RICHARD DEAN SMITH, passed peacefully on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital. "He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather." He was born in Clinton, Mo., on Feb. 1, 1940. He married his high school sweetheart, Francis Arlene Smith, on June 1, 1958. Together they raised their children while pursuing their careers in the dog business. Richard was the chairman of the AKC in Northeast Indiana for many years. He also served time in the Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife, Francis; children, Gary Douglas Smith, Mark Lynn Smith and Beth Charlene Buckler; and grandchildren, Casey, Leah, Justin, Amanda, Jason, Taylor, and Kylie. Service is 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, with calling from noon until time of service. Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors
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Published by Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jun. 6, 2021.