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Richard R. Smith

November 13, 1940 - April 11, 2021

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Richard R. Smith, the son of Ray Frank and Dorothy (Larson) Smith, was born November 13, 1940 in Fairfax, Missouri. He attended Fairfax High School, Fairfax, graduating in 1958. Richard then attended a semester at University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri and completed one year at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri.


On September 19, 1961, Richard entered the United States Air Force where he served his country for four years, receiving his honorable discharge on April 26, 1965.


On December 21, 1968, Richard was united in marriage to Rene Harrington at the home of Betty and Jake McCall, Rock Port, Missouri. They made their home in Rock Port.


Richard worked as a meat grader and certifier. He was employed for one year in Omaha, Nebraska, seven years for Missouri Beef Packers, Phelps City, Missouri, one and half years in Garden City, Kansas, and for 20 years in Emporia, Kansas. Richard had an apartment and lived in each of these communities so that Rene and his family could stay in Rock Port. He was a dedicated and faithful family man and employee.


Richard loved all types of sports. He was very competitive and especially enjoyed coaching Little League Football. Richard passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Living Community, St. Joseph, Missouri, at the age of 80.


Besides his parents, Richard was preceded in death by wife, Rene Smith; son, Kerry Oswald; sister, Cheryl Poppa; numerous brothers and sisters in law. Survivors include children, Roger (Alice) Oswald, Macclenny, Florida, Ronald Oswald, Jacksonville, Florida, and Kim Smith, Bethany, Missouri; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Burt Smith, St. Joseph and Amy Lynn Smith, Kansas City, Missouri, sister-in-law, Betty (Jake) McCall, Rock Port; numerous nieces and nephews.


Graveside Service and Interment: 11:00 A.M., Friday, April 16, 2021, English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax, Missouri.

There is no family visitation. Open visitation begins 9:00 A.M., Thursday, April 15, 2021, Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.

Memorials: American Cancer Society

Arrangements: Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.