Richard Albertus "Buddy" Smith, age 83 of Springfield, passed away Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville. He was born March 2, 1938, in Manton. He was a retired employee of General Electric Appliance Park in Louisville with 29 years of service. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Manton where he served as a Sacristan for 40 years. He was a co-founder of the Manton Jam. He also loved gardening. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Barton Smith, Jr. and Margaret Stella Reed Smith; one sister, Evelyn Marie Smith; three brothers, Edward Leo Smith, Joseph "Herb" Smith and John B. Smith; two brothers-in-law, Reuben Taylor and Albertus Nally; one son-in-law, Dennis Ruley. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Charlotte Hamilton Smith; five children, Darice Russell (Stick) of Springfield, Jean Marie Smith (Gary) of Goshen, Faye Carrico (Forest) of Springfield, Deborah Ruley of Bardstown and Missy Holman (Dwayne) of Springfield; 16 grandchildren, Candace Chesser, Aaron Russell, Kaelyn Simms, Nathaniel Smith, Natalie Sajko, Hannah Smith, Hunter Smith, Wesley Carrico, Andrea Heibert, Daniel Carrico, Nicholle Edlin, Christen Hahn, Zachary Ruley, Trae Bolin, Riley Bolin and Cade Bolin; 17 great grandchildren; two sisters, Catherine Taylor of Loretto and Betty Nally of Fredericktown; one brother, Bobby Smith (Alline) of Loretto; one sister-in-law, Susie Smith of Lebanon and a number of nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4653 Cissellville Road, Manton. Rev. Michael Martin will officiate. The unvaccinated must wear a face covering inside the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Mattingly Funeral Home, 195 Holy Cross Road, Loretto, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. by Rev. Deacon Joseph R. Dant. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers and his granddaughters will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Published by The Springfield Sun from Oct. 6 to Oct. 12, 2021.