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Obituary for Ralph C Smith
Ralph C. Smith, 88, of Brookings, passed away March 29, 2013 at his home. Ralph was born in Pineville, Kentucky to Gilbert and Lola (Kellums) Smith. Ralph was a veteran of the United States military. In the early 70’s Ralph meet Roberta Goldie Steinberg, “Plumm”. They were married and later moved to Whaleshead Road in Brookings, Ore. with their family. Ralph built the first geodesic dome at Whaleshead. The home later burned down in the 1990’s, was rebuilt and sold in 2008. Soon after moving to Brookings, Ralph and his wife Plumm opened the Silver Tree Gallery in Gold Beach and the Plumm Pudding Restaurant in Brookings. Ralph loved to support Plumm and the restaurant, even his step children worked at their restaurant. Ralph and Plumm sold the restaurant in 1987 and tried winters in Mexico, but soon found the Oregon coast is just too good to leave. Ralph was also a self-taught silver smith and enjoyed making and selling jewelry. He couldn’t resist picking up a good piece of driftwood from the local beaches, which he would carve into beautiful bowls and other pieces of art. Ralph will be dearly missed. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife Plumm Smith. Ralph leaves behind his step-son Scott Steed and his wife Irene of Western Australia, step-daughter Holli Brown and her husband Lance of Lancaster, Calif., grandchildren Brittne Brown of Lancaster, Calif., Jenna Claire Steed, Melania (Scott) Hewitt, Chantelle Ranauro and her partner Shane Young all of Western Australia, great grandchildren Noah Riley and Ivy Summer Young of Western Australia, and dear and close friend Lee Hayes of Eugene, Ore. Services will be private. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net