Ralph Edwin Smith, 89, of Venango passed away peacefully on January 20, 2022, at Bickford Living Center, Erie. Ralph was born on August 1, 1932, the son of the late Charles Smith and Florence Sherred Smith. He served in the US Army from 1953-1955. Ralph was a school bus contractor for forty-eight years and drove buses for over forty years. He served as a Venango Township supervisor for thirty-two years and as a council member for the borough of Venango for sixteen years. Ralph developed a passion for farming at an early age and for over fifty years he raised both beef and dairy cattle. He was married to his beloved wife, Mary Evelyn Gehrett for over thirty-one years until her passing on August 2, 1998. He then married Alberta Davis Quoresimo in 2001 until her passing in 2012.  Ralph enjoyed mowing with his John Deere tractor, plowing snow, hanging out at Gary Winsor’s auto shop and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Kiwanis and Exchange Clubs and St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Meadville.

     In addition to his wife, Mary Evelyn Smith and his wife, Alberta Davis Smith, Ralph was preceded in death by infants Valerie Lynn Smith and Ralph Smith, Jr; brother Reid Smith; sister Elsie Anthony; sister-in-law, Pat Smith; brother-in law, Gene Anthony; stepson-in-law, Joe DiFucci; and close friends, Kenneth and Grace Kitelinger with whom he resided in his youth.       

     Survivors include, his dearest daughter, Christine Smith and her husband, Tim; three stepdaughters: Denise DiFucci, Theresa Harmon and her husband, Tom;  Cathy Mitrosky and her husband, Steve; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sister, Donna Smith; brother, Harry Smith; sister-in-law, Robin Smith; brother-in-law, Chaz Davis and his wife,  Judy; sister-in-law, Audeen Melvin and her husband, Larry; and several nieces and nephews. Ralph touched so many lives with his wisdom, generosity, and kindness. He will be greatly missed.      

Friends are invited to call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Friday, January 28, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A funeral service will be held there on Saturday, January 29 at 10 am. Interment will follow at Venango Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Venango Volunteer Fire Department, St. Mary’s Church or to the Marquette Hospice House.