Mr. Lloyd Ronald "Ron" Smith, 70, of Lebanon, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Lebanon on Aug. 24, 1946, a son of the now late Lloyd George Smith and Kathryn Jacqueline "Jackie" (Baber) Smith.
Beginning in his teenage years and through his 20s, he was "poetry in motion" on a slalom ski, traversing the waves of Lake Freeman. There was no one more athletic, graceful and so much fun to watch as Ron water skiing.
Ron chose real estate as his lifelong profession. He was an incredible dealmaker. Whether he was working on behalf of others or for himself, Ron could work magic in bringing the buyer and seller together and close the transaction.
Early in his career, Ron bought apartment buildings in Lebanon (Headley Apartments and Brendonwood Apartments), and successfully converted them into condominiums. Later, he was also in charge of converting the Koala Center on Lafayette Avenue into 25 garden homes, a huge project.
Ron had also lived and worked in Kentucky from 1982 to 2001, and was active in all areas of the oil business. His dealmaking skills honed in Indiana real estate were effective in the oil fields of Kentucky as well.
Ron would often communicate his ideas to people or clients with stories. These stories were generally humorous but always effective, and certainly kept the listener's attention. His humble spirit was admired by all who knew him.
Ron was loved by so many and will be sorely missed by family, friends and the community. However, much comfort is gained as The Apostle Paul indicated this about the death of a believer: "It is preferable to be away from the body (death) and at home with the Lord." (II Corinthians 5) We are confident that Ron is at home with the Lord and rejoicing at a reunion with his parents, sister Susie, and many others. Thank you to all who are reading this about our beloved Ron, and God Bless You.
Survivors include children, Chad Smith and wife, Erin, of Durham, N. C., Travis Smith and wife, Zita, of Ft. McMurray, Canada, Lloyd Russell "Rusty" Smith of Lebanon and Hannah Smith Turner and husband, Shane, of Whitestown; grandsons, Gabriel and Josiah; brothers, Richard "Dick" Smith of Lebanon, Dale G. Smith and wife, Bonnie, of Lebanon and Barry J. Smith and wife, Tammy, of Elk Grove, Calif.; former wives, Diana (Begley) Smith of North Ft. Myers, Fla., Patsy (Kerr) Smith of Lebanon and April (Morrison) Smith of Indianapolis; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a sister, Carla Suzanne "Susie" Smith.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 20, Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Funeral services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the mortuary. Burial of Ashes will be held at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorials may be made in his honor to a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.
Published on January 19, 2017