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Richard L. "Dick" Smith

August 17, 1942 - August 29, 2018

Richard L.

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Richard (Dick, Smitty) L. Smith, Belvidere, IL

Richard L. Smith, 76 died at home on August 29, 2018 in the arms of his loving wife.  Born August 17, 1942 in Virginia to Fred and Maude (Grubbs) Smith.  He moved to Belvidere at the age of three and attended Belivdere schools.  RIchard was a very talented athlete, graduating in 1960.  Following high school he served our country in Korea during Vietnam; he was honorably discharged from the Army in 1964 as a Sharp Shooter Specialist.  Richard started his career with Sundstrand Corporation (UTC) in 1967 as a Senior Quality Engineer, retiring in 2003 after thirty six years.  He was one of the original “Dreaded Sundstrand Raiders” softball team members which was “One winning team”!

Richard married Patricia (Patty) Lee Smith on August 10, 1985.  Together they loved to travel, especially to Hilton Head Island, SC.  They loved just being together doing anything.  He enjoyed woodworking, which brought out his creative side; making entertainment centers, benches, and step-stools for all the little ones.  Richard enjoyed bowling; he even scored a 300 game.  He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, boating and riding scooters with Patty.

Dick was grateful for the friends in his life – some for 50 years; Jim and Bonnie Johnson, Tom and Jenny Roland, Dave and Debby Rogers, Les and Myriam Wicklund, and Rick and Lavonne Lowe.

Until his illness, he played golf several times weekly for many years with what he considered the best foursome, not so much with talent, but in friendship; Dr. Al Francik, George Kelly and Tom Mohr.  Wolf Hollow will never be the same.

Richard is loved and will be missed by his wife and best friend, Patty; daughter Candace (Russ) Nelson; and the best niece he could ask for, Debbie (Mike) Clanin; numerous brothers in-law, sisters in-law and their families.  Special thanks to great neighbors, Joe and Margie Martino, Carrie and Pat Coffee, and Julie Smith, who were always available to offer a hand to help as well as their support.  To Kamme and Josh Dahlberg, Kim and Bob Gorney and others from Members Alliance Credit Union for support during Dick’s illness.  We are grateful for Mercy Hospice and Home Health Care’s tender care and support.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, son (Tyler Smith), sister and brother in-law (Priscilla (Patsy) and Burnell (Butch) Barr), nephew (Tracy Barr), and father and mother in-law (Karl, Norma and Shirley Kuczynski).

A memorial gathering will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue., Belvidere, IL.    A time of Reflecting on the Life of Richard Smith will be held at Noon.  Military Rites will be accorded and a reception to follow.  Please dress casually.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in care of Richard’s family for memorial benches at both, Swan Hills Golf Course and Wolf Hollow Golf Course.  To share a remembrance, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com

Service Schedule

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
10:00 am - 11:45 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

A memorial gathering will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue., Belvidere, IL.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
12:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

A time of Reflecting on the Life of Richard Smith will be held at Noon.  Military Rites will be accorded and a reception to follow.  Please dress casually.

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Dear Patty & Candy –

We are very saddened to hear of Dicks passing and I enjoyed knowing and working with him all these years. Our deepest sympathy to you both and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are of you.

Scott & Wendy Calacci 2018-09-04T12:06:26

Patty,
We are sorry for you loss.
Dave will miss his first thing in the morning haircuts.
You’re in our thoughts. Love Kerri & Dave

Kerri Dennis 2018-09-01T17:24:47

Dear Patty, We send our deepest condolences to you & Candace. We have and forever will keep the fondest memories of Dick opening his home to that crazy Best side of the family two years ago. It was such a joy to get to know him, and we lost him far too soon. We love you dearly and we lift you up in our prayers as we’ve been doing. Much love, Ellen & John

Ellen Best 2018-09-01T11:12:53

Patty,
We are so sorry for your loss, our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you.
Mike and Vickie Langton

Vickie Langton 2018-09-01T08:28:39

Dick and I shared a cubicle at Sundstrand while working on contract for a couple years. We were on opposite sides politically so we had several heated but friendly discussions. He will be missed.

Don Hyson 2018-09-01T06:11:37

Pat and family, it was joy to work with Dick for many years. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Janice and John Edwards

Janice Edwards 2018-08-31T19:30:21

Patti are thoughts are with you. So sorry for your loss

Ginger & Ed 2018-08-31T11:22:29

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