Ronald Jay Smith, Sr.

Birth Date: 
Friday, April 23, 1937
Date of Passing: 
Sunday, November 4, 2018

WOOSTER – Ronald Jay Smith, Sr., 81, of Wooster passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Wooster.

He was born April 23, 1937 in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Jay Aton and Cora Pearl Romick Smith.  He married Nancy Ann Schaum on July 2, 1975.  She preceded him in death on November 25, 2012.

Ronald had served as a Police Officer for the City of Wooster for 30 years retiring as a Lieutenant.  He was a collector of and a founding member of the Jaguar Club of Ohio and enjoyed motorcycles.  He also was a member of the O.P.B.A. and the F.O.P.

He proudly served his country as a Master Sgt. in the Army Reserves for 31 years from April 12, 1955 to April 23, 1997.

Surviving are his children, Tina (Allen) Sheppard of Durant, Oklahoma, Ronald (Deb) Smith, Jr. of Orrville, Jacky (Stan) Olevnik of Penn Yan, New York, John Quicci and Susan (Jason) Anderson both of Wooster; grandchildren, Alli Olevnik, Nichole (Ryan) Wirtzberger, Courtney Olevnik, Darren Hostetler, Anthony Quicci, Mia Quicci, Christian Anderson and Dominic Anderson; great-grandchildren, Rylinn Wirtzberger and Branson Wirtzberger and a sister, Kathy (Don) Taylor of Bedford, Virginia.

In addition to his wife, Ronald was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends will be received on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.

A Service of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Sherwood Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home


Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home


Sorry for your loss. He will definitely be missed. Glad that I had the opportunity to work with him at the Wooster Police Department. I learned a lot from him while assigned to his shift.

Thoughts are prayers are with you. I served with Ron in the 447th MP Co. I considered him a friend, and am sure he kept me and many others out of trouble at summer camp. RIP Ron.

I am so sorry to hear of Ronnie"s passing. All our love and prayers are with you all .

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. I am a cousin to Nancy and we have many fond memories from our reunions. We also were able to take a couple cycle trips with them. Our sincere sympathy, Charlie and Phyllis Barnette

So sorry to hear of Ron,s passing. Our thought and prayers to all the family.

So sorrry to hear of Ron's passing. We will be keeping the family in our thoughts and hope his memory remains close to your heart.

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