Ronald Joseph Smyth

May 18, 1949 ~ November 10, 2019 (age 70)


Ronald J. “Ron” Smyth, 70, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, November 10, 2019

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 18, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Fr. Steve Garner officiating. Burial will follow in Mt Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, IA. Visitation will be from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. with a prayer service being held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA

Ron was born on May 18, 1949 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Lillian Ann (Meyers) Smyth. He was a graduate of Wahlert High School in 1967.  He also served in the Iowa Army National Guard for 6 years.  On December 9, 1972, Ron married Patricia (Pat) Brenke. 

After working at Dubuque Packing Company for a number of years, Ron was the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds at Holy Ghost School, Wahlert High School, and later Holy Family Catholic Schools from its inception until his retirement in 2014.  He enjoyed his classic cars and street rods, time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren, maintaining the “farm”, watching NHRA Drag Racing, and attending lunch with “the guys”

He was a past president of the Dubuque Main Street Cruisers car club, a member of the Iowa State Building and Grounds Association, and most of all a devoted family man and friend to all who knew him. 

Surviving are his wife, Pat; his son, Joshua “Vern” (Christine) Smyth of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Gabriella, Alexandria (Lexi), and Joshua Smyth Jr; his brother Michael (Sandy) Smyth of Dubuque; four nieces and a nephew; and his brother-in-law Carl Pfalzgraf of Huntley, IL.

He was preceded in death by his mother in 2005, mother-in-law (Donna Brenke) in 2007, and father-in-law, (Louis Brenke) in 2016.

The family wishes to thank the Dubuque Police, Fire, and EMS staff for the fast response and thorough care of Ron. 

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