Ronald E. ‘Ron’ Smith, 80

Ronald E. “Ron” Smith, 80, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Herndon, Va., was called home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ and passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

Upon high school graduation from Allegheny High in Cumberland, Md., in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, in which he served six years. During his time in the Marine Corps, Smith worked as a cartographer designing military maps in Arlington, Va. He had an extensive career for 44 years in the graphic design and publication business in McLean, Va., where he obtained use of the first Xerox machine and led a publications group that earned his company 300 national and international awards.

Smith was a faithful member of the Millville United Methodist Church and a member of the Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission. He was an avid Washington Redskins fan; enjoyed meeting new people; and loved the beach and socializing with his many friends at the Cottage Café, where he could frequently be spotted in a bright-colored shirt and, of course, a matching watch.

Smith was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nancy L. Smith; his mother, Georgia Hardy Smith; father, Robert Smith; sister, Beverly Smith Hardinger; nephew, Ronald Mele; niece, Calissta Harden Freedman; and granddaughter, Zoe Alajandra Ruiz. He is survived by two children Lori (Kline) Ruiz and her husband, Juan Carlos Ruiz, of Woodbridge, Va., and Tracy (Kline) Gonzalez of Dagsboro, Del.; a grandson, Zachary Gonzalez; two sisters, Gwen Smith Harden and her husband, Tom Harden, of Lewes, and Carolyn Smith Mele and her husband, Jim Mele, of Sarasota, Fla.; friend and companion, Carolyn Sue Brown of Fayetteville, N.C.; six nieces; two nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

A visitation and funeral service were to be held Aug. 20, 2019, at Millville United Methodist Church in Millville, Del. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at or to the Millville U.M. Church; 36405 Clubhouse Rd.; Millville, DE 19967. Condolences may be sent online at