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Obituary of Ronald Smalley – Flint, MI (1932-2015)

SMALLEY, Ronald H. MD – Of Flint, Michigan and Longmont, Colorado, age 83, died Saturday, August 1, 2015 in McLaren-Flint. Ron was born June 14, 1932 in Stowe, Vermont, the son of the late Ray and Ruth Smalley. Ron, previously married to Joan Wieting, married Donna Rusetzke on August 1, 1975 in Ann Arbor at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor. He graduated from the Missionary Children’s School in Lubondai, Belgian Congo, Africa, after spending five years there where his parents were missionaries. Ron attended Albion College and received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan in 1962. He served his country in the United States Army. He was a beloved and respected primary care physician in both Flint and Swartz Creek for 32 years, was a member of the Genesee County Medical Society and was a founding member of Health Plus of Michigan. Ron enjoyed watercolor painting and enjoyed teaching painting to all ages. He was passionate about the Rocky Mountains, flying small planes, sailing, bird watching, golfing and spending time with his children. Ron attended Resurrection Reformed Church. Surviving are his wife Donna; his six children, Laura (Randy) Linn and their daughters, Ashleigh and Kacey; Todd (Terri) Smalley; Darren Smalley and his son James; Liz Kajiwara and her sons, Joseph and Jacob; Rick (Jessie) Rusetzke and their daughter Ali; and Sarah (Jim) Holder and son, David (Sara); great-grandchildren, Evan and Kaylee Holder; sister, Eleanor Milligan (J. Peter Maynard); brothers, Justin (Nancy) Smalley and Bruce (Sally) Smalley; many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the McLaren-Flint staff. A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date in both Flint, Michigan and Longmont, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Smalley Memorial Fund in aid of Resurrection Reformed Church, 5225 Calkins Road, Flint, MI 48532. Your condolences may be shared with the family at swartzfuneralhomeinc.com

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