Ralph C. Smith, 88, of Brookings, passed away March 29, 2013, at his home.
Ralph was born in Pineville, Ky., to Gilbert and Lola (Kellums) Smith. Ralph was a veteran of the U.S. military. In the early 1970s, Ralph met Roberta Goldie “Plumm” Steinberg. They were married and later moved to Whaleshead Road in Brookings with their family.
Ralph built the first geodesic dome at Whaleshead. The home burned down in the 1990s, 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 stepchildren worked at their restaurant.
Ralph and Plumm sold the restaurant in 1987 and tried winters in Mexico, but soon found the Oregon coast was just too good to leave.
Ralph was also a self-taught silversmith 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 stepson Scott Steed and his wife Irene of Western Australia; stepdaughter 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.
Services will be private.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.