JOHNSONBURG - Richard Marcel Smith, 77, of Bridge Street, Johnsonburg, died unexpectedly at home Friday (May 24, 2013).
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He was born on Dec. 30, 1935, in Kane, the son of Dewey Marcel and Linda Wilhelmina Anderson Smith. On June 14, 1958, he married Gwendolyn Preston Smith, who passed away March 28, 2010.
A Johnsonburg resident, he graduated from Wilcox Area High School and Penn State University with both a bachelor of science degree and a master's degree.
Rich is survived by his daughter, Adrienne Danielle Jonsson, his son-in-law, Lars Ruben Lennartsson Jonsson, and his two beloved grandchildren, Renee Christina Karolin Smith Jonsson and Ronan Alexander Daniel Smith Jonsson, all of Kennett Square; as well as his sister, Phyllis (Harold) Hagman of Kane; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, James Nevin Smith; and his sister, Eileen Beverly Rhoads.
Rich was active in many organizations in the community. He was most known for his work with the Johnsonburg Public Library, where he has been board president for many years. An avid genealogist, he was the founder and first president of the Elk County Genealogy Society and the American Swedish Historical Museum's Genealogy Club. He was also an officer of the Elk County Community Foundation and several Johnsonburg-based associations.
Rich was a dedicated teacher, and his proudest professional accomplishment was serving as program leader and professor of business administration at Penn State University, DuBois Campus.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ubel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Stephen Fair officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonville/Wilcox Servicemen's Detail. Military members are asked to assemble at the funeral home at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
Rich asked that any donations be made to the Johnsonburg Public Library.
Ubel Funeral Home
111 Bridge Street
Johnsonburg, PA 15845
Published in The Bradford Era from May 29 to June 4, 2013