Richard F. “Dick” Smith, 85, of Rockford, IL passed away peacefully early Friday morning, June 17, 2022, in Mercy Hospital. Dick was born May 8, 1937, in Carleton, MI the son of Floyd J. and Lillian M. (Monforton) Smith and was one of 7 children. Dick graduated from Litchfield, MI High School and attended Michigan State University. Dick married his high school sweetheart, Barbara A. Groshko on August 29. 1959 in Hillsdale, MI; and to this union they would be blessed with four beautiful children. Dick spent the bulk of his career serving in the insurance business. He worked for Prudential and then became an independent agent owning his own agency. Dick enjoyed being involved in the community. He served our country for six years in the National Guard; his civic involvement came as a founding member of the Litchfield Lions Club, where he served as president, and eventually became the Deputy District Governor for that area. He later was involved in the Jackson Cascades Lions club. He was an avid supporter of the local high school athletics programs, including being instrumental in major renovations of the football field and the track. Dick enjoyed a round of golf, attending Spartan football games, traveling “Up North” to snowmobile, and puttering around the lake on his pontoon boat. He made friends wherever he went whether it was on the golf course filling out a foursome, at the boat dock chatting up folks or in the stands at sporting events meeting those around him. But, above all, Dick loved his wife, loved his children, and loved his grandchildren.
Dick is loved and will be missed by his wife, Barbara; children, David Smith of Grayson, GA, Tracy (Rick) Jaconette of Rockford, IL. Janet Smith of Seattle, WA, Tom Smith of Palm Springs, CA; grandchildren, Bryan Smith, Bradley Smith, Steven Jaconette, Anne Jaconette; great grandson, Connor Smith; sister, Virginia Fortune of Hendersonville, NC; brother, Ed Smith of Houston, TX; numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Gerald Smith, Robert Smith, Lois Cunningham, and Mary Ann Ray, and son-in-law Bill Hughes.
Private family remembrance was observed. A celebration of Dick’s life will be held at a later date.
Those wishing to remember Dick can send a memorial gift to the American Cancer Society, or the charity of their choice.
Arrangements by Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL