Mr. Smith was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 9266, Troy, IL. He was a World War II U.S. Navy Veteran. He was involved as an assistant scout master with the Troy Boy Scout Troop 38.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Evelyn, nee Rickli, Smith; one brother, Thomas Smith; and one brother-in-law, Louis Mitas.
Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Mary E., nee Fleischer, Smith, whom he married on October 25, 1947 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, St. Louis, MO;
one son, Richard C. (Sherry) Smith Jr. of Troy, IL;
five daughters, Patrice (Robert) Schneider of Brighton, IL,
Margaret (Paul) Gillespie of Scottsdale, AZ,
Catherine (Dennis) Frank of Staunton, IL,
Rebecca (Christopher) Cueto of Boulder, CO,
and Maria (Jeffery) Wendler of St. Jacob, IL;
13 grandchildren, Joshua, Nicholas,
Carrie, Emma and Sarah;
one brother, Charles (Betty) Smith of St. Charles, MO;
and two sisters, Marilyn Mitas of Mebane, NC,
and Nancy (Dennis) Dubach of Highland, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2016, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2016, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Jack McEvily officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.
Rick and family I am so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I will be thinking of you.
David Oswald, Orangeburg, SC, 29115
Dear Mary, and all of the rest of your wonderful family,
On behalf of the Mills clan, let me express our sadness in hearing the news Richard’s passing. He was a fine man, led a productive life and leaves a lasting legacy in his children and grandchildren. He should indeed rest in peace. It was an honor to know him.
Warm greetings to all your family members who may read this. We look forward to seeing any who may pass this way.
Mary, I hope the coming weeks and months are easier for you as you adjust to your new situation.
Jerry Mills, Marine, IL, 62061