Ralph Maurice Smith, 91, of Institute (Sturgeon Bay), was called Home to be with the Lord, Sunday morning, May 25, 2014, at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Ministry Door County Medical Center.
He was born on the family homestead in Lily Bay on April 13, 1923, the son of the late Oscar S. and Emma M. (Volletz) Smith. Ralph graduated with the Sevastopol High School class of 1941. He grew up working on the family farm. On September 27, 1945, Ralph was united in marriage to Anna Mae Schartner at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Institute. They were blessed with nearly 69 years of marriage together.
Ralph started Smith and Schartner Trucking in the late 1940's with his father-in-law, William Schartner, Sr., and drove truck until his retirement (from trucking) in 1978. [The company still exists today.] He then went to work for Peterson Builders, Inc. (PBI) for eight years. Ralph also worked at the famous sawmill.
He was active in his community, serving on the Door County Board as part of the Highway Committee. Ralph was currently a member of S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.
Whether he was hunting close to home or in Wyoming, or vacationing at the “Burly Bear Camp,” the family cottage in Pembine, Ralph enjoyed spending time outdoors. He was also an avid woodworker. Above all, family was everything to Ralph, and he cherished the time he was able to share with them.
Ralph was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Anna Mae; sons, Richard Smith, Timothy (Kelly McDougall-Smith) Smith; daughter, Mary Van Den Bogart, all of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren, Mike (Sarah) Smith, Pat (Renee) Smith, Tami Van Den Bogart, Cory (Cheri) Van Den Bogart, Cassidy Smith, Dylan Smith; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Michael, Clarissa, Corbin, Adeline, Kaile, Nicole; brother, Clyde Smith, sister-in-law, Betty Schopf; brother-in-law, William (Leanne) Schartner, Jr., all of Sturgeon Bay; other relatives; and friends.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; three children, Catherine, Thomas, and Daniel; granddaughter, Stacey Green; brother, Bruce (Gladys) Smith; brother-in-law, Harold Schopf; sister-in-law, Mary (Jinx) Smith; and son-in-law, Larry Van Den Bogart.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Bob Stegmann and Fr. Anthony Birdsall concelebrating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday evening, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and at the church on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. The Rosary will be prayed at 3:45 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, at Huehns Funeral Home.
The Smith family would like to thank Dr. David Conger, the Skilled Nursing Facility staff, and Unity Hospice for the wonderful care given to Ralph.
Online condolences may be offered on Ralph’s tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.