Richard Smith

Mar 29th, 1934 - Apr 25th, 2019
Richard Smith

Marion- Richard Wayne Smith, 85, of Marion, formerly of Arcola and Mattoon, died at 9:23 AM, Thursday, April 25, 2019 at his home.

Richard was born at home in Liberty Township, IL on March 29, 1934.  He was the fifth child and fourth son of Ernest L. and Edna O. (Nettles) Smith. 

Dick retired from Quantum Chemicals (formerly USI) in 1992 after 36 years.  When he retired, he was process shift supervisor in the Alcohol unit.  He served as the Vice President of Local 515 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

He was an active adult leader of Scout Troop 88 and Pack 96 of the Boy Scouts of America.  He served on the Arcola City Council, Humboldt Village board and served as Democrat precinct committeeman in Humboldt Township.  His hobbies included fishing, mushroom hunting, woodworking, gardening, landscaping, reading and woodcarving.  He created several walking sticks and made wooden toys.

Survivors include- his daughters- Denise Stearnes and husband Bryan of Marion, Jill Kelley of Jewett, IL and Terri Reed and husband David of Sullivan, daughter-in-law-Carolyn Smith of Arcola, step-daughters- Debbie Edwards and husband Steve of Arcola, Kathy Pullen of Humboldt, IL and Linda McCowen and husband Drew of Ft. Riley, KS.  Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sally Smith, former wife MaryBelle Fulton, son- Kevin Smith, son in laws- Terry Kelley and Doug Pullen and brothers- George, Elmer, Delmar, Leroy and Raymond and sister- Edna Charles.

His wish was to be cremated with no services. Memorial arrangements were made at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion.

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13 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Becky Hudson

    From: Charleston , Illinois

    Date: April 27, 2019

    I always enjoyed going to your house as kids while our parents visited and played cards. I’ll never forget how happy I was to see Kevin and Dick as the first ones there when my car got hit by a train at the Locust street crossing back in 1974. My heart breaks for all of you as you go through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️

  • Guest: Eric & Rose Smith

    From: Hennessey, Oklahoma

    Date: April 27, 2019

    Our deepest and sincere sympathy to all the family. Our Prayers will be with you all in the upcoming days and always. Love, Eric & Rose Smith family

  • Guest: Linda Koeberlein

    From: Williamsville, Illinois

    Date: April 27, 2019

    Dick was one of a kind. The last of the uncles in the Smith family line. Quick with a joke, laugh or a tease. He will be greatly missed.

  • Guest: Curt McDaniel

    From: Tuscola, Illinois

    Date: April 28, 2019

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. It was a joy working with Dick at the plant. We send our prayers to the Family during this time.

  • Guest: Wilford & Ginnie Stark

    From: Arcola, Illinois

    Date: April 28, 2019

    Our prayers are with you all . Last we saw him was at your reunion Class of 72.

  • Guest: Nancy Mcdonald

    From: Indianapolis, Indiana

    Date: April 28, 2019

    Uncle Dick to many was always quick to pick at you but you always knew he loved you and lord if more than one Smith brothers started picky you were in for it.. Now the brothers and one sisters are reunited.. Will be truly missed….

  • Guest: Stephen and Diane Sayers

    From: Weldon, Illinois

    Date: April 28, 2019

    Steve and I would like to send our sympathy and prayers to both Richards and Sally family’s at this time of loss

  • Guest: Pat Neuhauser

    From: Sullivan, Illinois

    Date: April 29, 2019

    Terri. So sorry for the loss of your father. He sounded like a good man. I’m sorry for the pain of loosing both parents in such a short span of time.

  • Guest: Donald A Edwards Jr

    From: Arcola, Illinois

    Date: April 29, 2019

    So very sorry for the loss of Dick he was one of a kind and sally was a soul mate to him. I always enjoyed working with him and tried to keep in touch with him after he retired and always wanted to know how Denise was doing, She was always special to me.

  • Guest: Cindy Dunagan Marrs

    From: Kansas, Illinois

    Date: May 3, 2019


    I was so sorry to learn of the loss of your father.
    Praying for the love of family & friends to surround you.

  • Guest: Charles ‘Cotton’ and Lee Ruphard

    From: North Hampton, New Hampshire

    Date: May 4, 2019

    Dick was a good friend for many years and will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Guest: Mark Finley

    From: Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Date: May 5, 2019

    He was an intelligent man with a wry sense of humor, and fun to be around. I am glad that I knew him. RIP Dick.

  • Guest: Rita C. Kemme

    From: Effingham, Illinois

    Date: July 14, 2019

    Not sure if you remember me. I met you in Mattoon when Sally was so ill. I learned of Dick’s death through Debbie and Kathy. I was so sorry to hear. Not sure if you will still get this as it has been almost 3 months. I wanted to try to tell you we thought a lot of dick and got to know him through Sally and visited several times with them. He had given us some of his carvings, One is a hummingbirds cause he knew how much I liked them and my husband has a :Mouse:. We especially liked to visit in Humboldt and he showed us some of the many canes he had carved. How I wish that I had had him carve one for me. I still have his “OLD DICK” card and it never failed to amuse me. Again I am so sorry for your loss.
    Rita Kemme