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Ronald Keith Barnhill

February 14, 1947 ~ February 19, 2018 (age 71)

     Ronald Keith Barnhill age 71 of St. Johns, MI, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018 at his home.

     A Memorial Service will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes Elsie, MI on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 5:00 P.M., with Pastor Mike Geiger officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday prior to the service from 2:00-5:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

     Ronald was born in Alma, MI on February 14, 1947 the son of Warren and Roberta (Hoffer) Barnhill.  He was a graduate of Elsie High School and resided most of his life in Elsie. Ron married Ruth on September 6, 2003 at their home in St. Johns.

     Ron retired from General Motors in 2006 after 37 years.  He loved 50's and 60's rock-n-roll music.  Ron enjoyed collecting a variety of memorabilia, visiting flea markets and antique malls.  His favorite TV show was American Pickers.  Ron and Ruth enjoyed gardening, working in the yard and around the house together.  His dogs, Memphis and Daisy Mae were very special to him. 

     He is survived by  his wife Ruth Barnhill of St. Johns, MI; son Troy  Barnhill of Bath, MI; son Todd Barnhill and husband Eric Soya of Grand Rapids, MI; daughter Tricia Barnhill of Bannister, MI; son Jim Snyder of Ithaca, MI; daughter Heather Snyder of Ithaca, MI; 8 grandchildren: Jasmine Barnhill, Dakota Barnhill, Gavin Barnhill, Allie Minarik, River Minarik, Alex Crawford, Myla Rae Snyder, and Ella Mae Snyder; sister Teresa and Randy Pelley of Omaha, NE; brother Duwayne and Pam Barnhill of Garnet, MI; brother Raymond and Bev Barnhill of Ionia, MI; mother-in-law Dorothy King of Stanton, MI; sister-in-law Jamie King of Gainesville, FL; sister-in-law Kathy King of Stanton, MI; brother-in-law Steve King of Fenwick, MI; and many nieces and nephews.  Ron was preceded in death by his parents, and his father-in-law James King.

     Memorials may be made to Sparrow Hospice or the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences can be sent to The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.

Donations may be made to:

Sparrow Hospice
1215 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing MI 48912

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

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