Richard H. Smith, age 76 years, a resident of the Tunnel Hill community for the past 19 years, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, March 17, 2019, at 6:30 AM at the Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Illinois.
Richard was born November 30, 1942 in Madison, Arkansas.
On October 10, 1961, Richard was united in marriage to Barbara S. Springs at Forrest City, Arkansas. She survives.
Other survivors include: 3 children – Mark Alan (Debbie) Smith of Vienna along with Debbie’s daughter, Macie, Laura (Bill) Daniels and Michael Shannon (Tracy) Smith all of Coal City, Illinois; 3 grandchildren – Elizabeth (Joe) Koester, Candace (Jake) Ditzler and Allison Taylor (Jeremy) Nugent; 5 great grandchildren – Aiden, Abigail, Tatum, Audi, and Grey; and a dear friend whom Richard loved as a daughter, Trudi Musich of Gilbertsville, Kentucky. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Richard was anticipating the birth of a great grandchildren expected in July 2019.
Richard was preceded in death by his mother – Jewel (nee) Smith; 3 sisters – Ann Crippen, Mary Helen Hahn and Joyce Ann Miller; and a brother – Jerry Wayne Williams.
Richard was a 1961 graduate of East Morton High School in Cicero, Illinois. He was employed from 1963-1967 as an undercover police officer by the Chicago Police Dept. He also served as a police officer for the city of Romeoville, Illinois. Later, Richard was employed by the Chicago Transit Authority as a municipal bus driver. Richard also was an over-the-road truck driver and last worked for Yellow Frieght Line, Inc. Richard was a proud teamster and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Temasters, Local # 710 in Chicago and #179 in Joliet.
Richard was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He loved raising and riding horses. Richard also enjoyed cars, trucks and riding motorcycles.
He was of the Baptist faith.
A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 11 AM at the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery. Pastor Travis Wilson will officiate. Those attending the service are asked to gather at the cemetery at 10:45 AM Wednesday.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 211 East Grand, Chicago, Illinois 60611 www.rmhccni.org or to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
To share a memory of Richard or to leave an online message of condolence for his family, please visit www.baileyfh.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.