Ronald Edward Smith of Hermiston was born December 27, 1946 in Hot Springs, Arkansas the son of Jimmy and Ardell (Brooks) Smith. He passed away in Umatilla on Tuesday July 28, 2020 at the age of 73.
Ron grew up in Sanger, CA where he attended school. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army for three tours during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge he lived in Longview, WA for a short time before moving to Fresno, CA. In 1981 he moved to Hermiston, Oregon where he has resided since. Ron worked as a long haul truck driver throughout his career until retiring several years ago.
Ron enjoyed fishing, bird watching, playing pool and he was a avid Elvis Presley fan.
Ron married Lola Diane Pope on September 1, 1970 in Sanger, CA. She preceded him in death in 2014. He was also preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Elizabeth.
He is survived by two daughters, Nita Smith and Gina Hinz; two sisters and two brothers; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A Private family gathering will be held. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.
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