Ronald “Bud” Leonard Smith

Ronald “Bud” Leonard Smith, age 86, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away at Valley Manor Nursing Home Saturday, December 8, 2018.

Ronald was born February 27, 1932 in Excelsior Springs, Mo., to Effie and Harry Smith.

Ronald served in the Army during the Korean War. He married Frances Louise Butler on April 3, 1957.

He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church.

Ronald was preceded in death by a daughter, Jane Ann, both parents and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Smith, and daughter, Jean Ann, of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Rhonda Smith of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Len and Gina Smith of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; two brothers, Dick Smith and Donald Smith; grandsons, Eric Smith, Aaron Smith and Grant Kessler; and several great grandchildren.

Ronald was inducted into the Excelsior Springs High School Sports Hall of Fame. He also played in the first Mineral Water Bowl game in Excelsior Springs. He was an avid fan of the Excelsior Springs Tigers and the Mizzou Tigers.

A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2018 with rosary at 10:15 a.m. and mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.

Our Sincere Condolences

I am sorry for your lose, but one day while looking at a year book, I was remembered how we worked at the Hall of Waters, he was a life guard and I was a locker girl, we did go to school but, I wanted to tell you he was always a gentleman. We were invited to Judge Rooney’s house for the girls birthdays, no presents. I asked my Dad if we could use his car and he said yes, well they him and Jim Woods, were looking for a match and I said maybe one in the glove compartment, well I was exactly sure what was in the package but the boys said oh that is all right, not wanting to embarrass Tanny and I, now they could have embarrassed us but didn’t. I worked with them until the flood took our jobs. Saw him once at a class reunion on the ride before a game that we were to attend but didn’t get to speak to him.
Dorothy E Callicotte (Bales)