Ronald Alan Smoke died January 16, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 90 surrounded by family.
Ron was born June 22, 1927 in Enumclaw, the second of four siblings, to Joseph and Vera (Moak) Smoke. He was raised on the family dairy farm in Enumclaw and was attending Enumclaw High School when he enlisted on June 30, 1944 in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the age of 17.
On September 8,1945, he married Valera L. Pedersen in Auburn and the next day reported for active duty at Fort Lewis. In 1946, after basic and advanced training he was transported to Europe on a troop ship with a final destination of Germany. He was utilized as a clerk processing German POW’s.
In 1947, Sgt. Smoke was discharged and returned to Enumclaw. Ron and Val bought a home in Enumclaw and he was employed as a draftsman for the Wilkeson Sandstone Quarry.
The family later lived in Bellevue, on the Issaquah Plateau and in Carnation before returning to Enumclaw. Following his wife’s death in 1999, he moved to Yuma, Arizona, where he enjoyed playing golf, hosting friends, bowling, fishing and traveling.
He is survived by sons Michael Smoke of Federal Way, Gary Smoke of Taiwan and Steve Smoke (Cathy); four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; brothers William and Joseph Smoke; and sister Shirley Smoke.
Private services will be conducted with family only at Enumclaw Memorial Cemetery.