville; a daughter, Mary Jane Smith of Gilbertsville; four grandchildren, Alyssa, Sarah, Jennifer and Matthew; five great-grandchildren, Reagan, Benjamin, Colin, Madelyn and Hannah. He was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Smith-Boettner, three brothers and two sisters. He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville, and a WWII US Army Veteran. Ralph was a mason, private pilot, a member of the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association; an avid hunter, enjoyed history and politics. He enjoyed the Philadelphia Eagles Super bowl victory. In 1949 he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Science at Muhlenberg College majoring in geology. In the 1950’s he worked at Bethlehem Steel in Management. In the 1960’s he was Safety Director for Dragon Cement Company, Northampton. In 1967 Ralph worked at Boyertown Packaging as VP in Human Resources, was an arbitrator for the company and did contract negotiations for 19 years until his retirement in 1986. After retirement he helped senior citizen job placement. He also worked for Sears Hardware at the Coventry Mall for 14 years. A viewing will be 10:00 – 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 35 Wilson Avenue, Gilbertsville, PA. followed by funeral services 12 p.m. Burial will be Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Union Cemetery, Slatington, PA. Arrangements are handled by Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Inc., 111 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown. Online condolences may be made at www.lwottfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • David F. Smith, Son
  • Ralph H. Smith Jr., Son
  • Dianne W. Smith, Daughter-in-law
  • Mary Jane Smith, Daughter
  • Helen K. (Zubur) Smith, Wife
  • Frank Herbert Smith, Father
  • Elsie (Acker) Smith, Mother
  • Ralph is also survived by four grandchildren, Alyssa, Sarah, Jennifer and Matthew; five great-grandchildren, Reagan, Benjamin, Colin, Madelyn and Hannah. He was predeceased by a daughter Nancy Smith-Boettner, three brothers and two sisters.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 24, 2018
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Dianne Smith

July 22, 2018

Ralph was like a father to me. I came here 30+ years ago and he always treated me as one of his own. He would offer advice if asked but would never offer an opinion without being asked. A very compassionate man who loved his family. Although it is very sad that he has left us, he is now at peace and no longer has to suffer with his health issues. He will be missed by all of the family but happy that he is now with Helen(wife) whom he was married for 62 years. He never accepted her death and longed to be with her again. May you rest n peace Dad.

With love

Dianne

Beth Moyer

July 20, 2018

Ralph, Dianne, MaryJane, Alyssa & Sarah:
Sending my sincere sympathy to all of you on the loss of your dad, father in law & PopPop. It's very hard to lose a loved one but remember all the great times you had together and all the memories that can never be taken away. He had a few rough patches over the last few years but was a fighter for sure. He is now pain free, at peace and once again back with "Nana"..........................Love, Beth

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Biography

Ralph H. Smith, 90 of Gilbertsville, widow of Helen K. (Zubur) Smith passed away in residence on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
Born in Slatington, PA he was the son of the late Frank Herbert and Elsie (Acker) Smith.
Ralph is survived by two sons, David F. Smith of Collegeville and Ralph H. Jr., husband of Dianne W. Smith of Gilbertsville; a daughter, Mary Jane Smith of Gilbertsville; four grandchildren, Alyssa, Sarah, Jennifer and Matthew; five great-grandchildren, Reagan, Benjamin, Colin, Madelyn and Hannah. He was predeceased by a daughter Nancy Smith-Boettner, three brothers and two sisters.
He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville, and a WWII US Army Veteran. Ralph was a mason, private pilot, a member of the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association; an avid hunter, enjoyed history and politics. He enjoyed the Philadelphia Eagles Super bowl victory.
In 1949 he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Science at Muhlenberg College majoring in geology.
In the 1950’s he worked at Bethlehem Steel in Management. In the 1960’s he was Safety Director for Dragon Cement Company, Northampton. In 1967 Ralph worked at Boyertown Packaging as VP in Human Resources, was an arbitrator for the company and did contract negotiations for 19 years until his retirement in 1986. After retirement he helped senior citizen job placement. He also worked for Sears Hardware at the Coventry Mall for 14 years.
A viewing will be 10:00 – 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 35 Wilson Avenue, Gilbertsville, PA. followed by funeral services 12 p.m.
Burial will be Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Union Cemetery, Slatington, PA.
Arrangements are handled by Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Inc., 111 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown.
Online condolences may be made at www.lwottfuneralhome.com