Ronald Duane Smith, Sr., 67, of Rye, Colo. passed away Aug. 13, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ron was born on Feb. 1, 1940, in Cedaredge, Colo. to Dalancy and Marie Smith. In 1957, he married Josephine Amore. They were blessed with six children, Ronnie, Jr., Coreen, Patty (Ben), Randy, Ryan and Robbie (who predeceased him). Josephine passed away in 2001. Ron is also survived by six wonderful grandchildren, Lacy, Morgana, Vinnie, Makayla, Madilyn Smith and Harlie Barickman. Ron married Joyce Shollenbarger in 2006, and added to the union her daughter, Kimberley (Kim) Barickman. He always had a positive attitude on life and was always willing to help. Ron will be dearly missed by all who knew and admired him. A memorial service will be held at Valley Community Church in Colorado City on Sat. Aug. 18, at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice in care of Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main Street, Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. He had always been a true friend to me,someone to talk to a very nice and gentle man.we all were lucky to have known him.

    Rose Friend

  2. Randy and Family,
    I was very sad to learn about your dad’s passing. I pray you and all of your family are leaning on each other during this time. My prayers are with you.

    Lisa

  3. The Smith family: May God Bless you and your entire family. What a great father and special person to have in your life. We will remember your DAD always, his band played at our wedding, 25 years ago!! Each time I visited with your DAD he would remember our receiption and all the fun we had. What great musical talent Ron had. Ron I am sure will continue to play his music, with a new group, in heaven. Brenda

  4. Worked with Ron on a few computer repair problems years ago..I am sorry to have not made it to the Tuesday morning coffee to have gotten to know him better.

    My condolences Joyce to you and yours.

  5. In our little world of “tough kids” Ron stood out as the sweetest and gentlest of souls. When he and Josephine walked hand and hand into a room they filled it up with warmth, love and compassion. My condolences to Joyce and her family.

    Chuck Ford, Central, 58

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