Richard Smith

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PIQUA — The Rev. S. Richard Smith, 84, of Piqua, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 11:27 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, following a short illness.

Richard was born in Covington on June 14, 1931, and spent his early years in Covington graduating from Covington High School in 1949. He married Marjorie Elaine Collins in 1951 and they enjoyed 59 years of marriage until her death in 2010. Richard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era and served overseas in Germany.

After being discharged from the Army in 1953 Richard moved to Piqua where he and Elaine raised their family of three (Jane, Doug and Dianne). After working as an accountant for more than 20 years Richard felt a calling to enter pastoral ministry. He was always dedicated to his home church, Madison Avenue Church of God, but felt the Lord calling him to serve as an ordained pastor. He served churches in Indiana, Florida and Ohio until his retirement brought him back to Piqua.

Richard was preceded in death by his mother and father, Gladys and Stanley Smith; his wife, Marjorie Elaine; two sisters, Annette Reedy and June Brumbaugh; and granddaughter Emily Waack.

He is survived by a sister, Marilyn; and his children, Jane (Timothy) Willoughby, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, Doug (Darlene) Smith, of Gahanna and Dianne (Randy) Koon, of Greenfield, Indiana. Richard is also survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his fiancee Phyllis Dale, of Sidney.

A service to honor his life will begin at noon Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua, with Chaplain (Colonel) Tim Willoughby and Pastor Alan Leach officiating. Burial will follow at Miami Memorial Park where full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Connection Point Church of God, 1510 Campbell Road, Sidney OH 45365 or one's favorite charity.

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Published in Sidney Daily News from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2015
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