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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Updated Obituary - Ralph Earl Smith

Ralph Smith, 93 of Butler, Missouri passed away February 4, 2021 at Bates County Memorial Hospital. Cremation, with memorial services to be held 10:00 am Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the Butler Presbyterian Church. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. 

Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions may be made to Butler Presbyterian Church. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Ralph Earl Smith was born January 25, 1928 in Jackson County, Missouri to Elmer and Lena Britt Smith. He graduated from North East High School in Independence, Missouri and served in the US Navy during World War II from 1945 to 1946. Following honorable discharge, Ralph attended Johnson County Community College. Then he received his Law Degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law. Ralph practiced law in Butler, Missouri from 1958 to 2020 and served as the Butler Prosecuting Attorney in 1961. Ralph was united in marriage to Joan John. Through the years Ralph was an active member of Butler Presbyterian Church where he has served as an elder, choir member, and soloist. He was also a dedicated member of Butler Lions Club and Butler Country Club.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joan Smith, son Jay Christopher Smith and brothers Floyd and Kenneth Smith,. He is survived by his daughters, Jan Barrett and husband John and Paige Anderson, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Violet Smith, and by many nieces and nephews.