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Ralph C. Smith

January 17, 1942 ~ January 25, 2020 (age 78)


Ralph Smith Sr., age 78, joined the Lord on Saturday, January 25, 2020 after a final day surrounded by laughter, love and memories with family.  Born 1/17/1942, in Westminster, MD, Ralph lived a full and rewarding life. Both a lover and a fighter, Ralph proudly served his country and shared his heart with everyone he encountered.  Known for his compassion, determination, committed golf game and love of ice cream, Ralph was loved far and wide by those who had the joy of knowing him. He was an advocate and confidante in his personal and professional life and an inspiration to his family and friends.  He was a member of the Clemente Amitie Masonic Lodge #285 in Reinersville and a life time member of the V.F.W. Post #4713 in Malta and Post # 467 in Westminster, Maryland.  Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, Chester R. Smith and Edna M. Barksdale, brother-in-law, Ernest Walkling.  Ralph is survived by a daughter, Cathy Apperson, granddaughters Kelsey (Cassie) Apperson, Kiersten (Zach Thompson), and Kya (Seth Flynn).  Son, Ralph Jr (Jill Lowther), ‘adopted family’, Arnie Perucho, Cheryl and Randy Bailey.  Brothers, Neal (Phyllis) Smith, Lee (Amy) Barksdale.  Sisters Kathleen Walkling, Marlene (Herman) Drechsler and Sandy (Charles) Crumbacker and many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.  Per his wishes, no services will be held.  Matheney funeral home in McConnelsville is handling the arrangements.  To send a note of condolence to the family go to

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