Ronald Leroy Smith

Ronald Leroy “Smitty” Smith, 92, of Charlotte, Michigan, passed away December 28, 2023. Ron was born June 7, 1931 in Woodland, Michigan, to the late Jacob and Maybelle Smith. He was married to Barbara Smith for 20 years, with whom he had three wonderful children. Ron later met and married Kie Smith, and became a stepfather to three more amazing children. They were married for 26 years before Kie’s untimely passing. When he was not enjoying time with his family, Ron was a lifelong truck driver for A-E Transportation, and loved being out on the open road.

Ron was a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, where he forged lasting friendships and contributed to the betterment of his community. His commitment to fellowship extended to the Moose Lodge, where he found joy in shared experiences and a sense of belonging. Ron was also an esteemed member of the Eaton County Buck Club, where his love for hunting and the great outdoors was celebrated among like-minded individualseyond his professional pursuits, Ron found solace and joy in the simple pleasures of life. His green thumb was evident in the meticulous care he took of his yard. Ron’s passion for fishing and hunting allowed him to connect with nature, creating memories that will be cherished by those who shared these experiences with him. In his downtime, Ron could often be found immersed in the world of westerns, whether it be through the pages of a novel or on the screen. Additionally, he was an avid fan of NASCAR and WWE wrestling, finding excitement and entertainment in these high-octane pursuits.

Ron is survived by his children, Ronnie (Micki) Smith, Diane (Stan) Forest, and Terri (Steven) Deer; stepchildren, Tom (Martha) Gibson and George (Sally) Gibson; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and amazing friends, Fred and Debbie Hayes. In addition to his parents, Ron is preceded in death by his wife, Esme June “Kie” Smith; stepson, Gene Gibson; siblings, Ray (Stella) Smith, Dick Smith, Robert (Betty) Smith, and Glenwood Smith; and his companion of 20 years, Joyce Haga.

A memorial service honoring Ron’s life will be held at a later date and he will be interred at Woodland Cemetery in Woodland, Michigan.

Arrangements entrusted to Vickers Leslie Funeral Home, PO Box 503, Leslie, MI 49251. 517-878-6600.