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Richard A. Smith

August 18, 1948 ~ January 16, 2019 (age 70)

Richard A. Smith, age 70 of Bellefontaine, Ohio passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Belle Springs Nursing Home in Bellefontaine after a long illness.

He was born August 18, 1948, a son of the late Laird “Smitty” and Betty E. Smith.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Lynn Owen.

He was married for forty seven years to the former Joan Schrader and she survives in Bellefontaine along with their children, Alissa (David) Ritter, Matthew (Gloria) Smith, Bethany Smith and Dezirae Smith; grandchildren, Marissa Ritter of Wapakoneta, Ohio, Dean Smith and Riley Smith both of Columbus, Ohio and Catrina Smith of Bellefontaine; great-grandchildren blessing their family include Logan Allen Wilson and Raven Wilson of Wapakoneta; siblings, Anita (Don) Stalk of Bellefontaine, Phyllis (Allen) Smith of Navarre, Florida and Edward (Debbie) Smith of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews complete his family

Richard proudly served in the United States Army in Thailand during the Viet Nam War after graduating from Columbus Public Schools in 1973.

Although he was employed by several businesses, his main career was a car inspector for the Conrail & CSX railroad.

Richard loved his family and supported his children by being a 4-H leader, Cub Scout leader and an assistant coach for Little League baseball.  He was an avid fan of the Chieftain Football, marching band, and The OSU Buckeyes.

He was also a member of the First Christian Church for fifty years and was currently a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Bellefontaine.

Friends may call Friday, January 18, 2019 from 4 to 6 P.M. at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Bellefontaine, where Pastor Steve Merrin will conduct the funeral service at 11 A.M. Saturday, January 19, 2019. 

Burial will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery in West Liberty, Ohio with military honors provided by the Logan County Veteran Honor Guard.

Donations may be made to:

American Lung Association
1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Suite 800, Washington DC 20004

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